Coronavirus Catch-up Premium
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We will no longer operate bubbles from September 2021, which means that assemblies and larger group activities can resume and students from different classes and year groups will be able to mix.
The government has removed the need to wear face coverings on school premises. However, they recommend that they are worn in enclosed and crowded spaces where you may come into contact with people you do not usually meet. This includes public transport and dedicated transport to school. Parents and carers are welcome to wear face coverings during school assemblies if they wish.
Close contract tracing
Schools are no longer responsible for contact tracing for positive cases of COVID-19, and this will be led by NHS Test and Trace.
From 16th August, children under 18 years old identified as a close contact of a confirmed positive will not need to self-isolate and will be advised by NHS Test and Trace to take a PCR test.
In the event of an outbreak at the school or in the local area, we may be advised to reintroduce bubbles and face coverings and may be asked to support NHS Test and Trace with close contact tracing. If this becomes necessary, we will communicate this to you.
Testing remains essential in reducing the risk of transmission of infection within our school community. We will continue to encourage staff to take rapid lateral flow tests twice a week.
If your child has symptoms of Covid-19, please do not send them into school. Let the office know your child is unwell by 9am and book a PCR test.
We will continue to ensure students have regular handwashing/sanitising opportunities. The school will continue with enhanced cleaning arrangements, paying particular attention to surfaces that are regularly touched. We will also keep spaces well ventilated and will not allow anyone with COVID-19 symptoms to enter the site.
Isolating if travelling from abroad
Keep in mind that if you and your family are returning from travel abroad you may need to self-isolate.