On Tuesday 29 March, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, set out the next steps for living with COVID-19 in England from Friday 1 April.
On the circumstances in which a child should not attend school, revised guidance states:
- Children with mild symptoms such as a runny nose, sore throat, or mild cough, who are otherwise well, can continue to attend school.
- Children and young people who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and where possible avoid contact with other people. They can go back to school when they no longer have a high temperature, and they are well enough.
- If a child or young person has a positive COVID-19 test result they should try to stay at home and where possible avoid contact with other people for 3 days after the day they took the test. The risk of passing the infection on to others is much lower after 3 days if they feel well and do not have a high temperature.
- Children and young people who live with someone who has a positive COVID-19 test result should continue to attend as normal.
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: email@example.com. All essential correspondence will be posted here for your reference…
School Letter – Testing (16th April 2021)
Vaccinations help to increase protection against COVID-19, which is particularly important for those with underlying health conditions. Being vaccinated minimises the need for children and young people to have time off from school or college, and helps them to continue to carry out their hobbies, attend social events and live their lives to the full.
The government has published some frequently asked questions (FAQs) on the vaccination programme including information on eligibility, accessibility and advice for parents of children at high risk from COVID-19. We have been asked to share these FAQs with parents, particularly those with children who are clinically vulnerable.
Guidance on how to book appointments for children aged 12 years and over is available on the NHS website. Further information on the vaccination of high risk children aged 5 to 11 years old is available in the guide for parents of children aged 5 to 11 years published by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA).
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 continue the journey, 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…
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.
Please click on the links below for the latest government guidance.
Stepping Measures Up & Down
The DfE has published further guidance that is specific to schools:
- DfE emergency planning and response which includes how schools and trusts should plan for and deal with emergencies, including significant public health incidents and severe weather. This plan is known as The Business Continuity Plan and can be accessed on request via the school office.
We also 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.
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:
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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.
Here are links to other resources, which you may find useful to access at this time.