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COVID-19 Advice and Guidance

Dear Parents and Carers,

I am writing to confirm the education arrangements which will stay the same, and those that will change..

Protective Measures

Schools, are still required to follow guidance from the Department of Education, the Local Authority and Public Health England to minimise the risk of transmission of COVID19 in their school or setting and through the community.

Please do read our risk assessments for further details.

 

The protective measures which remain in place, and important, include regular hand washing and enhanced cleaning routines. 

 

Self-Isolation rules

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:

  • they are fully vaccinated
  • they are below the age of 18 years and 6 months
  • they have taken part in or are currently part of an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial
  • they are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons

Instead, they will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace, informed they have been in close contact with a positive case and advised to take a PCR test. We would encourage all individuals to take a PCR test if advised to do so.

 

Children and young people aged under 18 years 6 months who usually attend school, and have been identified as a close contact, should continue to attend school as normal. They do not need to wear a face covering within the school, but it is expected and recommended that these are worn when travelling on public or dedicated transport.

 

When an individual develops COVID-19 symptoms or has a positive test

Pupils, staff and other adults should follow public health advice on when to self-isolate and what to do. They should not come into school if they have symptoms, have had a positive test result or other reasons requiring them to stay at home due to the risk of them passing on COVID-19 (for example, they are required to quarantine).

If anyone in your school develops COVID-19 symptoms, however mild, you should send them home and they should follow public health advice.

For everyone with symptoms, they should avoid using public transport and, wherever possible, be collected by a member of their family or household.

 

Contact tracing

  1. If your child gets a positive PCR test result, NHS Test and Trace will contact you, using the details you registered when ordering the PCR test. You and/or your child will be asked a series of specific questions designed to identify who your child has been in close contact with. Being in an education or childcare setting with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 will not necessarily mean a person is identified as a close contact.

 

  1. You will be asked to provide the contact details, if you know them, of any of the individuals – or their parents or guardians – who have been identified as close contacts. NHS Test and Trace will then get in touch with these close contacts and provide appropriate instructions or advice (see below).

 

Attendance

School attendance is mandatory, this means it’s your legal duty to send your child (if they are of compulsory school age).

A small number of pupils may still be unable to attend in line with public health advice because they:

  • have symptoms or have had a positive test result
  • live with someone who has symptoms or has tested positive and are awaiting testing
  • are one of the very small number of pupils under paediatric or other specialist care and have been advised by their GP or clinician not to attend.

Attending school is vital for pupils’ and students’ educational progress, for their wellbeing, and for their wider development. It is important that pupils attend school every day, in order to get the greatest benefit from their education.

 

There will be new green, amber and red lists of countries and territories.  If a holiday or quarantine period coincides with term time – this absence may be unauthorised and could lead to a penalty notice. Schools are not required to provide remote learning for students who are quarantining following travel abroad. Please consider this information when arranging holidays over the half term and summer break.

 

Permission for leave during term time can only be given by the Headteacher and parents can be fined for taking their children on holiday during term-term without the school’s permission. A request for leave during term time may be made in writing to the school and will be considered by the Headteacher. To be able to grant leave, the Headteacher must receive the request for leave in advance and, be satisfied that there are exceptional circumstances relating to the application.

Control measures

We will:

  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.

 

I appreciate that now restrictions are being lifted or reduced and many of us are enjoying more freedom in our social lives. This increased mixing makes it even more crucial that we all continue to follow the Government guidance and the school risk assessment. The protective measures continue to remain in place so that we are able to keep schools open for the benefit of all children.

I thank you for all your support to keep school a safe place to learn and work.

The links below take users to the most up to date versions of a small selection of key national guidance documents

Overarching guidance

Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak
Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak

Guidance for full opening: special schools and other specialist settings
Guidance for full opening: special schools and other specialist settings

Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus outbreak
Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus outbreak


Catch up and remote learning

COVID-19 catch-up premium
I
nformation for schools on the universal catch-up premium for and the National Tutoring Programme.
COVID-19 catch-up premium

National Tutoring Programme (EEF)
The National Tutoring Programme (NTP) is government funded and aims to address the impact of school closures on pupils’ learning.  The design of the NTP has been created through a collaboration between the EEF, Sutton Trust, Impetus and Nesta.  They will be involved in the initial delivery.  ‘From the 2020/21 school year, the programme will make high-quality tuition available to state primary/secondary schools, providing additional support to help pupils who have missed out the most as a result of school closures.’ 
The National Tutoring Programme
FAQs about the NTP

Nuffield Early Language Intervention (NELI) available to state-funded primary schools
The Department for Education is working with the EEF and other delivery partners to make Language Intervention available to schools for free.
Nuffield Early Language Intervention (NELI) available to state-funded primary schools

The EEF Guide to Supporting School Planning: A Tiered Approach to 2021 
Support for planning the ‘unpredictable year to come’ from EEF.
The EEF Guide to Supporting School Planning: A Tiered Approach to 2021

Get help with remote education
Access guidance, resources and support for teachers and school leaders on educating pupils and students during coronavirus (COVID-19).
Get help with remote education

Get help with technology during coronavirus (COVID-19)
Guidance for local authorities, academy trusts and schools on devices and support available to provide remote education and access to children’s social care.
Get technology support for children and schools during COVID-19

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