6th September 2021
A very warm welcome back to the start of a new school year. I hope you have been able to enjoy a relaxing summer break and that the children are looking forward to their new classrooms, teachers and year groups. I know all the staff are hoping we will enjoy much more normality and little disruption this term. Our aim is to ensure your children receive as much quality face to face teaching as is possible and that we see a return to the normality of primary school which we have been deprived of for so long.
Although lots of restrictions have been lifted, I would like to assure you however that a new risk assessment is in place, following the latest guidance from Public Health and DfE to ensure that we still strive to minimise any risks of the spread of infection across Autumn term. To summarise, the key changes are as follows:
Children and adults displaying symptoms of COVID-19 must continue to isolate until a PCR result is received. If this is positive, isolation must continue as advised. It is unlikely that close contacts will be traced for each positive case – this will be in specific circumstances only. This means that we will not be operating bubbles in school and that large groups of children will not be sent home to isolate when school becomes aware of a positive case.
School will take a much reduced role in locating close contacts and this will be done by NHS Track and Trace. Therefore there is no need to advise us out of school hours if your child has tested positive. Normal absence reporting will resume whereby you must call the school office or use parent mail to notify us of your child’s positive test result or isolation due to symptoms on the 1st day of absence. We will continue to monitor the incidence of COVID-19 positive cases and should an outbreak occur, further measures will be taken which you will be notified of at the time.