We pride ourselves on being a friendly and welcoming school and are delighted to see all children return to school. Bubbles, staggered days and children isolating after contact with a positive case no longer form part of government guidance. The school will continue with measures to prevent transmission such as keeping classrooms ventilated, frequent hand washing and extra cleaning.
If your child has symptoms, has a positive test or is required to quarantine, they cannot come to school. Schools have a right to refuse a pupil if we feel it is necessary to do so, to protect other pupils and staff from possible infection.
Schools will no longer be involved in contact tracing. A positive case will be dealt with by NHS Test and Trace unless the school has an outbreak, the definition of which is given as 5 cases or 10% of children or staff testing positive within a 10 day period.
Children under 18 and those who are fully vaccinated do not now need to isolate if they have been in close contact with a positive case (including a member of their own household). Pupils may be advised by NHS Test and Trace to take a PCR test, but do not need to isolate while waiting for the result.
Attendance is mandatory, so our attendance policy resumes in full, including no authorisation for holidays in term time. All absences will be followed up with parents. Absences must be reported daily via ParentMail, email or phone, by 9am.
Home Testing for Covid-19
The government offers lateral flow tests for adults without symptoms. You should:
- take a rapid lateral flow test twice a week (every 3 or 4 days)
- report rapid lateral flow test results the day you or someone in your household takes the test, no matter what the result is.
Children who go to primary school or younger children do not need to test.
Drop off and pick up
Drop off and pick up times will be the same for all year groups. Please be punctual. Arrivals after 9.15am can be recorded as unauthorised absence.
The wearing of face coverings on school premises will be a matter of personal choice.