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COVID-19 Information

March 2022 update: Covid-19 Guidance  -  the government’s next phase: ‘a virus that we learn to live with’.

On the 24th February, the DfE updated the guidance: Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak.

 

Tracing close contacts and isolation:
➢contacts are no longer required to self-isolate or advised to take daily tests, and contact tracing has ended;
➢staff, children and young people should attend their education settings as usual. This includes staff who have been in close contact within their household, unless they are able to work from home;
➢the legal obligation for individuals to tell their employers when they are required to self-isolate has also ended;

 

 Actions for schools
➢the legal requirement to self-isolate following a positive test is removed. Adults and children who test positive will continue to be advised to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for at least 5 full days, and then continue to follow the guidance until they have received 2 negative test results on consecutive days;
➢fully vaccinated close contacts and those aged under 18 are not required to test daily for 7 days, and the legal requirement for close contacts who are not fully vaccinated to self-isolate is removed.

 

Face coverings:
➢face coverings are no longer advised for pupils, staff and visitors in classrooms or communal areas;
➢face coverings may be reinstated in an outbreak as recommended by a director of public health.

Control measures:
➢these continue to be: ensuring good hygiene, cleaning regimes, ventilation and the following of public health advice on testing, self- isolation and managing confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Asymptomatic testing:
➢staff and pupils in mainstream primary schools will not be expected to continue taking part in regular asymptomatic testing and should follow asymptomatic testing advice for the general population.

 

Covid outbreaks

We will continue to ensure that we communicate with you regularly in the event of any Covid outbreaks within our school community.  This may take the form of a “warn and inform” letter which will contain important information and recommendations.  In the event of a rise in cases, it may be necessary to implement enhanced measures within our school community. We will keep you informed of these.

 

Finally…

Please be assured that our priority remains face to face education for all our children and we will do our absolute utmost to ensure this.  We appreciate your ongoing support by reading the information sent from school and adhering to our protocols.

 

Full guidance for parents and carers is available here:

What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

 

Department of Education  Schools Operational Guidance:

Schools COVID-19 operational guidance - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

 

Contingency Framework:

Contingency framework: education and childcare settings (publishing.service.gov.uk) 

 

We have updated our risk assessments and there will be systems and procedures in place to ensure the safety of everyone in our school community.

Please make sure that you have read all the information.

If you have any queries or questions, then please do not hesitate to contact the school office via phone or email.

 

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