A partner academy in the John Taylor MAT
A partner academy in the John Taylor MAT

COVID-19 Info

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On Wednesday 19 January, the Prime Minister announced that all Plan B measures will be removed in England, with a full return to Plan A by Thursday 27 January.

In education and childcare settings, this means:

  • From Thursday 20 January, face coverings are no longer recommended in classrooms and teaching spaces for staff, and pupils and students in year 7 and above. They were introduced in classrooms at the start of the spring term as a temporary measure.
  • From Thursday 27 January, face coverings are no longer recommended in communal areas for staff, and pupils and students in year 7 and above.

This decision comes in response to national infection data showing the prevalence of COVID-19 to be on a downward trajectory. Whilst there are some groups where cases are likely to continue rising, it is likely that the Omicron wave has now peaked nationally. There remains significant pressure on the NHS but hospital admissions have stabilised, and the number of patients in Intensive Care Units (ICU) remain low and are falling.

This means it is right that the most stringent restrictions around wearing face coverings are removed from education, but the virus is still with us, and continuing with proportionate protective measures remains vital to protect education.

From Thursday 27 January, venues and events will no longer be required by law to use the NHS COVID Pass. The pass can be used on a voluntary basis as was previously the case in Plan A.

The government is no longer asking people to work from home.

Temporary Suspension of Confirmatory PCR Tests in Education and Childcare Settings

Confirmatory PCR testing following a positive result on a lateral flow device (LFD) have been temporarily suspended from Tuesday 11 January. This means that for all education and childcare settings, staff and pupils who have tested (either at home or through ATS) and reported a positive LFD result will no longer be advised to get a confirmatory PCR test.

This change is informed by public health advice. With high COVID-19 rates, the risk of a positive LFD result being false is very small. The government therefore don’t need to ask people to do a confirmatory PCR unless they:

  • have symptoms (in which case they need to follow the stay at home guidance, self-isolate and order a PCR test)
  • wish to claim the Test and Trace Support Payment
  • have been advised to take a PCR test because they are in a clinically vulnerable group
  • have been advised to do so as part of a research or surveillance programme

Education and childcare settings are not expected to trace contacts of a positive case as this will remain the responsibility of NHS Test and Trace. From Tuesday 11 January, contact tracing is triggered once a positive LFD test is reported.

Anyone with a positive LFD test result should self-isolate and follow self-isolation guidance.

Information on the new arrangements can be found in the stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed COVID-19 infection.

Changes to Self-Isolation Rules

People who are self-isolating with COVID-19 have the option to reduce their isolation period after 5 full days if they test negative with an LFD test on both day 5 and day 6 and they do not have a temperature. For example, if they test negative on the morning of day 5 and the morning of day 6, they can return to their education or childcare setting immediately on day 6.

The first test must be taken no earlier than day 5 of the self-isolation period, and the second must be taken the following day. All test results should be reported to NHS Test and Trace.

If the result of either test is positive, they should continue to self-isolate until they get negative results from two LFD tests on consecutive days or until they have completed 10 full days of self-isolation, whichever is earliest.

Anyone who is unable to take LFD tests or anyone who continues to have a temperature will need to complete the full 10-day period of self-isolation.

Many thanks, as always, for your support, cooperation and patience during these unusual times. If you have any further questions or queries, please contact the school office via: shb-office@shb.jtmat.co.uk. All essential correspondence will be posted here for your reference…

Welcome Back Letter – January 2022

Welcome Back Letter – September 2021

Letter To Parents – 31st August 2021

Evidence Summary – July 2021

School Letter – Testing (16th April 2021)

Wider Opening Procedures from 8 March 2021

Letter to Parents & Carers from Jonathan Price (26th February 2021)

Letter to Children from Mr Adams

Open Letter to Parents & Carers – Critical Workers

Letter to Parents – National Lockdown (4th January 2021)

Welcome Back Letter – January 2021

Welcome Back Letter – November 2020

Welcome Back Letter – September 2020

Covid-19 Autumn and Winter Plan 

The Prime Minister laid out the COVID-19 Autumn and Winter plan in a press conference. The plan sets out a renewed focus on vaccines as the first line of defence, supported by testing, and public health advice.

In particular, it contains the following on testing in education:

“Testing in education settings has played an important role in identifying positive cases since the start of this year, helping reduce the spread by removing infected individuals from the classroom or lecture hall. In secondary schools, further education and higher education, the Government expects that testing for students will continue for the rest of this term. This will be a valuable tool in minimising the overall disruption to education, and is particularly helpful for this cohort, given its current lower level of vaccine-based protection.”

Tracing Close Contacts & Isolation

People who are self-isolating with COVID-19 have the option to reduce their isolation period after 5 full days if they test negative with an LFD test on both day 5 and day 6 and they do not have a temperature. For example, if they test negative on the morning of day 5 and the morning of day 6, they can return to their education or childcare setting immediately on day 6.

The first test must be taken no earlier than day 5 of the self-isolation period, and the second must be taken the following day. All test results should be reported to NHS Test and Trace.

If the result of either test is positive, they should continue to self-isolate until they get negative results from two LFD tests on consecutive days or until they have completed 10 full days of self-isolation, whichever is earliest.

