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Schools COVID-19 operational guidance – updated 22.2.22
Yesterday the Prime Minister set out the next phase of the Government’s Covid-19 response. Covid-19 continues to be a virus that we are learning to live with and restrictions are now lifting in schools in order to reduce the ongoing disruption to childrens’ education.
Schools must continue to comply with health and safety law and put in place proportional control measures and risk assessments. The advice on bubbles and mixing has been removed and face coverings are no longer advised for pupils, staff and visitors in classrooms or communal areas. However, we do know that the virus is still circulating in school and I understand that some children and staff may feel nervous about not wearing a face covering in certain situations. Wearing a face covering in school continues to be acceptable and it is up to individuals to make their own decision. In the future, there may be circumstances where face coverings are recommended temporarily by public health and this will be communicated if necessary.
Stepping measures up & down
We will continue to have a contingency plan in place outlining how we will operate if we need to take extra measures. This will only be in exceptional circumstances and for the shortest amount of time possible.
The following control measures will remain in place:
- Ensuring good hygiene for everyone (washing hands at set periods throughout the day, MSAs wearing aprons & gloves in the dining room);
- Maintaining appropriate cleaning regimes (at least twice a day around the school, including high use touch points);
- Keeping occupied spaces well ventilated (but also a comfortable temperature for teaching & learning);
- Following public health advice on testing, self-isolation and managing confirmed cases of Covid-19.
Attendance in school remains mandatory for all pupils of compulsory school age and it remains our priority to ensure that as many children as possible attend school regularly. Holidays during term time will not be authorised for any reason, even if families have not been able to take a holiday within the past two years. Requests for an unauthorised absence should only be sought in exceptional circumstances and will be considered on an individual basis. Children absent from school for these reasons will not be provided with work to complete.
Access to Remote Learning
Access to remote education for covid-related reasons remains a requirement for this academic year. We will continue to support children who are isolating at home because they have tested positive and parents wish them to isolate. This provision will consist of access to Active Learn & online accounts (including, where relevant, reading books) as well as their half-termly homework grid & spellings. It is not anticipated that children isolating will receive a google meet with their class teacher, although this may be offered in exceptional circumstances. Most children absent with Covid will be absent because they are feeling unwell and as such, they will not be required to complete school work at home, just as they wouldn’t for any other illness. Once they are feeling well enough, children should return to school.