<Updated 20 January 2022>
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.