The health and well-being of our whole school community: children, parents/carers and staff, are of paramount importance to us all. We have put systems in place to help keep each other safe in school. Please find below, information regarding procedures currently in place as well as links to Government and health websites which we hope you will find useful.
Thank you for your continued support.
March 15 2022 Update
As advised in Mr Davidson's letter of 15 March, precautions have been re-instated to help ensure the safety of the school community in light of raised levels of Covid infection.
- Classes will remain in bubbles
- Classes will have lunch in classrooms
- Segregated playtimes – with classes remaining in delineated zones on each playground
- No physical contact/no play equipment at breaktimes
- No whole school assemblies – a return to Zoom for Star Achiever assemblies etc
- No after school clubs – this does not include tutoring groups as they do not involve class bubble mixing
- The wearing of masks by staff when in shared spaces
- There will be a renewed drive to ensure hand hygiene as well as the catch it, bin it, kill it approach.
As you are aware, there has been a change to Government advice around isolation in the event of a positive test for Covid. The guidance remains that if a person tests positive for COVID then they are ‘strongly advised’ to isolate for 5 days, before taking Lateral Flow Tests from day 5 onwards. When a person has had two consecutive negative results (24hrs apart) they can leave isolation. If a person continues to test positive, they must complete the full 10 day isolation period.
Many thanks for your ongoing support.
December 2021 Update
Following the announcement from the Prime Minister on December 8 2021 of the implementation of Plan B of the Covid-19 Response, we are having to make some adjustments to keep everyone as safe as possible in our community:
- We would request that visitors do not enter the school if they are experiencing any of the following symptoms, or are isolating due to being unvaccinated and in close contact of a positive case:
- A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)
- A new, continuous cough
- A loss of sense of smell or taste
- Face Coverings and Hand Sanitizing
- Face coverings must be worn by all visitors when entering the school and in communal areas unless you are exempt. Staff already wear a face covering when moving around the school. In the next few days this will include parents visiting for Star of the Term assembly, the Christmas Fayre and The Infant Nativity performances.
- It is essential that everyone uses hand sanitizer as you arrive at school and before leaving.
- Wrap Around Provision
- Our Early Bird and Breakfast club will continue to operate as normal – please ensure you pre-book by emailing Mrs Nix - email@example.com.
- Belmont Explorers will also continue as normal for after school club.
Our staff regularly take Lateral Flow tests and we have now been strongly encouraged to ask any parents and other visitors to take a Lateral Flow test before entering the school, this is effective from 9 December 2021. This is especially important at this busy time of year and it does mean we would ask you to take a test before visiting school for the following events ; Star of the Term assembly, The Christmas Fayre and The Infant Nativity performances in the last week of term.
Attendance remains mandatory and all the usual rules continue to apply. Enabling children and young people to attend their education setting regularly continues to be a national priority.
We thank everyone for their ongoing support and if you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch.
September 2021 Update
We continue to follow all Department for Education (DfE) and Public Health guidance in relation to COVID-19. The day-to-day operation of the school will to a great extent return to what it was ‘pre-COVID’ however there are four key risk reducing approaches that we will continue to follow, these are to:
- Ensure good hygiene for everyone
- Hand hygiene - Frequent and thorough hand cleaning should now be regular practice. We will continue to ensure that pupils clean their hands regularly. This can be done with soap and water or hand sanitiser.
- Respiratory hygiene - The ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach continues to be very important.
- Maintain appropriate cleaning regimes
- We will maintain an appropriate cleaning schedule. This will include regular cleaning of areas and equipment (for example, twice per day), with a particular focus on frequently touched surfaces.
- Keep occupied spaces well ventilated
- We will ensure the school is well ventilated and that a comfortable teaching environment is maintained through opening external windows to improve natural ventilation and opening internal doors to assist with creating a throughput of air.
- Utilising the CO2 monitors, provided by the Government, to support our assessment of the ventilation effectiveness.
- Follow Public Health advice on testing, self-isolation and managing confirmed cases of COVID-19.
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 following overseas travel).
- If anyone develops COVID-19 symptoms, however mild, we will send them home and they should follow public health advice.
- If a pupil is awaiting collection, they will wait in a room on their own if possible and safe to do so. A window will be opened for fresh air ventilation if possible.
- The household (including any siblings) should follow the PHE stay at home guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection.
Confirmatory PCR Tests
- Staff and pupils with a positive LFD test result should self-isolate in line with the stay at home guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. They will also need to get a free PCR test to check if they have COVID-19.
- Whilst awaiting the PCR result, the individual should continue to self-isolate.
- If the PCR test is taken within 2 days of the positive lateral flow test, and is negative, it overrides the self-test LFD test and the pupil can return to school, as long as the individual doesn’t have COVID-19 symptoms.
Below is a very useful link to a Government document for parents that includes further detail about the above:
Other Useful Guides & Websites