Staying safe in school - all pupils (September 2021)
As life and school return to the liberties that we are accustomed to, we are aware that the virus is still around and remains a very real danger to those who catch it, so we would encourage everyone who is able to protect themselves by taking the vaccine.
Please see below for an outline of the key points of the risk assessment and outbreak contingency we now have in place, and share the key changes in the Covid 19 legislation that will affect schools.
Firstly, we are no longer required to operate in year group ‘bubbles’ as we were for the majority of the last school year. This means that we will resume activities which see children mixing with a wider range of their peers, such as:
- whole school assemblies
- sharing the school hall to eat lunch
- playing together on the playground
- collaborative learning with other year groups or classes
- school visits
This also means that we no longer have the need to separate parents at collection and drop off times, so all pupils will enter via the playground gate (with the exception of Nursery who will continue to use the Nursery Entrance.)
We will continue to insist on good hand hygiene, respiratory hygiene, and classroom cleanliness as a way to mitigate any potential spread of the virus. This will mean:
- asking children to wash or sanitise their hands regularly
- opening windows and using ventilation systems to ensure good airflow
- cleaning classrooms surfaces and touchpoints twice daily
The biggest risk of an outbreak in school is transmission from a pupil, therefore you must keep your child at home if they are displaying any symptoms.
When should my child self-isolate or miss school?
If we do experience increasing cases of Covid 19 within the school community, the school is no longer required to carry out testing and tracing. This is now carried out exclusively by NHS Track and Trace, who will ask the family to help identify close contacts (though they may also ask the school to support in identifying close contacts.)
The following plans will be enacted in these different scenarios:
Number of Cases:
A single child tests Positive
5 children or staff within a year group test positive within 10 days of each other.
3 children or staff in a single Class/ Club
within 10 days.
Covid cases continue to increase rapidly within a 10 day period.
I hope that this information helps you to understand the precautions that we continue to take. As we come out of this pandemic, we are adhering to all government guidance. We will inform you of any changes to our Covid-19 measures should these be needed at Springhead Park Primary School.
Thank you for your continued support.