September 2021 Updates
August 31st 2021
The government continues to manage the risk of serious illness from the spread of the virus. Step 4 marked 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 2 doses by mid-September.
Our priority is for you to deliver face-to-face, high-quality education to all pupils. The evidence is clear that being out of education causes significant harm to educational attainment, life chances, mental and physical health.
We have worked closely with the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and Public Health England (PHE) to revise this guidance.
Please see the information below about when to send your child to school.
Tracing close contacts and isolation
Settings only needed to do contact tracing up to and including 18 July. Close contacts will now be identified via NHS Test and Trace and education settings will no longer be expected to undertake contact tracing.
As with positive cases in any other setting, NHS Test and Trace will work with the positive case and/or their parent to identify close contacts. Contacts from a school setting will only be traced by NHS Test and Trace where the positive case and/or their parent specifically identifies the individual as being a close contact. This is likely to be a small number of individuals who would be most at risk of contracting COVID-19 due to the nature of the close contact. You may be contacted in exceptional cases to help with identifying close contacts, as currently happens in managing other infectious diseases.
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
Instead, they will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace, informed they have been in close contact with a positive case and advised to take a PCR test. We would encourage all individuals to take a PCR test if advised to do so.
Staff who do not need to isolate, and children and young people aged under 18 years 6 months who usually attend school, and have been identified as a close contact, should continue to attend school as normal. They do not need to wear a face covering within the school, but it is expected and recommended that these are worn when travelling on public or dedicated transport.
18-year-olds will be treated in the same way as children until 6 months after their 18th birthday, to allow them the opportunity to get fully vaccinated. At which point, they will be subject to the same rules as adults and so if they choose not to get vaccinated, they will need to self-isolate if identified as a close contact.
Settings will continue to have a role in working with health protection teams in the case of a local outbreak. If there is a substantial increase in the number of positive cases in a setting (see Stepping measures up and down section for more information) or if central government offers the area an enhanced response package, a director of public health might advise a setting to temporarily reintroduce some control measures.
The Prime Minister announced on 22nd February 2021 that it will be safe for all pupils to return to school on Monday 8th March. We are preparing the school to enable us to be ready to open to all children on that date.
Between now and then, please continue to support your child accessing the online learning we are providing or bringing your child to school if they are eligible to attend.
Below is our Risk Assessment with details about how we will prepare the school and mitigate risks of Covid 19
The Prime Minister has asked that schools close to most pupils from 5th January 2021. Your child’s teacher will provide remote learning. For Key Stage 1 we will be using Seesaw, which for our younger pupils is more accessible. For Key Stage 2 teachers will use Google Classroom. Please encourage your child to use the online resources we are providing. Your child’s teacher will call you and your child regularly to see how you are and see if you need help with learning. If you are unable to access online learning because you don’t have suitable devices or internet connection, please let us know. We have a small number of devices in school and we have requested more from the government.
We also have a limited number of spaces in school for face to face teaching. These are for key workers and vulnerable children. If you are a key worker and need provsion for your child to enable you to go to work, please contact the school.
We are also trying to offer as much face to face teaching as possible for children who are unable to access remote learning successfully at home. To unable us to help as many children as we can as safely as possible, these places will need to be part time.
Please see the letters and details below for information about our Covid 19 plans.
Ra’iisul wasaaraha wuxuu dugsiyada weydiistay in la xiro laga billaabo 5ta jannaayo 2021. Macallinka canuggaada ayaa siin doona waxbarashada fogaanta.
Carruurta Risabshanka iyo KS1 fogaanta ayaa wax laga bari doonaa iyadoo la isticmaalaayo seasaw, waxaan aragnay in tan ay tahay mid carruurteenna yaryar ay si fudud ku geli karaan. Carruurta waxaa laga filaayaa in ay maalintii 3 saacadood wax-bartaan; tan waxaa ku jirta waxbarashada internetka iyo casharrada la sameyn karo iyadoo aan la isticmaaleynin qalab. Macallimiinta maalin walba caharro akhrin, qorid, xisaab iyo dhawaq iyo qeybaha kale ee manhajka ayey soo diri doonaan. Casharrada la soo diri doona waxaa ka mid ah: fiidiyoow-yo uu duubay macallinka fasalka, fiidiyoow-yo hey’ado kale ay duubeen sida BBC ama Oak Academy iyo casharro la sameyn karo iyadoo la isticmaalaaya Seasaw.
Carruurta KS2 waxaa la bari doonaa waxbarasha fogaanta iyadoo la isticmaalaayo Google Classroom. Carruurta waxaa laga filaayaa in ay wax-bartaan 4 saacadood maalintii; tan waxaa ku jirta waxbarsho internetka iyo casharro la sameyn karo iyadoo aan la isticmaaleynin qalab. Macallimiinta maalin walba caharro akhrin, qorid, xisaab iyo higgaad iyo qeybaha kale ee manhajka ayey soo diri doonaan. Casharrada waxaa ku jiro doona: fiidiyoow-yo uu duubay macallinka fasalka, casharro toos ah ee bar-kulanka Google, fiidiyoow-yo hey’ado kale ay duubeen sida BBC ama Oak Academy iyo casharro la sameyn karo iyadoo la isticmaalaaya Google Classroom.
Fadlan ku dhiirrageli canuggaada in uu isticmaalo inuu isticmaalo agabka internetka laga helo. Macallinka canuggaada ayaa si joogta ah kuu soo wici doona si xaaladdiina uu ula socdo iyo in aad caawinaad u baahan tihiin. Haddii canuggaada uu qalab haaysanin fadlan nala soo xiriir. Waxaan dugsiga ku haaynaa qalab xaddidan.
Waxaa kaloo aan isku dayeynaa inaan waxbarsho weji-ka-weji ah aan siinno carruurta aan awoodin in ay fogaanta barashada ay guriga ku sameeyaan. Si aan in badan u caawinno sida macquulka ah ee nabdoon, boosaskaas waa in ay noqdaan kuwo maalin nuskeed ah.
Waan ognahay sida ay waxbarshada fogaanta u adkaan karto waxaanna sameyneynaa wixii aan awoodno sidii aan adiga iyo caruurtaada u caain lahayn
If a child has develop a new continuous cough or appears to have a high fever whilst in school, we will call you and ask you to come and collect your child straight away. We will advise you to follow the latest government guidelines about self isolating and arranging a test. Please see the letter below for the latest updates to this advice.
Below is our Risk Assessment with details about how we have made the school environment as safe as possible.