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Information for children
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Throughout the pandemic, GOV.UK have released guidance materials to support families and schools. Please click the link below to access these documents.
tWICE WEEKLY TESTING - UPDATED guidance for parents and carers of children attending out-of-school settings
The DfE have updated their guidance for parents and carers of children attending out-of-school settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak to include a section on asymptomatic coronavirus (COVID-19) testing. This section provides information on how members of a household, childcare or support bubble of a primary or secondary-age pupil or college student can access twice-weekly testing.
Order Household LFD Tests
Households where there are primary and secondary aged children are able to access regular rapid lateral flow tests. Anyone who wants to order a test online can do here: Applicants will receive 7 tests that should normally arrive within 2 days.
Test and Trace support payment for parents
Parents and carers of children who have been advised to self-isolate by their education setting or by NHS Test and Trace are now able to apply for a Test and Trace Support Payment or discretionary payment of £500, if they meet the eligibility criteria. The extension of the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme, which is administered by district and unitary local authorities in England, ensures that parents receive the financial support they need if they are unable to attend work due to childcare responsibilities.
Parents and carers should apply to their local authority to receive a payment. Applications for the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme are made via the local authority in which the parent or carer resides, not the local authority where the setting is situated, if these are different.
To be eligible applicants must meet all of the criteria that:
· they are the parent or guardian of a child or young person in the same household and need to take time off work to care for them while they self- isolate. This is limited to one parent or guardian per household for the child or young person’s self-isolation period
· they are employed or self-employed
· they cannot work from home while undertaking caring responsibilities and will lose income as a result
· they meet all the other means-tested eligibility criteria for a Test and Trace Support Payment or locally determined criteria for a discretionary payment
That their child or young person:
· is aged 15 or under (or 25 or under with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC)) and normally attends an education or childcare setting
· has been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace or by their education or childcare setting because they have been identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19)
Nurseries, schools, colleges and further education providers are required to provide a letter to all parents or carers of the children advised to self-isolate, to support their application to the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme. The letter must detail the child’s name and date of self-isolation. Parents or carers will then be able to provide this letter to their local authority as evidence that their child is required to self-isolate.
Once an application for a payment has been received, the local authority will be in touch with your setting to verify the details of the child provided on the application. This will include a check of the child’s name, age, address and days of self-isolation. This check is to minimise the event of fraudulent claims. It may be conducted before or after a payment is made, depending on the arrangements the individual local authority has chosen to put in place.
Covid-19 Risk Assessment
The Covid-19 Risk Assessment is regularly updated. The completed document includes names and detailed notes, click here to see a blank version of the risk assessment we are using at Birchfield Primary School to ensure safety for our families and staff.
Covid Catch-up Premium
Below is an overview of how we are currently spending our ‘Covid catch-up premium’. Within this academic year we will spend more than has been allocated to us therefore we will use some pupil premium funding and money from the main school budget to cover these essential costs. Our approach is fluid and flexible as we are taking the lead from the children with their needs and requirements.
Please click here to view our catch up plan.