Anyone who is unable to take LFD tests or anyone who continues to have a temperature will need to complete the full 10-day period of self-isolation.

Information on the new arrangements can be found in the stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed COVID-19 infection.

People who are fully vaccinated, or children and young people aged between 5 and 18 years and 6 months, identified as a close contact of someone with COVID-19, should take an LFD test every day for seven days and continue to attend their setting as normal, unless they have a positive test result or develop symptoms at any time.

Children under 5 are not being advised to take part in daily testing of close contacts. If a child under 5 is a contact of a confirmed case, they are not required to self-isolate and should not start daily testing. If they live in the same household as someone with COVID-19 they should limit their contact with anyone who is at higher risk of severe illness if infected with COVID-19, and arrange to take a PCR test as soon as possible. They can continue to attend an education or childcare setting while waiting for the PCR result. If the test is positive, they should follow the stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed COVID-19 infection.

For primary aged children LFD test kits are available through the usual routes community test sites, local pharmacies or order COVID-19 rapid lateral flow tests online.

Face Coverings

From Thursday 27 January, face coverings are no longer recommended in communal areas for staff, and pupils and students in year 7 and above.

Vaccinations

All eligible staff and students aged 12 and over are encouraged to take up the offer of the vaccine, including boosters.

Vaccines are our best defence against COVID-19. They help protect young people and adults, and benefit those around them. Vaccination makes people less likely to catch the virus and less likely to pass it on.

To book a vaccination, please visit: Book or manage a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination – NHS (www.nhs.uk).

The Story So Far…

During these unprecedented times, the support from our community has been overwhelming! Since the Covid-19 pandemic took hold at the beginning of 2020, a period of great change and challenge has taken place for everyone connected with our school. We are exceptionally proud of the way that all who are invested in Shobnall Primary & Nursery School (children, staff, parents/carers, and governors) responded to the challenges and came together to keep our children and families safe and our pupils learning. 

As we begin a new chapter, we wanted to capture this unique spirit and have described some of the many ways that we have worked to support our community during these unusual times…

Shobnall Primary & Nursery School – The Story So Far…

Recovery Curriculum

Due to the closure of schools for the majority of children during the global Covid-19 pandemic, it has been necessary to re-evaluate our approach to the provision on offer for our children. This will ensure all children have the level of support that they will need to become ‘effective’ and ‘engaged’ learners who are able to access all that school has to offer. The approach we will take is formed from the theoretical perspective of the ‘recovery curriculum think-piece’, the principles of nurture that our school aims and values are based upon and the trauma recovery model of Louise Bomber. Please click on the link below for further information about our recovery curriculum.

Shobnall Primary & Nursery School Recovery Curriculum Framework

Stepping Measure Up & Down

We have contingency plans (sometimes called outbreak management plans) outlining what we will do if children, pupils, students or staff test positive for COVID-19, or how we will operate if we are advised to take extra measures to help break chains of transmission. Given the detrimental impact that restrictions on education can have on children and young people, any measures in schools should only ever be considered as a last resort, kept to the minimum number of schools or groups possible, and for the shortest amount of time possible.

As part of our outbreak management responsibilities, we have created an outbreak management plan which can be accessed below.

Shobnall Primary & Nursery School COVID-19 Outbreak Management Plan – January 2022

Remote Education

The temporary continuity direction makes it clear that schools have a duty to provide remote education for state-funded, school-age children whose attendance would be contrary to government guidance or law around coronavirus (COVID-19). The remote education provided should be equivalent in length to the core teaching pupils would receive in school and will include both recorded or live direct teaching time, and time for pupils to complete tasks and assignments independently. For information about our remote education provision, please click on the relevant link below:

Remote Education Provision – Information for Parents

Procedures for Remote Learning

Letter to Parents – SeeSaw

Nursery

Mrs Farrington can be contacted via: shb-nursery@shb.jtmat.co.uk or through SeeSaw.

Reception

Miss Alexander can be contacted via: shb-reception@shb.jtmat.co.uk or through SeeSaw.

Year 1

Miss Brewin can be contacted via: shb-year1@shb.jtmat.co.uk or through SeeSaw.

Year 2

Miss Martin-Mills can be contacted via: shb-year2@shb.jtmat.co.uk or through SeeSaw. 

Year 3

Miss Pestridge can be contacted via: shb-year3@shb.jtmat.co.uk or through SeeSaw.

Year 4

Mr Bishop can be contacted via: shb-year4@shb.jtmat.co.uk or through SeeSaw.

Year 5

Mrs Knight can be contacted via: shb-year5@shb.jtmat.co.uk or through SeeSaw.

Year 6

Miss Barnard can be contacted via: shb-year6@shb.jtmat.co.uk or through SeeSaw. 

Procedures

We have put into place a number of procedures to help ensure the safety of pupils, parents and staff. We appreciate your support in this matter. Details of these procedures can be found in the documentation below. Please note that this information is subject to change, so keep checking back for the latest details.

Full Opening Procedures – September 2021

Operational Risk Assessment (Shobnall Primary & Nursery School)

COVID-19 Education Guidance Poster