COVID-19 coronavirus update
This section of the school website outlines the current position in school. It will continue to be updated regularly to reflect national guidance and the local situation.
LAST UPDATED 25 May 2022
Living with Covid-19
In February 2022 the Government set out the next phase of it’s Covid-19 response in which plans were set out for removing the remaining legal restrictions while protecting people most vulnerable to COVID-19 and maintaining resilience. The position was further consolidated in April 2022 with the withdrawal of the free asymptomatic Covid-19 testing programme and the removal of the operational guidance for schools.
So how is the now school operating?
We no longer require students to wear face coverings inside school buildings - this is a matter a matter of personal choice and students are able to wear face coverings if they wish.
There may be occasional circumstances where students will still be asked to wear a mask - for example if they visit Student Support because they are feeling unwell with Covid-19 symptoms.
We are no longer asking parents to ensure that their children take lateral flow tests twice each week to check for asymptomatic cases. We have been told by the Department for Education that we will not be receiving any further supplies of LFD testing kits for distribution.
What do I do if my child is unwell?
If your child has any of the possible COVID-19 (coronavirus) symptoms, you MUST NOT send them to school. The accepted main symptoms of coronavirus still include:
- high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- 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)
- 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
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 Covid-19 symptoms?
- You should still obtain a coronavirus test for your child - click here to go the Government website.
- Your child will still be expected to self-isolate at home for at least 3 full days after developing symptoms or testing positive. They may return to school after this time provided they are well.
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 that person to have a COVID-19 (coronavirus) test as soon as possible. If someone in your household has symptoms of COVID-19, or has tested positive for COVID-19, other members of the household are no longer required to self-isolate. However, you are strongly advised to:
- follow advice on how to avoid catching and spreading COVID-19
- consider limiting contact with people who are at higher risk from Covid-19
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