Covid-19 Communication Updates
HM Government and the NHS state:
Coronavirus remains a serious health risk. You should stay cautious to help protect yourself and others.
- Let fresh air in if you meet indoors. Meeting outdoors is safer
- Wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces where you come into contact with people you do not normally meet
- Get tested and self-isolate if required
- If you haven’t already, get vaccinated
Update - September 2021
COVID-19 update (shared to parents in letter dated 03.09.2021):
As you may be aware, government guidelines relating to how society responds to Coronavirus have changed significantly since the end of the summer term. Guidance for schools was updated on 27 August and I have been briefed by the Local Authority this week on how to proceed safely over the next few weeks of term. The school Risk Assessment is being updated regularly to reflect these changes. Updates will be communicated to you via Arbor and Class Dojo.
As before, if your child develops any of the symptoms of COVID – a new, continuous cough, a high temperature or a loss or change in their sense of smell or taste – they must self-isolate and seek a confirmatory PCR test. We will ask you to collect your child from school if they display any of these symptoms in school. Any child who is self-isolating will receive remote learning opportunities via Class Dojo and Doodle Maths, if you need the log on details for you or your child, please let your child’s teacher know.
However, there have been significant changes to the rules around self-isolation which I need to make you aware of.
A child or adult in school tests positive
If a child or adult tests positive for COVID they must self-isolate and follow the guidelines set out by the government. NHS Track and Trace will now work with the positive case to determine if any close contacts need to self-isolate. Schools no longer have responsibility for track and trace. Fully vaccinated adults and children under the age of 18 years 6 months are no longer required to self-isolate if they have been identified as a close contact of a positive case, instead a PCR test must be sought by these close contacts and if it is negative they can return to school and work.
A member of your household tests positive
If a member of your household tests positive they must self-isolate and follow the guidelines set out by the government. The remaining members of the household do not need to self-isolate if they have been fully vaccinated or if they are under 18 years and 6 months in age as long as they have received a negative PCR result. If they subsequently develop symptoms they must self-isolate and seek a further PCR test.
Ensuring that children return to school as safely as possible is my priority and therefore we will be taking time to review some of our school-based actions. Therefore, many of the precautionary steps will remain in place for the first half term. The wearing of face masks is now not a requirement however I would encourage you to continue to do so whilst on site and particularly in areas where congestion is likely. The gates will continue to open at 8.35am and close at 8.50am with children going straight into classrooms on arrival. At the end of the day, all children will leave at 3.15pm. Please be mindful of others whilst on site.
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