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HEADTEACHER'S UPDATE

Tuesday 25th January 2022

 

Update on the use of face coverings in school

 

Last week the Department for Education announced changes to the regulations for the wearing of face coverings in schools.  At present, there is no requirement to wear a face covering in the classroom, but until Thursday 27 January, it is still expected that face coverings should be worn while moving around the school buildings and in all communal areas.   It is expected that this Thursday an announcement will be made removing the requirements for face coverings in schools. 

 

Students may continue to choose to wear a face covering, as long as it does not interfere with their learning and is worn sensibly.  Please can you ensure that students come prepared with two or more face coverings each day.

 

Arrangements for identified cases and close contacts of Covid 19

 

Full attendance is expected of all students unless there is a medical reason.  Recent announcements detailing the changes to close contact and self isolation rules mean all students will be expected in school unless they have tested positive via a Lateral Flow Test. The need to take a confirmatory PCR has been ‘temporarily suspended’ from 11 January 2022.  

 

Any student identified as a contact of someone with COVID-19 should take a lateral flow device (LFD) test every day for 7 days instead of self-isolating. 

Once notified by NHS Test and Trace as a close contact, all eligible students should take an LFD each day for 7 days and report the results through the Online Reporting System and to school. If they test negative, they can continue to attend as normal. 

The isolation period has been reduced to 5 full days (as long as your child is well enough and without a temperature) and receives 2 consecutive negative LFD results which were taken 24 hours apart. The earliest they should take the first LFD test is on day 5.  Any positive test after a first negative test would mean that the first negative is null and void. This would reset the isolation period and your child would still require 2 consecutive negative tests from this point forward.  This chart has been produced to help clarify the new isolation rules.  

To return on the day of a second negative test, both tests would need to be taken before 8:45 am. If you wish to discuss an absence then please contact Mrs Oliver in the Pastoral Office by phone or email.

 

Visitors 

I would ask that all visitors should, in the first instance, contact the school by phone or email and only if invited, should attend the school in person.  Masks should be worn if you do visit the school.

 

All general updates will be posted on the school website. That should be your first port of call if you have any queries. If you have questions about anything in this latest Headteacher’s Update, please do not hesitate to contact the school.  

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