School Return September 2021
From September 2021, we will no longer be operating as 'class bubbles'. We will be returning to a whole school model, where pupils will have playtime, lunchtime and Collective Worship with other pupils from across the school.
We will no longer be operating a staggered drop off and pick up at the start and end of the school days, with all children expected to arrive at school between 8:45am and 8:55am and be collected at 3:10pm. The gates will be closed promptly in the morning as the school will meet in the hall for Collective Worship at 9am.
Parents, staff and pupils will no longer be asked to socially distance whilst on the school site, although we ask that you are mindful of giving one another space as we adjust to these changes. Face masks will no longer be required to be worn at drop off and pick up. We will also no longer be asking for only one parent to attend drop off and pick up to reduce numbers.
Actions to Minimise the Risk of Transmission
There are a number of actions that the school will continue to take in order to minimise risk of transmission with the community which include:
- regular hand-washing throughout the day (and use of sanitiser where there is no access to a sink);
- increased ventilation in every room;
- regular cleaning of surfaces such as door handles and hand rails;
- twice weekly lateral flow testing of all school staff.
In the event that there is a surge in the number of cases in the school community, the school may be advised to increase the measure put in place to minimise the risk of transmission. Our 'Outbreak Management Plan' can be found here.
Responding to COVID Symptoms or a Positive Case
We continue to ask that no pupils, staff or parents attend the site if they are displaying any of the following symptoms:
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
A PCR test should be taken and the individual must self-isolate until they have their result.
Self-Isolation Rules for Close Contacts
The most recent operational guidance for schools states:
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;
- 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.
If there is a positive case within the school community, NHS Test and Trace will make contact with anyone who is identified as a 'close contact' and will advise on any further actions to be taken. If they fall into one of the categories above, and are not displaying any symptoms of COVID, they can continue to attend school.