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COVID-19 Updates

  • Letter for parents/carers on the removal of Plan B measures

Ruth Tennent, Solihull Director of Public Health, has written a letter [link] to all parents and carers about the removal of Plan B measures and what this means for education settings.

 

  • Lateral Flow Test Kits for Parents, Carers & Families

Despite some national supply issues, lateral flow tests are readily available in Solihull for parents, carers and families to access. Please see the document below for more information.

SMBCPHLFDTestingKitsForFamilies20220121

 

  • Covid-19 Guide for Parents and Carers

Please find attached a guidance document providing information for parents and carers of children under the age of 18 years and 6 months who have –

  • Developed symptoms of Covid-19
  • Tested positive for Covid-19
  • Been identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for Covid-19

Covid-19 Guide for Parents and Carers

 

  • Covid-19 and the Christmas holiday

We have been advised that all staff and students should use lateral flow tests in line with national guidance i.e. test if they will be spending time in crowded/enclosed spaces and before visiting people who are at higher risk of severe illness if they encounter the virus.  All staff and students in educational and childcare settings should take one self-test at home either the evening or morning before they return to school in January. They should then continue to test twice weekly.

As you will appreciate, this information is only as current as we write this. If anything changes, we will contact you before the start of term.

 

  • Covid-19 vaccinations for 12 to 15 year olds

All young people aged 12 to 15 are now eligible to have two doses of the Covid-19 vaccination. A second dose can be given 12 weeks (3 months) after the first dose.

 

Two doses of the Pfizer vaccine will give young people the best protection against Covid-19. The medicines regulator, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), has confirmed the Pfizer vaccine is safe and effective for children in this age group, following a rigorous review of the safety, quality and effectiveness of the vaccine. A bookable and walk-in vaccination session for 12-15 year olds is available this weekend, Sunday 12 December, at the Solihull Vaccination Centre between 8am and 6pm.  The Solihull Vaccination Centre is at 94 High Street, Solihull, B91 3TA.

Please find below a letter from the Covid-19 Children’s Vaccination Team

12-15-Vaccinations-Letter-V2_Joanna Luxmore-Brown__2018498

 

  • Letter for parents and carers from the Director of Public Health on the Omicron variant of Covid-19

A letter for parents and carers on the new measures to limit the spread of the new Omicron variant of Covid-19 can be found here [link]

 

  • Letter for parents and carers on 12-15 year old Covd-19 vaccinations

A NHS vaccination letter [link] , has been issued advising how parent and carers will be informed to book a vaccination if their child is unable to have it in school for any reason.

For more information, please contact:

Public Health contacttracing@solihull.gov.uk or 0121 704 6892.

 

  • COVID-19 testing during October half-term

Thank you for your continued support with Covid-19 home testing.
Please see below a letter to all parents advising to continue twice weekly testing over the October half-term

Letter re encouraging testing Oct 21

 

  • Covid-19 Guide for Parents and Carers

A flowchart [link]  has been developed for parents/carers explaining the process if a child tests positive for Covid-19 or is identified as a close contact.

 

  • Letter to parents and carers about Covid-19 vaccination for 12-15 year olds

Following the government announcement that 12-15 year olds will be offered the Covid-19 vaccination, please find below a joint letter to parents and carers from Solihull Council and Birmingham and Solihull NHS Clinical Commissioning Group.

SMBCPHBSolCovid19VaccineLetterToParentsAndCarers20210914

 

  • Contingency Plans / Remote Learning

Please see below for our contingency planning information regarding the remote education provision for the academic year 2021-2022

Sept 21 Remote Learning Contingency Planning

 

  • Access to Technology or the Internet Survey

Dear Parents / Carers,

As you will be aware, all schools are required to have contingency plans in place to ensure students have the best opportunities to continue their studies if there is a need for a school to close or students/teachers to self-isolate.

We sincerely hope this will not be the case but, to support our planning, it is important we establish the extent of every student’s access to technology/the internet at home.

We are therefore asking you to complete the short survey below by Friday 17th September.

Thank you for your continued support.

Please click here for the survey.