COVID-19 coronavirus response
UPDATED 1 September 2021
Langley Grammar School reopens for the Autumn term from Friday 3rd September, with students starting back on a staggered basis.
Do students have to come back to school?
The simple answer is yes. The legal requirement is for children and young people to be back in school.
The school has no authority to authorise any absence apart from specifically defined reasons such as illness, or a requirement to remain at home because of association with a positive Covid case.
Parents may have understandable concerns about the return to school following the lifting of all remaining national government restrictions.
We are happy to discuss any concerns in order to provide reassurance and support to enable students to attend school.
How is the school operating?
Students are returning to a situation which far more like 'normal' school operation. The Government guidance still requires us to implement a system of infection controls; however, these are much simpler than those previously in place.
There are essentially four elements to the system of controls now in operation:
- Promotion of good hand and respiratory hygiene
- Enhanced cleaning routines
- Ensuring good ventilation in classrooms and other spaces.
- Following public health guidance to deal with any confirmed cases of Covid-19.
The school continues to operate under broadly the same principles and procedures, so the majority of information in this document remains valid.
The school also carried out a formal risk assessment in line with health and safety law. The risk current assessment document can be found by accessing the link below. The document reflects the procedures and control measures currently in place.
What about face coverings?
Students have been accustomed to wearing face coverings in school.
In the updated guidance for schools, the Government no longer recommends the use of face coverings in school.
The school's position is that students and staff may continue to wear face coverings in school if they wish to do so.
We ask that students bring reusable face coverings and not paper ones as they may be putting them on and taking them off several times each day. They should have more than one so that a clean covering can be used each day.
Asymptomatic Covid testing programme
In line with Government guidance, all students will be offered two lateral flow Covid tests in school during the first week back. Following the completion of this programme, students will again be offered kits to enable them to carry out testing at home.
Please click here here for further information about the Covid testing programme.
What do I do if my child is unwell?
The following information may be helpful to parents if their son or daughter is unwell.
If you child has any of the possible COVID-19 (coronavirus) symptoms, you MUST NOT send them to school.
The main symptoms of coronavirus include:
- a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms. If your child is unwell but does not have any of these symptoms, they should stay at home while unwell as would normally be the case. Consult NHS 111 or your GP is you are unsure what to do.
What do I do if my child develops symptoms?
Check whether your child has a high temperature, a new continuous cough or a loss or change to their sense of smell or taste. These are the main symptoms of COVID-19 (coronavirus).
- Book a coronavirus test for your child - click here to go the Government website.
- Your child must self-isolate at home.
- You may need to provide NHS Test and Trace with details of anyone your child has been in close contact with if they were to test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).
What do I do if someone else in my household develops Covid-19?
If someone other than your child develops symptoms, then you should arrange for them to have a COVID-19 (coronavirus) test as soon as possible - click here to go to the Government website.
If someone in your household has symptoms of COVID-19, or has tested positive for COVID-19, other members of the household must self-isolate unless any of the following apply:
- you're fully vaccinated – this means 14 days have passed since your final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine given by the NHS
- you're under 18 years, 6 months old
- you're taking part or have taken part in a COVID-19 vaccine trial
- you're not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons
Even if you do not have symptoms, you should still:
- get a PCR test on GOV.UK to check if you have COVID-19
- follow advice on how to avoid catching and spreading COVID-19
- consider limiting contact with people who are at higher risk from Covid-19
How will the school handle a confirmed case of COVID-19?
If a case of COVID-19 is confirmed within the school community, the school will follow guidance from the Government and local public health authorities.
In the event of a confirmed case of COVID-19, close contacts of that student will be identified and contacted by NHS Test and Trace. Close contacts will no longer be required to self isolate, but will be advised to obtain a PCR test as soon as possible. Schools are no longer specifically required to carry out contact tracing but may be asked to assist NHS Test and Trace.
What is a 'close contact'?
Close contacts are usually defined as those who have spent
- more than 15 minutes within 2m of a confirmed case, or
- a shorter time at a distance of 1m or less, for example face to face
Further Government guidance and useful information
The Government and Public Health England have produced useful information on coronavirus which can be accessed as follows:
NHS Test and Trace