Covid-19- April Update
The DfE guidance states
Free COVID-19 tests will continue to be available, after the universal testing ends on 1 April, for specific groups including eligible patients, NHS staff and care staff. This does not apply to education settings, other than for individuals who are at risk of serious illness from COVID-19 and eligible for treatments.
For individuals who have symptoms of a respiratory infection, and who have a high temperature or feel unwell, they are advised that they should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people until they feel well enough to resume normal duties and they no longer have a high temperature.
For individuals with a positive COVID-19 test, they are advised to try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days and for children and young people aged 18 and under, the advice will be 3 days.
Regular asymptomatic testing will no longer be recommended within education or childcare settings, including in SEND.
- a high temperature or shivering (chills) – a high temperature means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature);
- a new, continuous cough – this meanscoughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 ormore coughing episodes in 24 hours;
- a loss or change to your sense of smell ortaste;
- shortness of breath;
- feeling tired or exhausted;
- an aching body;
- a headache;
- a sore throat;
- a blocked or runny nose;
- loss of appetite
- feeling sick or being sick.
Your child should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people if they have symptoms of COVID-19 and they either:
➢have a high temperature;
➢do not feel well enough to go to school, college or childcare, or do their normal activities.
Children can go back to school, college or childcare when they feel better or do not have a high temperature.
Adults should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people if they have symptoms of COVID-19 and either:
➢have a high temperature;
➢do not feel well enough to go to work or do normal activities.
Living with Covid-19
Covid-19 Guidance-the government’s next phase: ‘a virus that we learn to live with’.
On the 24th February, the DfE updated guidance: Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak.
Tracing close contacts and isolation:
➢contacts are no longer required to self-isolate or advised to take daily tests, and contact tracing has ended;
➢staff, children and young people should attend their education settings as usual. This includes staff who have been in close contact within their household, unless they are able to work from home;
➢the legal obligation for individuals to tell their employers when they are required to self-isolate has also ended;
Actions for schools
➢the legal requirement to self-isolate following a positive test is removed. Adults and children who test positive will continue to be advised to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for at least 5 full days, and then continue to follow the guidance until they have received 2 negative test results on consecutive days;
➢fully vaccinated close contacts and those aged under 18 are not required to test daily for 7 days, and the legal requirement for close contacts who are not fully vaccinated to self-isolate is removed.
➢face coverings are no longer advised for pupils, staff and visitors in classrooms or communal areas;
➢face coverings may be reinstated in an outbreak as recommended by a director of public health.
➢these continue to be: ensuring good hygiene, cleaning regimes, ventilation and the following of public health advice on testing, self- isolation and managing confirmed cases of COVID-19.
➢staff and pupils in mainstream primary schools will not be expected to continue taking part in regular asymptomatic testing and should follow asymptomatic testing advice for the general population.
Clinically extremely vulnerable:
➢staff and pupils in these groups should follow the advice for the general public unless
otherwise advised by a specialist.
➢DfE recommend that all school staff and eligible pupils take up the offer of a vaccine.
➢In most cases, parents and carers will agree that a pupil with the key symptoms of COVID-19 should not attend the school, given the potential risk to others;
➢If a parent or carer insists on a pupil attending your school where they have a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19, school can take the decision to refuse the pupil if, in our reasonable judgement, it is necessary to protect other pupils and staff from possible infection with COVID-19.
➢where appropriate, we will support those who are self-isolating because they have tested positive to work or learn from home if they are well enough to do so.
We have updated our risk assessments and there will be systems and procedures in place to ensure the safety of everyone in our school community.
Please make sure that you have read all the information.
If you have any queries or questions, then please do not hesitate to contact the school office via phone or email.
If your child has any of the following symptoms, please do not send them into school.
- A new, continuous cough
- A high temperature
- A loss or change in sense of taste or smell
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