The school will return to normal working order from September in line with the government guidance issued regarding the return to school of ALL students in September. We will mirror the government and local authority guidelines at each stage.
What is changing from September?
• Schools will no longer need to keep children in Year group bubbles
• Close contacts of a positive case will be identified via NHS Test and Trace and schools will no longer be expected to undertake contact tracing
• From 16th August 2021 children under the age of 18 years old will no longer be required to self isolate if they are contacted by NHS Test and Trace as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case.
• Students who have been informed they are a close contact by NHS Test and Trace will be advised to take a PCR test
• Face coverings will no longer be a requirement in law and will not need to be worn within the school. The government does expect and recommends that they are worn in enclosed and crowded places where you may come into contact with people you don’t normally meet. This includes public transport and dedicated transport to school.
• Adjusted times of the school day as a result of student feedback and the research conducted on high impact strategies to help students recover and ‘catch up’ following the pandemic.
What CONTROL MEASURES will we keep in place?
• Ensuring good hygiene for everyone… including hand sanitising and catch it, bin it, kill it messages
• Maintaining appropriate cleaning regimes but students will not need to wipe down their desk
• Keeping occupied spaces well ventilated
• Follow Public Health advice on Testing, self-isolation and managing confirmed cases of COVID-19
• Stepping measures up and down in line with Local Health Protection teams
A return to school risk assessment will be completed before September to support this document.