On Monday 21 February, the Prime Minister set out the next phase of the government’s COVID-19 response ‘Living with COVID-19’.
COVID-19 continues to be a virus that we learn to live with and the imperative to reduce the disruption to children and young people’s education remains.
Our priority is to deliver face-to-face, high-quality education to all our pupils. The evidence is clear that being out of education causes significant harm to educational attainment, life chances and mental and physical health. Safety remains one of our main priorities and I want to assure you that your child's health and wellbeing, as well as their education, is at the centre of all decisions we make.
Changes to the guidance since its 21 February 2022
- Staff will no longer self test twice weekly
- Close contacts track and trace has ended
- The legal requirement to self-isolation has ended however, schools have been advised:
'where they have a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19, you (the Headteacher) can take the decision to refuse the pupil if, in your reasonable judgement, it is necessary to protect other pupils and staff from possible infection with COVID-19.'
As part of our Risk Assessment, we have made the decision to continue to ask staff and pupils to isolate for 5 days if they display signs of or have a positive Covid-19 test result. This decision ensures the safety of all of our pupils and staff and will reduce the chance of an outbreak therefore loosed learning.
At the end of the 5 day period, pupils and staff can return to school - they will not need to be tested before returning.
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 let the office know of any absence and the reason for this.
Please click of the link below for the latest parent guidance:
What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges
Updated 23 February 2022
Please click HERE for our Risk Assessment