6 January 2022
FACE COVERINGS AND OTHER PREVENTATIVE MEASURES
Some schools have already taken the decision to limit students’ days in schools this term, sending year groups home on specific days each week. We hope we will not need to do this, but managing the virus within school is essential and there is a real possibility that it may become necessary if we cannot operate safely due to staffing numbers.
We already have a number of staff absent due to mandatory Covid isolation at the start of term, and we want to keep school open to all students if we can. Again, we can only keep school open if we have enough staff to do so safely.
We therefore ask for your help by ensuring the following. They are all measures to reduce the possible spread of the virus:
- Please test your children using lateral flows at least twice weekly at home. Follow the rules below in the event of a positive test.
- Face coverings. Please send your child into school with a face covering and insist they wear them if they are able to do so. We will also have face coverings in school to use. The only exceptions now are when eating, and when outside of the building. This will be reviewed by the government on 26th January.
- Please don’t come into school as parents unless essential: we will be restricting the number of visitors.
- We will not be holding assemblies at the moment.
- If your child is absent as a result of COVID, we will provide learning resources.
- If we need to send larger groups of children home due to staff absence, we will inform you in advance of the day and we will provide work.
Information on the changes to the self-isolation period for individuals who test positive for COVID-19
- Since Wednesday 22 December, the 10 day self-isolation period for people who record a positive PCR test result for COVID-19 has been reduced to 7 days in most circumstances, unless you cannot test for any reason.
- Individuals may now take LFD tests on day 6 and day 7 of their self-isolation period. Those who receive two negative test results are no longer required to complete 10 full days of self-isolation. The first test must be taken no earlier than day 6 of the self-isolation period and tests must be taken 24 hours apart. This also applies to children under 5, with LFD testing at parental or guardian discretion. If both these test results are negative, and you do not have a high temperature, you may end your self-isolation after the second negative test result and return to your education setting from day 8.
- Anyone who is unable to take LFD tests will need to complete the full 10 day period of self-isolation. Further information is available in the stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed COVID-19 infection.
Daily testing for close contacts of COVID-19
- People who are fully vaccinated, or children and young people aged between 5 and 18 years and 6 months, identified as a close contact of someone with COVID-19, should take an LFD test every day for seven days and continue to attend their setting as normal, unless they have a positive test result or develop symptoms at any time.
- Children under 5 are not being advised to take part in daily testing of close contacts. If a child under 5 is a contact of a confirmed case, they are not required to self-isolate and should not start daily testing. If they live in the same household as someone with COVID-19 they should limit their contact with anyone who is at higher risk of severe illness if infected with COVID-19, and arrange to take a PCR test as soon as possible. They can continue to attend an education or childcare setting while waiting for the PCR result. If the test is positive, they should follow the stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed COVID-19 infection.
We all want to return to normality as soon as possible. Families can really help with this by supporting these measures in school.