Covid 19 Safety Measures
The measures that we are taking to support a Covid safe environment have been carefully thought through and are regularly reviewed. Any updates are sent out to parents and carers via ParentMail. If you have any questions about any specific aspect or have been told your child may now be in need of an individual risk assessment as they have been put on the shielding list, please contact the school office to arrange a virtual meeting or phone call to discuss this.
The government has announced that any adults in a household that has school-aged children are now able to get lateral flow test kits to test themselves for coronavirus twice a week, even if they have no symptoms. School staff have been doing this for several months now. The aim is to identify asymptomatic cases and thereby avoid inadvertently spreading the virus.
The latest guidance is here:
“Undertaking regular, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing helps reduce transmission of the virus. Parents and other adults in households with children at school or college, who do not have symptoms, can now access regular, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing. This includes childcare and support bubbles.
Tests are fast, easy and completely free. There are different ways for a household, childcare or support bubble to collect their test to take at home, twice-weekly:
· through your employer, if they offer testing to employees
· by collecting a home test kit from a local test site or pharmacy— anyone aged 18 or over can collect 2 packs of 7 tests
If you have any queries about the tests, and you live in England, please call 119 (free from mobiles and landlines). Lines are open every day from 7am to 11pm.
Children of primary school age (and below) without symptoms are not being asked to take a test.
Testing is voluntary, but strongly recommended to all who are eligible. Alongside the vaccine, washing hands, wearing face coverings, and maintaining social distancing, rapid testing plays a vital role in reducing transmission rates. Getting into the habit of regular testing as part of our everyday lives will help us all to play our part and do what we can to protect each other.”
Covid Contingency Planning
From Monday 6th September, we will be open to all children with some protection measures based on current guidance. Please see the risk assessments below.
We are very much hoping for a return to a new type of normal at school for this school year. However, we are very aware that there is the possibility that we may have to close in either a class bubble or close as a whole school in the future.
If this is the case at any time, we will use the usual methods for communication to parents at the earliest possible point.
The much more likely case, particularly with delays in testing, is that we will have children at home either with symptoms themselves or self-isolating due to a member of their household having symptoms.
The document below shows how we aim to support your child in each different case that can reasonably be anticipated. This may be subject to variation or change as it relies on enough of our school staff being well enough to deliver it and this may not always be the case.
Work in each of these cases will usually be set on Teams. If you are having any issues with this, please contact the office who will ensure someone gets back to you to 'trouble shoot'.