Latest Information - Sept 2021
- NHS Track and Trace will lead all contacting tracing as the school is no longer expected to do this.
- Pupils MUST NOT attend school if they have COVID symptoms or test positive for COVID. They must self isolate for 10 days following NHS Track and Trace advice. Pupils showing symptoms for COVID will be sent home.
- There are no requirements for children to self isolate while they await PCR test results, unless they show symptoms.
- From 16th August, children under 18 in the household or those who have been in close contact, DO NOT need to self isolate unless they have symptoms or test positive for COVID.
- The school will no longer be operating a 'bubble' system to reduce mixing and children will not be required to social distance. All lessons and activities can return to 'normal'.
- The school will be expected to continue to promote high levels of hygiene and hand washing as well as good levels of ventilation (that are not detrimental to a comfortable working environment). Staff are also encouraged to continue to take LFD tests twice a week to reduce possible transmission.
- Face coverings are not expected to be worn by staff. There is a recommendation that face coverings continue to be worn on school transport as per previous government guidance.
- Year 6 pupils moving onto secondary school will be offered 2 ATS test in the autumn term on arrival to secondary school.
- School attendance is mandatory and normal school rules apply.
- If a child tests positive or has COVID symptoms and is isolating, the school is expected to provide remote learning if the child is well.
If you have any queries regarding this information please ask to speak to the head teacher.
Step Up Procedures
Action should be taken if either of the following thresholds are reached:
-5 children, pupils, students or staff, who are likely to have mixed closely, test positive for COVID-19 within a 10-day period; or
-10% of children, pupils, students or staff who are likely to have mixed closely test positive for COVID-19 within a 10-day period.
-hospitalisation of a child or staff member in school as this may indicate a new variant.
Increased safety protocols may be implemented such as increased outdoor learning, social distancing and face masks as part of our step up procedures. Further information can be found in our Contingency Plan which will be available on the website soon.
In highly exceptional circumstances health authorities may require the school to return to bubbles or close the school if there are significant local outbreaks or national concerns. If in the rare situation the school is closed, we would return to key worker provision and our remote learning offer.
Measures affecting education and childcare may be necessary in some circumstances, for example:
-to help manage a COVID-19 outbreak within a setting
-if there is extremely high prevalence of COVID-19 in the community and other measures have failed to reduce transmission
-as part of a package of measures responding to a Variant of Concern (VoC)