We are now in the month of December and preparations are well under way for all our festive celebrations and performances. The children have been working very hard and we look forward to sharing their work with you. You can find out more by clicking here
Value of the Month
According to a recent study only 21% of today’s children regularly play outside, compared with 71% of their parents, who regularly played outside as children.
Report a Positive COVID-19 Test
COVID 19 Frequently Asked Questions – December 2021
- My child has a new or continuous cough/fever/ loss of smell or taste, can I send them to school?
No, if your child has any of the recognised COVID-19 symptoms as identified by Public Health England please keep them at home and arrange for a PCR test. Please inform the school office of a positive result by following the link and completing the form: https://www.cognitoforms.com/ColdfallPrimarySchool/ReportAPositiveCOVID19Test
- My child has a fever but tested negative, can they come into school?
No, if your child has a fever but has also tested negative, we ask that they stay at home as they are unfit for school. Your child needs to be able to maintain a normal temperature without the aid of paracetamol/ibuprofen for 24 hours to be able to return to school.
- Can I use a Lateral Flow Device (LFD) test for my primary school child?
Yes, Lateral Flow Device (LFD) testing is now recommended to children under the age of 12 and should be used as a preventative measure in the outbreak management response for primary schools starting from reception age (4 years old). New evidence has emerged suggesting that LFD tests are more than 80% effective at detecting any level of COVID-19 infection which is much higher than previously thought. For this reason, the DFE are now recommending the use of LFD tests more routinely within schools as they are a useful public health tool for limiting the spread of the virus but must be used ONLY by those showing no symptoms of COVID-19.
- One or both parents have tested positive, and my child has tested positive on a Lateral Flow Device (LFD) Test? Do I send them to school?
No, children who have tested positive on an LFD must stay at home and arrange for a PCR test immediately (regardless of having already had a negative PCR test result). Students from reception age or above – who live with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 and are not showing symptoms, should in addition to arranging a PCR test also take a LFD test every day for 7 days while they continue to attend school or work – testing should start from when the first person in the home tests positive as household transmission is very likely to happen. If at any time the student becomes symptomatic, they must stay at home and arrange for a PCR test immediately (regardless of having already had a negative PCR test result).’
Your child should book in for a PCR test which can be arranged by following this link: https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test
- What do I do if my child tests positive for COVID?
Please fill in the online form on the school’s website:
A member of the Administration Team from the school may ring you to gain further details and advise you accordingly.
- Is Public Health Haringey informed of a positive case in the school?
Yes, a member of the Senior Leadership Team will inform Haringey Public Health of all positive cases within the school. If there are multiple cases within a class/year group, the Public Health team will advise the school as to whether further action including a class/year group isolation may be required. No personal details are shared, only numbers of cases and their year groups.
- A child in my child’s class has tested positive, but my child has tested negative, does my child have to isolate?
No, in line with updated Public Health advice, if there has only been a single case within a class, and the school have identified close contacts to the positive case, the school will ask close contacts to take a LFD test as soon as it is possible to do so – and repeat the LFD test 3 days later. PCR testing for close contacts would also still be advised.
- A child in my child’s class has tested positive, and my child has tested positive, does my child have to isolate?
Yes, please follow the advice in question 3 above.
- My child has tested positive and is now isolating what remote learning will be provided for them?
Your child’s class teacher will be informed that they have tested positive for Covid-19 and will not be in school for the agreed isolation period in accordance with NHS guidance. The class teacher will contact you by email or phone to explain how to access Oak National Academy and which areas to focus on whilst they are isolating and well enough to access learning.
- My child is very ill with COVID-19 are they required to complete Oak National Academy work?
No, if your child is unfit for schoolwork, they are not required to complete online work. Once they are fit again and if they are still in isolation, they will then be expected to access the Oak National Academy work in line with the teacher’s recommendations.
- How will I be informed about positive cases in school?
You will only be informed about a positive case in your child’s class/year group. Letters will be sent by email.
- We have come back from abroad and are required to isolate what should I do?
You will need to inform the school office if you have been abroad and are unable to return to school due to an enforced isolation. Please email the school office about your child’s isolation period inclusive of the return date. You need to include the reason for isolation e.g. is it enforced by government guidelines (amber or red countries) or your child has symptoms (report as child unwell for school). The class teacher will inform you of work to be completed on Oak National Academy which can be accessed through the class lockdown page.
- A member of the family or a close contact has tested positive, does my child still need to isolate?
No, please refer to the information in question 4. A member of staff may contact you for further information.
- Can my child attend school if they are awaiting the results of a PCR test due to close contact?
Yes, if your child does not have any COVID 19 symptoms as identified by Public Health and they are well, they should attend school. If your child has any of the COVID symptoms as identified by Public Health or is unfit for school, they should NOT attend school.
- What happens if lots of children at school test positive?
If this happens, we will involve our local health protection team and they will advise us if any additional action is required. This may include wider testing or certain groups or classes moving to remote education.
- What happens if a staff member tests positive?
The staff member will self-isolate for 10 days. If a teacher tests positive, the children will be taught by a cover member of staff. Some remote teaching may be available if the staff member is well enough to work.
- Will children be in bubbles?
Children will no longer be in class bubbles. Break times and lunch time will be shared with other classes and year groups. Children will eat their lunch in the hall. Where possible, children will sit together with their class for lunch and tables will be sanitised in between use by different groups.
18.Will there be whole school assemblies?
Children will not take part in whole school assemblies. Monday and singing assemblies will be attended by individual year groups in rotation. The rest of the children will be able to watch a video recording of each assembly. Friday’s class assemblies can be only be attended by 2 family members per child, socially distanced and wearing masks (unless exempt)
19.If my question is not answered here what should I do?
Please get in touch with the school office, we are happy to help.
HEAD TEACHER’S WELCOME
Welcome to Coldfall Primary School. We are a large, vibrant three-form entry primary school located in Muswell Hill, North London.
We aim to give each child the best foundations for them to be happy, confident and successful lifelong learners. Our stimulating curriculum reflects and embraces the diverse culture and backgrounds of our community. We are committed to ensuring that children master the fundamentals of reading, writing and mathematics as well as ensuring the broad and exciting curriculum enables each child the opportunity to find their passion and develop their talents.
We employ enthusiastic, passionate, vocational teachers who recognise the imperative upon them to be exemplary role models and to nurture each child to become the best that they can be. The school is committed to developing the practice of the teachers to be exemplary so that they can have the greatest impact on the children they serve.
Coldfall is fortunate to have an extensive and beautiful outdoor spaces, supported by specialist teachers, that provides unrivalled opportunities to develop a healthy, active lifestyle and also to learn how care for our environment and its importance. Everything we do at Coldfall is rooted in a values based approach that builds moral, responsible and active global citizens who develop, value and maintain positive relationships with all.
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Please look at the recent virtual tour led by our previous Head Teacher by clicking here.