The safety of our children, their families and our staff remains our number one priority.
As the country moves to Step 4 of the roadmap, the government will continue to manage the risk of serious illness from the spread of the virus. This marks a new phase in the government’s response to the pandemic, moving away from stringent restrictions on everyone’s day-to-day lives, towards advising people on how to protect themselves and others, alongside targeted interventions to reduce risk. As COVID-19 becomes a virus that we learn to live with, there is now an imperative to reduce the disruption to children and young people’s education - particularly given that the direct clinical risks to children are extremely low, and every adult has been offered a first vaccine and the opportunity for two doses by mid-September.
Mixing and bubbles
At Step 4 it is no longer recommend that it is necessary to keep children in consistent groups (‘bubbles’). This means that bubbles will not need to be used in the academy from the autumn term.
From 19 July, the government is removing the requirement to wear face coverings in law but expects and recommends that they are worn in enclosed and crowded spaces where you may come into contact with people you don't normally meet. As of 29 November, in response to the identification of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 in the UK, staff & visitors to the academy will temporarily return to wearing face coverings in communal areas.
Please be assured we will be keeping a number of control measures in place. This includes ensuring good hygiene for everyone, maintaining our additional cleaning regimes, keeping spaces well ventilated and following public health advice on testing, self-isolation and managing confirmed cases of COVID-19. Staff will continue with the programme of twice weekly asymptomatic testing. We will continue to provide a remote learning offer for any pupil requiring to self isolate.
Track & Trace
As restrictions are lifting our process in managing positive cases of Covid-19 has changed. Please find below detail of what to expect if the setting is notified of a possible or confirmed case of COVID-19 in the setting.
Where there is a possible case of coronavirus in the setting
If a child or member of staff develops symptoms of COVID-19, the individual concerned will be sent home. They will be asked to arrange a PCR test and to share the results with us.
Where there is a confirmed case of coronavirus in the setting
If a child or member of staff tests positive for COVID-19, they will be asked not to attend the school for at least 10 full days from the day after their symptoms appeared or, if asymptomatic, the date that the PCR test was taken.
Contact tracing will no longer be done by the school but by NHS Test and Trace. Our approach to isolation has changed as legally contacts who are double vaccinated * and under 18yrs 6 months are no longer required to self-isolate. They will however be advised to take a PCR test, and anyone who tests positive following the PCR test will still be legally required to self-isolate, even if they have been vaccinated. Children under five don’t routinely test but may be requested to take a PCR test if they are a household contact and this will be informed by NHS Test and Trace. Unvaccinated close contacts aged 18 and over should self-isolate for 10 days from when the symptomatic person first had symptoms and should continue this period of isolation even if they too have been tested and have received a negative test result. * A double vaccinated person must have had their second vaccine at least two weeks prior to coming into contact with the positive case.
What you can do
If your child develops any of the following symptoms, we would ask that you notify the school immediately and arrange a test by visiting https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by phoning 119.
- A high temperature – this means feeling hot to touch on the chest or back
- A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
- A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
If the child has been PCR tested because they were showing symptoms and the test has come back negative, they can return to school once they are well. If they still feel unwell after a negative test they should stay at home until they feel better. If the child has been sick, has had a high temperature or diarrhoea, they must not return to the setting for at least 48 hours after symptoms last showed.
Our Operating procedures & risk assessments
Click here to view our Risk Assessment 19.7 Phase 4 Covid-19 (September 2021)
Click here to view our COVID-19 Revised Operating Procedures V2.8 (April 2021)
Click here to view our COVID-19 Revised Operating Procedures V2.7 (March 2021)
Click here to view our Risk Assessment 19.6 Reopening Academies COVID-19 (March 2021)
Click here to view our Risk Assessment 19.1 Key Worker Provision COVID-19 BCA site (Jan 2021)
Government guidance for schools
Click here to view a copy of the government Schools Covid-19 operational guidance (updated 19 July 2021)
Click here to view a copy of the Schools coronavirus operational guidance (February 2021)
Click here to view a copy of the government guidance Restricting attendance during the national lockdown: schools (Jan 2021)
Click here to view a simple guide for parents as to whether or not they should send their child to school in the event of their child or anyone in their household feeling unwell or having Covid symptoms