Half Term Covid-19 Update

Dear parents/carers, 

In the last few weeks, there has been an increase in the number of children and young people testing positive for COVID-19 in the region. We said that we’d continue to monitor the situation closely and adapt our approach in response to any changes to the situation or to government guidance. 

This means we now need to consider what we can do to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 in our schools and in the community.  On that basis, from 1st November 2021 on return from half term holidays we will be implementing the following: 

We will continue with the additional measures we had in place last half term including: 

  • Bubbles where possible whilst giving our pupils full access to their normal curriculum 
  • Additional cleaning 
  • Asking staff to wear face masks 
  • Arranging for areas of school where the positive case has been to be cleaned with disinfectant mist (fogged) 
  • Twice weekly LFD testing for all pupils and staff – regular testing will help to reduce transmission by identifying those who are infectious but do not have any symptoms of COVID-19 

Where colleagues or pupils have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19, we’ll continue to: 

  • Ask staff who’ve been in contact with a positive case but have had a negative PCR test to complete LFD tests every day for 10 days (DfE guidance is twice weekly). 
  • Ask staff to monitor symptoms closely and ‘think Covid-19 first’ – if displaying symptoms and in doubt, get a PCR test and isolate until they receive the result. 
  • Ask staff to make sure they are wearing additional PPE at work for 10 days. 
  • Staff who have been identified as close contacts will not work with learners who are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable for 10 days following their contact with a positive case. 
  • Ask pupils to do 10 days LFDs where they can and now have nasal only LFDs swabs for pupils to use. 
  • Notify parents/carers of any pupils who would be due to be in a group with staff or other pupils who are close contacts. 

From 1st November, we’ll also be implementing the following measures: 

  • Risk assessing whether whole-school or year group events, e.g. assemblies, are safe take place. 
  • Replace staff and governors’ meetings with virtual meetings where practicable. 
  • Limiting visitors to the school and considering carefully whether events that bring parents into the school can be managed safely or should return to online. 
  • Risk assessing community-based learning, educational trips, and residential visits. 

Please support us to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 by continuing to: 

Making sure pupils and parents who are able to complete twice-weekly LFD testing do so – as regular testing will help to reduce transmission by identifying those who are infectious but do not have any symptoms of COVID-19. 

If your child has any symptoms of Covid-19, however mild, please keep them at home and arrange for them to take a PCR test. 

Anyone who is unwell should stay at home, as advised in the government’s winter plan. 

We also recommend a PCR test followed by daily LFT testing (for those who get a negative PCR result) for a minimum of 5 days and up to 10 days (for example, for the duration of what the isolation period would have been if you were still required to isolate), for any adult or pupil who is a household contact of a positive case and is exempt from isolation.   

We’ll continue to monitor the situation closely, in conjunction with public health and will update you weekly.  We may need to continue to adapt our approach in response to any changes to the situation or to government guidance. 

 

Thanks for your support 

John