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 from September 2021 as well as links to Government and health websites which we hope you will find useful.
Thank you for your continued support.
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