Guidance and Expectations

<Updated 20 January 2022>

Latest changes:

  • From Thursday 20 January, face coverings are no longer recommended in classrooms.
  • From Thursday 27 January, face coverings are no longer recommended in classrooms or communal areas of schools.

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We need everyone to help us minimise the spread of COVID-19 within and around our schools by understanding the expectations we have.

As a Trust we understand the need for precautions but also appreciate the impact that changes will have on the education of our young people.

For Learners:

  • Go to school if it is open, you have no COVID-19 symptoms and have not had a positive test. 
  • In primary academies, staff and visitors should wear face coverings in communal areas,  unless exempt under government guidelines.
  • In secondary academies, staff, students and visitors should wear face coverings in communal areas,  unless exempt under government guidelines.
  • Wash hands often and thoroughly throughout the day.
  • Maintain 2-metre social distancing where possible. 
  • Secondary students are encouraged to complete twice weekly Lateral Flow Tests and register the results with NHS. Positive results should also be registered with the school.

For Families:

  • Make sure your child goes to school if it is open, they have no COVID-19 symptoms and have not had a positive test.
  • Tell your school immediately if your child is experiencing any of the following symptoms of COVID-19:
    – A high temperature
    – A new, continuous cough
    – A loss of change to sense of smell or taste
  • Tell your school immediately if your child received a positive test.
  • Follow government guidelines on self-isolating.

For Visitors:

  • Only visit the site in person if it is essential.
  • If you need to visit the site, you must:

    – Not have any symptoms of COVID-19.
    – Not be self-isolating.
    – Wear a face covering at all times, unless exempt under government guidelines.
    – Sign in on arrival.
    – Follow all local procedures.

For our Schools:

  • Maintain risk assessments and do our best to mitigate risks to ensure safety.
  • Continue to provide exceptional education for our learners, and support the emotional wellbeing of our learners, families, and staff.
  • Follow Government and Public Health England advice to protect everyone’s safety and wellbeing.
  • Work closely with the local authorities to ensure a consistent and measured approach to the support of children and families.
  • Clearly communicate and consult with families, staff, and other key stakeholders to seek to ease their concerns.
  • Encourage staff to complete twice weekly Lateral Flow Tests and register the results with NHS. Positive results should also be registered with the school.
  • Social distancing is recommended in offices and work areas where possible.
  • Encourage staff to consider the benefits of being vaccinated and to take up the vaccination if they have not yet done so.
  • Maintain caution and when possible reduce close interaction and ensure adequate ventilation in rooms.
  • Continue hygiene regime.