Re: Update on Covid 19 guidance for schools
I hope you are well and enjoying the Easter break. I am e-mailing you with an update with regards to the latest guidance relating to Covid-19 and what actions to take if staff or students are unwell.
You may be aware that as of 1st April the governmentpublished its Living with Covid strategy. The universal testing offer ended on 1st April. There is no requirement for students or staff to test regularly.
The following guidance is now in place if students or staff are unwell with Covid-19 symptoms:
- Children and young people who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid contact with other people. They can go back to school when they no longer have a high temperature, and they feel well enough to attend.
- Adults with the symptoms of a respiratory infection, and who have a high temperature or feel unwell, should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people until they feel well enough to resume normal activities and they no longer have a high temperature.
- In the event that a Covid-19 test is taken, adults with a positive test result should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days, which is when they are most infectious. For children and young people aged 18 and under, the advice is 3 days. Please do continue to use the email@example.com email address to notify us if you do use a test and test positive.
- There is no longer a requirement for students or staff to return a negative test before returning to school once they have remained at home for the recommended period of time.
- We are not permitted to distribute the remaining test stock we have in school. We are waiting for further information on what will happen with these tests.
Ventilation and ongoing hygiene measures will continue to be in place in school. Remote learning remains in place for students who are absent with a confirmed Covid-19 case or in the exceptional event of a year group having to work remotely. We will review the requirements and communicate expectations to families throughout this term.
As ever, please do not hesitate to contact me directly if you have any concerns at all. I look forward to welcoming back students on Tuesday 19th April.
Enjoy the rest of the break.
Mr Emmanuel Botwe