Covid-19 update: masks, tests and hygiene

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Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope this finds you well and I’d like to start by complimenting your young people on the way they have been in school of late. The place has generally had a good and purposeful atmosphere. We have been working hard on getting the Teacher Assessed Grades ready and also on our Race Equality Action Plan. I will write to you in a separate email to invite you to take part in an audit if you want to.

Today, I am writing to update you on the new Covid-19 guidance for schools which comes into force on Monday 17th May 2021 as the country moves into stage 3 of the roadmap out of lockdown. School is currently feeling very safe with no reported cases of Covid-19 in recent months.

Masks

The key change is that students will no longer be required to wear masks in school from Monday. Staff will also not be wearing them in the classroom. All can still choose to wear masks if they want to and they will remain available at school for those that want to wear them but lose or forget theirs.

Tests

Please continue to encourage and support your child to take a test twice a week. These are provided from school. Please let us know if you need some more as we have plenty.

Hygiene and other measures

The general hygiene measures also remain in place with regular hand washing and sanitising, maintaining social distancing (2m) where possible, cleaning shared equipment between uses, disposing of used tissues safely and having good ventilation in all areas.

Coming to school

Students should now be attending school at all times when they are required to. They must self isolate or quarantine if they fall into one of these categories.

  1. They have one or more COVID-19 symptoms
  2. A member of their household (including someone in their support bubble or childcare bubble if they have one) has COVID-19 symptoms
  3. Having recently visited countries outside the Common Travel Area
  4. They have had a positive test or have been in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19 (if an LFD test is taken first, and a PCR test is then taken within 2 days of the positive lateral flow test, and is negative, it overrides the LFD test and the pupil can return to school).

Yours faithfully,

Jon Kelly
Head Teacher

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