As you may be aware, the Government, via the Department of Education issued new COVID-19 guidance for schools effective from Monday 19th July 2021, in line with the wider removal of COVID-19 restrictions throughout the country from that same date.
Therefore, we are pleased to announce that the school is able to lift many of the restrictions that we have had in place throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
In line with the guidance, there is no longer a bubble system in place. This in turn means school opening times are back to normal with all children starting and finishing school at the same time but with staggered arrival times. Extra curricular after school clubs are once again on the timetable and Kids Club is available until 6.00pm. In addition, since the start of the Autumn term we welcomed back our peripatetic music teachers and parent helpers into the school.
Although, changes have been made as part of the easing of restrictions, it is still important to ensure the safety of our pupils and staff. As such, we will continue to encourage good hygiene including regular hand washing, maintaining appropriate cleaning regimes, keeping occupied spaces well ventilated, limiting visitation into school where possible and following public health advice on testing, self-isolation and managing confirmed cases of COVID-19.
As was the case at the start of the pandemic, when we had to adjust to a new way of life, this new change again may inevitably create some uncertainty as we all adapt. However, we will continue to work closely as a school community under Government guidance to ensure the best outcomes for our pupils, staff and the wider community.
If you have any further questions after reading this and the accompanying risk assessment please do not hesitate to get in touch or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your support, understanding and patience since the start of the pandemic. We look forward to a normal school year.
As well as COVID -19, we are expecting to see a number of other viral infections circulate amongst young children over the next few months. This is inevitable due to children mixing more as COVID-19 restrictions are reduced. The most common symptoms of coronavirus continue to be the recent onset of:
- A new continuous cough
- A fever (high temperature over 38C using a thermometer)
- A loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)
If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, book a PCR test, they must not come into school and should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and this can be arranged via the COVID-19 national website or by calling 119.
Please contact the school if your child has symptoms or if anyone in your family has symptoms or is being tested for COVID-19.
If your child's PCR test is negative they can end their period of self-isolation immediately and your child can return to school as long as they are well enough to do so and have not been told to isolate for any other reason.