Please see our current revised & updated risk assessment for our school here.
Our area is currently under the National Lockdown and following the stay at home guidance. The school is currently open for all children.
The operational guidance for schools has also been updated and I would like to share with you some key messages:
- We will no longer be functioning in bubbles. This means that whole school worship can resume as can the usual lunchtime and playtime arrangements.
- Each school will have their own ‘Outbreak Management Plan’ which will only be enforced should there be a surge in cases in the local area and we are advised to by Public Health England. This will be available on the school websites over the next few weeks.
- We ask that you please keep testing your child/ren if they begin to display any COVID-19 symptoms and share the results with us. Although we no longer have to do contact tracing ourselves, we do still have to record our daily attendance to the DfE and this includes information on absences related to COVID.
- Face coverings are no longer advised for pupils, staff and visitors either in classrooms or in communal areas.
- CO2 monitors are being provided to all state-funded education settings from September, so staff can quickly identify where ventilation needs to be improved. These have not come into school yet but we should have them by the end of September.
- Staff will continue to undertake twice weekly home tests whenever they are on site until the end of September, when this will be reviewed.
- Staff and pupils with a positive LFD test result should self-isolate in line with the stay at home guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. They will also need to get a free PCR test to check if they have COVID-19.
Whilst awaiting the PCR result, the individual should continue to self-isolate.
If the PCR test is taken within 2 days of the positive lateral flow test, and is negative, it overrides the self-test LFD test and the pupil can return to school, as long as the individual doesn’t have COVID-19 symptoms.
Our letters regarding our return to school in June, September and October, plus any specific updates, can be found under the 'newsletter' section of our website.
How you can help...
Actions you can take
Do not send your child to their nursery, childminder, school or college if:
- they are showing coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms
- someone in their household is showing symptoms
Arrange a test if you or your child develops symptoms. Inform your nursery, childminder, school or college of the results.
If the test is positive, follow guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, and engage with the NHS Test and Trace process.
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
- are advised to self-isolate because they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), for example, another pupil in their class, but are not showing symptoms themselves
It is really important that you help nurseries, childminders, schools and colleges to implement these actions by following the advice set out here and wider public health advice and guidance.
We continue to monitor NHS advice closely, and we are acting under advice from Public Health England.
The Department for Education has launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education.
Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows: Phone: 0800 046 8687 Email: DfE.email@example.com Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday) Coronavirus (COVID-19): Latest information and advice - www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Please see the mental health section of our website for any help you or your child may need regarding Coronavirus.