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COVID-19 Advice and Guidance

Changes to the self-isolation period for those who test positive for COVID-19

This change came into effect in England on Monday 17 January and applies to all positive cases, regardless of vaccination status.

People who are self-isolating with COVID-19 have the option to reduce their isolation period after 5 full days if they test negative with an LFD test on both day 5 and day 6 and they do not have a temperature. For example, if they test negative on the morning of day 5 and the morning of day 6, they can return to their education or childcare setting immediately on day 6.

The first test must be taken no earlier than day 5 of the self-isolation period, and the second must be taken the following day. All test results should be reported to NHS Test and Trace.

If the result of either test is positive, they should continue to self-isolate until they get negative results from two LFD tests on consecutive days or until they have completed 10 full days of self-isolation, whichever is earliest.

The new rules also apply to people who are already isolating – so if someone was already isolating before Monday 17 January, they can take LFD tests on day 5 and 6 and if they are both negative and they have no temperature they can end their isolation.

Anyone who is unable to take LFD tests or anyone who continues to have a temperature will need to complete the full 10-day period of self-isolation.

Further information on self-isolation for those with COVID-19 is available.

 

Measures will be introduced as a precaution to slow down the spread of the variant while more information is gathered. This will be kept under review, as the situation develops.

 

Face coverings

Face coverings should be worn in communal areas in all settings by staff and visitors, unless they are exempt. 

Tracing close contacts and isolation

Education settings are not undertaking contact tracing. Close contacts will be identified via NHS Test and Trace. This is likely to be a small number of individuals who would be most at risk of contracting COVID-19 due to the nature of the close contact.

From 14 December 2021, adults who are fully vaccinated and all children and young people aged between 5 and 18 years and 6 months identified as a contact of someone with COVID-19 are strongly advised to take a LFD test every day for 7 days and continue to attend their setting as normal, unless they have a positive test result.

 

Contact tracing and isolation

The current guidance on contact tracing and isolation remains in place. In addition to these, any suspected or confirmed close contacts of the Omicron variant will be asked to isolate for 10 days regardless of vaccination status or age. But can take a lateral flow on day 7.

Vaccination

All eligible staff and students aged 12 and over are encouraged to take up the offer of the vaccine, including boosters. Vaccines are our best defence against COVID-19. They help protect young people and adults, and benefit those around them. Vaccination makes people less likely to catch the virus and less likely to pass it on. To book a vaccination, please visit: Book or manage a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination – NHS (www.nhs.uk).

 

 

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.

 

 

Hazlemere Church of England Combined School   

Preventative Measures

Actions school will take to minimise the risk of infection

  1. Ensure good hygiene- pupils and staff washing hands frequently and using hand sanitizer.
  2. Maintain appropriate cleaning regimes- high touch areas cleaned and limited/ no sharing of equipment.
  3. Keep occupied spaces well ventilated. (a good balance of classroom working environment and ventilation)
  4. All classes operate as bubbles
  5. Face covering to be worn by all adults- staff and visitors in communal areas. Parental discretion for children.
  6. Engaging with testing - all non-symptomatic individuals should test with a lateral flow. Anyone with symptoms should arrange a PCR
  7. All positive cases* to engage with NHS Test and Trace and inform school.
  8. All fully vaccinated adults and children aged 5 to 18 who have been identified as a close contact are strongly advised to take a lateral flow test every day for 7 days and continue to attend school unless they have a positive test result.  (children under five are exempt from testing)
  9. Pupils with symptoms should not attend school.

( high temperature, new continuous cough, a loss of taste or smell)

 

 

  1.  Remote education will be made available to all children who have tested positive, who are well enough to engage with learning.
  2. Attendance- school attendance is mandatory for all pupils of compulsory school age and it is a priority to ensure that as many children as possible regularly attend school.

Please email or call the school office to inform us of positive cases and do engage with the NHS test and trace app.

*The 10-day self-isolation period for those who record a positive PCR test result for Covid-19 has been reduced to seven days in most circumstances, unless you cannot test for any reason, and the DfE has confirmed that this applies to those who attend schools. 

Individuals may now take rapid lateral flow tests on day six and day seven of their self-isolation period. If those test results are negative they no longer have to complete 10 full days of self-isolation.

 

 

 

 

Symptoms, testing and self-isolation

We are receiving reports of a wide variety of symptoms being associated with positive cases

of Covid-19. While some children appear to be presenting with symptoms such as diarrhoea

and vomiting, the Government advice is still focused on the main three symptoms which can

be found here: Coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms in children - NHS (www.nhs.uk).

If your child tests positive on the LFD Test, your child should isolate, and you should book a

PCR test online: PCR Test Booking

The school will arrange remote education so that they can continue their learning, if they

are well enough to do so.

 

Preparation for the start of the new term in January

With social mixing during the holiday period it is vital that we support a successful start to the new term by knowing that all pupils have had a negative test beforehand, again this is guidance.

We appreciate that the changes in guidance can cause anxiety for some, but it is important that the education of our pupils is prioritised this academic year. The likelihood of serious illness in children is extremely low and the many months of serious disruption, the DfE and the Local Authority are committed to ensuring that all children have every opportunity to catch up and exceed their potential.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 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

What parents and Carers need to know

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/what-parents-and-carers-need-to-know-about-early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak/step-4-update-what-parents-and-carers-need-to-know-about-early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges

 


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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