Below is an update on measures we have in place from September regarding Covid now that the government has removed the bubble structure and social distancing measures.
Covid – School Arrangements
School day start and end times
Start of the school day will be 8:55. We have appreciated the steady arrival of children so gates will be opened at 8:45 and children can go to their classrooms rather than waiting on the playground. School day will end for all at the normal times of 3:25 for infants and 3:30 for juniors.
Lunch and break times
We have a new lunchtime system in place and now need to see in practice how much time this takes and how best to organise it. Children have enjoyed the extra play space we have provided and having their own play areas so this will continue.
Worship and assembly
Worship with combinations of classes will be introduced again.
Children can bring stationery, PE equipment and library books to and from home whenever needed.
The measures we have previously taken clearly had a positive impact in the context of the national situation. Attendance rates by children were in the top 20% of children nationally and we noted a drop in the occurrence of other non Covid illnesses.
We have additional cleaning in place in the school building and this will continue.
Children will wash or sanitise their hands at key points such as breaktimes and lunch. You can send them in with any sanitiser you wish.
For much of the year we have been using CO2 monitors to check ventilation in every room in school. The DFE is now providing schools with some monitors. These allow us to check that air is being refreshed well. Heating has been extended to compensate when it is cold but parents are encouraged to send children with an extra layer such as a jacket or jumper if this becomes an issue for them.
Staff will use whatever PPE they wish to use and will continue to take LFT tests twice weekly. Children can wear masks if their parents wish.
CHANGES TO NATIONAL SELF-ISOLATION GUIDANCE
From 16 August, the Government has said that people aged under 18 years and 6 months or who are fully vaccinated will no longer be legally required to isolate if they are a close contact of someone with COVID-19. Instead, such people will be advised (but not legally required) to get a PCR test unless they have had a positive PCR test in the previous 90 days.
Regardless of age or vaccination status, anyone who develops any of the three main COVID-19 symptoms (see below) must get a PCR test as soon as possible and isolate until the result is available. People who get a positive PCR test must continue to isolate as usual.
Some likely scenarios are described below along with public health advice:
What should I do if my child develops COVID-19 symptoms?
The main symptoms of COVID-19 are:
If your child develops any of these symptoms, you must arrange for them to have a PCR test as soon as possible. A PCR test can be arranged via the NHS UK (www.nhs.uk) website or by contacting NHS 119 via telephone if you do not have internet access.
Your child should self-isolate immediately and they should not attend school.
Please contact the school by phone to inform us your child has COVID-19 symptoms and you are awaiting a COVID-19 test.
What should I do if my child has COVID-19 confirmed by PCR test?
Anyone with COVID-19 confirmed by PCR test should self-isolate until the latest of:
Self-isolation means your child should not go to school, attend any out of school activities or visit a friend’s house. They should not visit any public places, use public transport or go out to exercise. You should not have vistors into the home except for those providing essential care.
Please contact the school by phone or email to inform us your child has COVID-19 confirmed by PCR test. It is really important you let us know if your child has confirmed COVID-19 so we can monitor the number of children with COVID-19 across the school.
What should I do if my child is a contact of someone with COVID-19 confirmed by PCR test?
If your child is aged under 18 years and 6 months and does not have any symptoms of COVID-19 (high temperature, new continuous cough, loss of or change in, normal sense of taste or smell) they do not have to self-isolate as a contact of COVID-19.
They are advised to have a PCR test unless they have had a positive PCR test in the last 90 days.
What should I do if my child has a positive result on a lateral flow device test?
If your child has a positive result on a lateral flow device test, they should self-isolate immediately and you should arrange a PCR test as soon as possible.
Other members of the household do not need to self-isolate whilst you await the PCR test result if they do not have symptoms and are aged under 18 years and 6 months or are fully vaccinated.
What should I do if my child is unwell with signs of an infection but does not have symptoms of COVID-19
Your child should be excluded from school if they are unwell. If concerned you should seek advice from your GP or Pharmacist, they will be able to advise you how long your child should stay off school. Otherwise we would recommend exclusion for 48 hours or until the child is symptom free, whichever is longer. We are not currently advising that preschool children get a PCR test if they do not have the three main symptoms of COVID-19.
ACCESSING COVID-19 testing in
Symptomatic testing and testing for close contacts
PCR tests can be booked at any of the DHSC run sites that operate Monday – Sunday 8am – 8pm on the gov.uk website https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test
PCR tests for home delivery can also be ordered by calling 119.