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COVID-19 - Advice & Information

Return to school September 2021

 

The guidelines have changed for children in school. Please see below for a summary of the main changes. 

 

Overview:

  • Bubbles will no longer be needed in school, children can mix with other year groups.

  • Whole school/Key stage assemblies can resume as normal and will start this week.

  • Lunchtime can resume as normal and children will be back eating in the hall.

  • Trips and visitors in school will commence.

  • Events will commence in school and parents will be invited back in.

  • Outbreak management plan is in place in case we need to step measures up because of an outbreak – this will be added to our website for you to read.

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Test and trace:

  • All close contact will be traced by the NHS not the school. NHS may contact the school to help identify close contact.

  • Individuals are not required to self-isolate if they live in the same household as someone with COVID-19, or are a close contact of someone with COVID-19, and any of the following apply:

  • The person is fully vaccinated with 2 doses

  • The person is below the age of 18years and 6 months

  • The person is not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons

  • If you are contacted by NHS Test and Trace, you will be informed that you have been in close contact with a positive case and advised to take a PCR test. You can continue to come to school whilst awaiting the results.  

  • Staff and children who do not need to isolate should attend school as normal. They do not need to wear a face covering within the school.

  • If someone has symptoms, they should not be in school and get a PCR test.

 

The full guidelines can be found on clicking here

 

Symptoms

 

The most important symptoms of COVID-19 are recent onset of any of the following:

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)
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For most people, COVID-19 will be a mild illness. However, if you have any of the symptoms above, even if your symptoms are mild, stay at home and arrange to have a test.

 

There are several other symptoms linked with COVID-19. These other symptoms may have another cause and are not on their own a reason to have a COVID-19 test. If you are concerned about your symptoms, seek medical advice.

 

If you have received one or more doses of COVID-19 vaccine and have symptoms of COVID-19 or have received a positive test result, you should still follow this guidance. This is because it is still possible to get COVID-19 and spread it to others even if you are vaccinated.

 

Please help us to slow the spread of COVID-19 by making sure you and your children follow these guidelines set out by the government to prevent spreading Covid-19:

 

You should:

  1. Ensure good hygiene for everyone.

  2. Maintain appropriate cleaning regimes.

  3. Keep occupied spaces well ventilated.

  4. Follow public health advice on testing, self-isolation and managing confirmed cases of COVID-19.

 

If you’re worried about your symptoms, please use the NHS 111 website for advice do not go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment.

 

Asymptomatic testing

 

Testing remains important in reducing the risk of transmission of infection within schools. Please continue to complete lateral flow tests for children. 

 

If your child has a positive lateral flow, then you must get a PCR test. Whilst awaiting the PCR result, the child should continue to self-isolate. 

 

If you are not sure about self-isolating, please read the latest guidance here

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