Keeping Everyone Safe at Whittlefield Primary & Nursery School
We are returning with far fewer restrictions than when we left for the summer holidays. Here’s what we need to know:
- Mixing and ‘bubbles’
Keeping children in class bubbles to reduce mixing is no longer a requirement.
- Tracing close contacts
Close contacts will now be identified via NHS Test and Trace. Education settings are no longer expected to undertake contact tracing.
- Face coverings
Face coverings are no longer advised for staff and visitors either in classrooms or in communal areas.
So, what will stay the same?
Coronavirus hasn’t gone away so there will still be a need for staff and children to follow basic measures to avoid the spread of the virus:
- Staff testing remains important in reducing the risk of transmission of infection within schools – (reviewed end of September).
- Ensuring good hygiene including frequent and thorough hand cleaning and the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach.
- Maintaining appropriate cleaning regimes.
- Keeping occupied spaces well ventilated. We should balance the need for increased ventilation while maintaining a comfortable temperature – (purge ventilation when the room is unoccupied).
- If anyone in your school develops COVID-19 symptoms, however mild, you should send them home and advised them to follow public health advice and get a PCR test – (siblings do not need to be sent home).
- Following public health advice on testing, self-isolation and managing confirmed cases of COVID-19.
What if someone tests positive or has symptoms? Do they need to isolate?
Self-isolate straight away and get a PCR test (a test that is sent to the lab) on GOV.UK as soon as possible if you have any of these 3 symptoms of COVID-19, even if they are mild:
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.
You should also self-isolate straight away if:
- you’ve tested positive for COVID-19 either according to a PCR test or a lateral flow device test – this means you have the virus. If you get a positive LFT test you should book a PCR test. A negative PCR test will override a positive LFT test.
- someone you live with has symptoms or tested positive (unless you are not required to self-isolate – see below)
- you’ve been told to self-isolate following contact with someone who tested positive – find out what to do if you’re told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace or the NHS COVID-19 app.
Children and staff should only self-isolate if they have symptoms or they get a positive PCR.
Individuals are not required to self-isolate if they live in the same household as someone with COVID-19, or are a close contact of someone with COVID-19, and any of the following apply:
- they are fully vaccinated (14 days after second vaccine)
- they are below the age of 18 years and 6 months
- they have taken part in or are currently part of an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial
- they are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons.
Instead, they will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace, informed they have been in close contact with a positive case and advised to take a PCR test. We would encourage all individuals to take a PCR test if advised to do so.
If children and staff are asked to get a PCR they may continue to attend the education setting until they get the result of their PCR back
If you have any questions about health and safety, especially as it relates to the controls we have put in place to minimise the risk from Covid-19, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Michelle Hume, Acting Headteacher email@example.com or Mrs Stephanie Vent, School Business Manager firstname.lastname@example.org