First and foremost, happy new year to all of our pupils and their families. I hope that you have enjoyed a very pleasant festive winter break and that 2022 brings you good health and happiness.
The purpose of my letter is to outline to you the measures that are in place, to safeguard the wellbeing of staff and pupils as the new term commences tomorrow.
It is recommended that pupils take an LFT test ahead of their return to school tomorrow.
If your child displays any symptoms, please do not send your child into school until they have received a negative PCR test result.
During the spring term, the school will continue with our existing measures to take steps to minimise the risk of infection.
There will be increased ventilation in classrooms.
We will be cleaning more frequently, including regular disinfection of frequently touched surfaces.
Pupils will be encouraged to wash their hands and use sanitiser regularly.
Respiratory hygiene – ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ – will continue to be encouraged.
All staff and essential visitors will wear face coverings in communal areas. Children do not need to wear a face covering in primary school
Current government guidance will be followed for anyone who displays symptoms, tests positive or is identified as a close contact of a positive case.
Pupils who test positive for COVID-19
Pupils who have one of the three main COVID-19 symptoms (persistent cough, high temperature, loss or change of taste/smell) must isolate at home and get a PCR test immediately.
The result of the test should be shared with the school.
If a pupil tests positive, they will isolate in line with guidance from NHS Test and Trace.
Asymptomatic pupils who test positive with a Rapid Lateral Flow test must isolate at home immediately and get a PCR test within 2 days to confirm the result.
Pupils identified as close contacts
All fully vaccinated adults and children aged 5 to 18 years old who are identified as a close contact of someone with COVID-19, will be asked to take a lateral flow device (LFD) test every day for 7 days instead of self-isolating. As long as pupils continue to test negative, and do not develop symptoms, they will be able to attend school.
If a child under 5 is a contact of a confirmed case, they are not required to self-isolate and should not start daily testing. If they live in the same household as someone with COVID-19, they should limit their contact with anyone who is at higher risk of severe illness if infected with COVID-19 and arrange to take a PCR test as soon as possible.
We really appreciate your support with this and look forward to welcoming your child back to school tomorrow.
If you have any concerns or queries, or need support in any way, please contact the school.
See you tomorrow,