Information regarding Coronavirus
It seems the information regarding COVID is ever changing... and it is!
On Monday 21st February, the Prime Minister announced the removal of the measures put in place during the COVID-19 pandemic as we learn to live with the virus. This includes changes for schools such as no longer recommending regular testing for students and staff without symptoms - and removing the legal requirement for people to isolate following a positive test.
Therefore, from Monday 28th February 2022, mask wearing in school will be optional and bi-weekly testing is no longer required. Whilst it is strongly encouraged staff and students to continue to wear masks around the school and in communal areas, students will no longer be expected to do so.
What are the rules now?
The latest changes to testing rules do not mean the end of testing altogether. Anyone displaying symptoms of COVID-19 should continue to book a PCR test and remain at home isolating whilst waiting for the results. Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 should remain at home for at least 5 days and then continue to remain at home until they have two consecutive negative lateral flow tests or reach 10 days whichever is sooner. It is important that you don’t send your child into school if they knowingly have COVID-19.
Although regular lateral flow testing will no longer be recommended, students can still access test kits by ordering them online or through their local pharmacy if they wish. We will no longer be issuing any test kits or masks to students in school.
We appreciate that coughs and colds are a normal part of life and that you won’t want your child to miss any more school if they are generally feeling OK. For this reason, we hope that you will support your child in making a conscious choice to wear a face mask if they do have a cough or cold – not for themselves but to protect their peers from catching it and possibly missing time away from learning.
In school we will continue to encourage good hygiene practices such as regular hand-washing/sanitising, etc. as these are the small things that everyone can do to reduce the transmission of all viruses. We hope that you will continue to reinforce this at home too.
The following link will provide more detail on the guidance changes should you wish to read it.
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