St Brigid's RC Primary School

CORONAVIRUS information for parents



Manchester City Council has agreed today to provide funding for all children from Nursery class to Year 11 who are eligible for a benefits related free school meal over the half term break next week. This will be families on a low income that receive the pupil premium. This will include children from families who are legally classed as no recourse to public funds. This does not include children who get a free school meal through the universal scheme whereby all children in Reception year one and two receive a meal without charge. These children are not classed as free school meals for this scheme. Full details are below for eligibility.


Eligible families will receive a cash payment of £15 per child for the week and will need to claim through the Welfare provision scheme on the Council's website - the link is copied below. The scheme will continue to be open for 2 weeks after half term up until 13th November so that families can apply retrospectively if they are unable to claim next week. We will be making all of our front line service aware of this too so they can support the families they are working with to apply for the funding as soon as possible. Please can you help by letting your families who are eligible for this payment know through your communication channels and school website.


IMPORTANT- COVID 19 INFORMATION - Letter to all Parents and Carers 23rd October 2020




St Brigid’s RC Primary School

Grey Mare Lane



M11 3DR

St Brigid’s Community- working together to keep each other safe


Dear Parents and Carers,

Firstly, I want to say a huge thank you for all your help and cooperation this term. It has been wonderful to be back together. The children are a joy to be with. They have enjoyed being reunited with friends and teachers and we have loved being with them and of course, you. They are back in the routine of learning and receiving their education. It has been a really successful term and I am so pleased that we have not had to shut any classes. That is down to your commitment to keeping your children safe- thank you. Whilst we know as cases rise in Manchester, this will be harder, you need to know you’ve done an amazing job.

We break up today, Friday 23.10.20 and we re-open on Monday 2nd November 2020, so I wanted to share the following important information with you. This refers to children attending St Brigid’s RC Primary School.

If your child starts with symptoms by Sunday 23th October:

  • Organise a test straight away. I recommend a drive in or walk in centre as their test results are generally quicker than home testing. The sooner you get the test result, the better.
  • If your child’s result is positive, please contact school immediately by emailing (24/7) or ringing the school mobile on: 07716 759091 (9am-5pm, Mon-Fri). It is really important to report it to school so that children and staff who have been in contact with your child can be informed of the need for them to self-isolate. We need to work together to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID 19. You will also need to contact Test and Trace straight away.
  • If your child or any member of your household is positive, follow the Stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. It is very important that you, your child and other household members follow this guidance and isolate for the required period of time, to help reduce the spread of infection. This includes not attending public places such as shops, play schemes, youth provision, leisure centres or sports activities etc which may have been planned for the school holidays.

If your child or any member of your household starts with symptoms from Monday 26th October, contact Test and Trace straight away and follow the self-isolating guidance. You do not need to contact school until Monday 2nd November in the morning by 9:10am.

Once again, thank you for your continued support. It is truly appreciated.


Mrs Miles


Letter to parents and guardians from The Department of Health and Social Care

- When to book a test for your child 


Dear parents and guardians,

This is an important letter to share some information on how we can work together to make sure we can continue to give children and young people the best education in the safest way possible.

One important part of ensuring the safety and wellbeing of pupils, students, parents and our communities is testing for coronavirus. We all have a duty to make sure that the right people have access to get tested at the right time. Every time a test is used inappropriately, a person with COVID-19 symptoms may miss out on getting tested.


Therefore, I ask that you all follow these principles:

  • you should only book a test if your child has any of these 3 coronavirus symptoms:

    1. a high temperature: any new high temperature where your child feels hot to touch on their chest or back (you do not need to measure the temperature)
    2. a new continuous cough: coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
    3. a loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste: a noticeable loss of smell or taste or things smell and taste different to normal


  • your child does not need a test if they have a runny nose, are sneezing or feeling unwell but do not have a temperature, cough or loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste because these are not normally symptoms of coronavirus
  • if you are unsure about whether to get a test, please check the official list of symptoms on the NHS website, which is reviewed regularly
  • only the person with symptoms should get a test. You do not need to get a test for anyone else in the household unless they also have any of the 3 symptoms listed above. All members of the household need to self-isolate whilst waiting for the test result
  • if the person with symptoms’ test comes back positive, other members of their household should continue self-isolating for 14 days and only get a test if they develop coronavirus symptoms
  • if a pupil or student in a class or bubble tests positive for coronavirus, anyone who is advised to self-isolate does not require a test unless they subsequently develop symptoms.


No one else in the same class or bubble as the symptomatic person needs to take any action unless advised by the school or college. Schools and colleges have detailed guidance and access to a Department for Education and Public Health England helpline for advice and support.

Contacts of a person who has tested positive must follow the guidance carefully and in full, which means they must stay at home for 14 days. This is because it can take several days following contact with an infected person before an individual develops symptoms or the virus can be detected. Students should only book a test if they get symptoms.

The NHS has produced some guidance to help parents understand when their child can and cannot attend school which you may find useful.

It is vital for children and young people’s learning and future opportunities that they are able to return to school and college. It is therefore vitally important that all we work together and do our bit to make this possible.


Yours sincerely,

Professor Viv Bennett CBE
Chief Nurse and Director Maternity and Early Years, Public Health England


Dr Susan Hopkins
Interim Chief Medical Officer, NHS Test & Trace
Deputy Director, Public Health England
Consultant in Infectious Diseases & Microbiology, Royal Free, London

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