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COVID-19

This is where the most up-to-date advice and information will be found regarding Covid-19 at Duke of Kent School. 

For any urgent Covid 19 enquires, please email Mrs Sarjant, Lead School Nurse at csarjant@dokschool.org

 

Latest DOK Covid-19 News (16.01.22)

 

LATEST UK COVID-19 NEWS

The Health Secretary Sajid Javid has said that "From Monday (17th January) people will be able to leave isolation after negative lateral flow tests on days five and six"  

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-59980505

However!  Please be warned that we have already experienced a number of pupil positive cases this term who are still testing LFD positive on days 6, 7, and sometimes 8 too!

Also new this weekend, it has been announced that 16 & 17-year-olds can now book their booster (third) Covid-19 jab.

 

Current Positive Cases at school

As of 17th January 2022, we have been informed of a recent LFD positive case of a pupil who may have been infectious whilst at school, in year 7 and also a new LFD positive case in year 11.  

Please continue to be vigilant and check here regularly for updates as to which year groups are currently affected by Covid 19. 

Any pupils with potential symptoms must isolate and book a PCR test at the following address https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test

 

Protective measures

A reminder that all senior pupils are currently required to wear a face cover in communal areas, in class, and on the bus.  Prep pupils are also asked to wear face covers on the bus, so please ensure they have one with them for away matches or school trips!  Please can pupils provide their own face covers - we are currently getting through an excessive amount of spares at school!  Reusable face covers are kinder for the environment.  Thank you!

Children may also carry their own supply of hand sanitiser, but are also encouraged to perform good and regular hand hygiene with soap and water.

At school, we are making sure there is good ventilation to reduce the risk of transmission of Covid-19.

 

Covid Immunisations 12-15 year olds

12-15 year olds now qualify for x2 Covid immunisations, 12 weeks apart.  For those who were immunised at school on October 14th, your second immunisation is now due (from 6th January onwards).  You can either get your second jab at school on Wednesday 9th February 2022 (please complete your consent form by 2nd February - see the Duke of Kent Covid Parent letter below), or book an appointment at a community clinic via the national booking system at the following link.  Please be aware that your child will not be given a Covid jab if they have tested positive for Covid 19 in the last 12 weeks.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/

Any pupils who have turned 16 will not be immunised at school - please also book your appointments via the national booking system.

Please remember to notify Mrs Sarjant when your child has been immunised so that their school health record can be updated.

If you're still unsure as to whether to vaccinate your child, on 13th January, the Department for Education gave the following rationales for Covid-19 immunisations for 12-15 year olds:

  • It is estimated that a 60% vaccine uptake among healthy 12 to 15 year olds will reduce confirmed cases of COVID-19 in this group in the period up to 31 March 2022 by 33%. This equates to a reduction of 110,000 school days absent in this age group due to confirmed COVID-19 cases.
  • Research shows that those who do become infected 3 weeks after receiving one dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or AstraZeneca vaccine are between 38% and 49% less likely to pass the virus on to their household contacts than those who are unvaccinated.

 

Asymptomatic Testing

Lateral Flow Test kits have been handed out to senior pupils on Monday 10th January (1 box of 7 tests each).  Rapid lateral flow tests should be performed twice  a week (we recommend Wednesday and Sunday evenings) by all staff and senior pupils.  There is no longer a 90-day exemption rule for anyone who has tested positive for Covid 19, as it is entirely possible to be infected twice within 90 days since the emergence of the Omicron variant.

Please ensure you register your lateral flow device (LFD) test results online at https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result. You do not need to report to covidtesting@dokschool.org unless it's a "back to school mass test" at the start of a new term.

If a pupil tests positive on their asymptomatic LFD test, they must then isolate - from Tuesday 11th January, confirmatory PCR tests are no longer required for asymptomatic LFD positive cases.  However, please be aware it is still the case that anyone who is poorly/has symptoms, must book a PCR test - LFD tests are only for asymptomatic use and for day 6 and 7 testing for those who have Covid 19. 

If your child is poorly/symptomatic and has had a negative LFD test at home, you will still be asked to provide evidence of a negative PCR test before they can return to school - there are many documented cases where people with negative LFD test results have subsequently tested positive on PCRs.  Thank you for understanding.

 

Positive Cases - what to do

If your child tests positive for Covid-19 either on a LFD or PCR test, please contact Chloe Sarjant at csarjant@dokschool.org.  You will also need to speak to NHS Test and Trace (ring 119 or they will contact you) who lead close contact tracing (schools are no longer asked to trace close contacts).  Your child will need to perform daily LFD tests 24 hours apart from day six (from day five from Monday 17th January) of their isolation period (with the first day of symptoms, or the date of their positive test, whichever is earliest, being "day zero").  Please email Mrs Sarjant a photograph of their LFD tests each day from day six onwards (from day five from Monday 17th January).  As soon as your child has two consecutive negative LFD test results 24 hours apart from day seven onwards (and they have no fever) they will be allowed to return to school.  Please be aware we are experiencing several cases where LFD tests are still positive at day 6, 7 or even 8!

If your child is feeling unwell they will not be expected to complete any remote learning whilst isolating - please liaise with their form tutor to let them know when your child is well enough to do some remote learning.  Remote learning in most cases will be offered via "google classroom", with lessons on occasion being live-streamed where possible, although this may not be the case in the lower year groups.

 

Useful links for more information:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/what-parents-and-carers-need-to-know-about-early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak