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Covid-19 Government Guidance

The government continues to manage the risk of serious illness from the spread of the virus.  Step 4 marked a new phase in the government’s response to the pandemic, moving away from stringent restrictions on everyone’s day-to-day lives, towards advising people on how to protect themselves and others, alongside targeted interventions to reduce risk.  As COVID-19 becomes a virus that we learn to live with, there is now an imperative to reduce the disruption to children’s education.

In line with current Government guidance, schools are fully open and attendance is mandatory for all pupils of compulsory age.

As part of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown, schools are required to follow the DfE ‘Step 4’ Operational Guidance which removed many restrictions during summer 2021. 

Link to Operational guidance from DfE

We are required to maintain an Outbreak Management Plan (OMP) in order to reintroduce enhanced restrictions in the case of an outbreak or change in advice which utilises the DfE Contingency Framework Guidance. 

Link to Covid-19 Risk Assessment September 2021

Link to Covid-19 Outbreak Management Plan September 2021

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us via the main office.

Coronavirus Advice and Information

Please see below changes to the national self-isolation guidance

From 16th 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 rest is available.  People who get a positive PCR test must continue to isolate as usual.

What should I do if my child develops COVID-19 symptoms?

The main symptoms of COVID-19 are:

  • New continuous cough and/or
  • Fever (temperature of 37.8 or higher)
  • Loss of or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

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 office 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:

  • 10 days after the onset of their symptoms, or
  • 10 days after their test day if they are asymptomatic

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 visitors into the home except for those providing essential care.

Please contact the school office by phone and inform them your child has COVID-19 confirmed by PCR test.  It is really important that 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 or change in, normal sense of taste or smell) they do not need to self-isolate as a contact of COVID-19.

They are advised to get a PCR test unless they have had a positive PCR test in the last 90 days.

Children aged 5 and under are not advised to get a PCR test unless the confirmed case is someone in their own household.

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 a PCR test result if they do not have symptoms and are aged under 18 years and 6 months or are fully vaccinated.