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Latest COVID-19 Updates

Whilst almost all legal restrictions on social distancing and mixing have been lifted, the coronavirus has not gone away. We are looking forward to a much more normal year during 2021-22 without having pupils in 'bubbles' and not having to send pupils home. However, we must still guard against COVID-19 and continue to take some precautions. 

COVID-19 SYMPTOMS

  • You MUST NOT come to school if you have symptoms of COVID-19, even if they are mild.

  • You must arrange for a PCR test and remain at home. DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL WHILE YOU WAIT FOR YOUR TEST RESULT.

Main symptoms

The main symptoms of coronavirus are: 

  • high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature) 
  • new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual) 
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal 

For more information please read: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/ 

The NHS has provided a symptoms checker at: https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19.

TESTING

All pupild and staff should continue to test at home twice weekly. These should take place on Sunday and Wednesday evenings. All pupils who have consented to testing will be tested twice at the start of the school year on the school site. After this, they should revert to home testing. 

We will supply testing kits to pupils and they are also widely available from local sites for free. 

OTHER PRECAUTIONS

  • We will continue to regular handwashing in school. All pupils should sanitise / wash their hands when entering and leaving the school, on entry to and exit from every classroom, before and after eating and after using the bathroom. 
  • Pupils must continue to practice good respiratory hygiene ("Catch it, Bin it, Kill it") and use tissues when needed. 

Facemasks

The government has removed the requirement to wear face coverings in law but expects and recommends that they are worn in enclosed and crowded spaces where you may come into contact with people you don’t normally meet. This includes public transport and dedicated transport to school or college.

Some staff and pupils may feel safer with them on during the school day and staff and pupil will be free to choose whether to wear face masks. These are particlarly advised indoors when you are likely to come into contact with people you wouldn't normally meet during the school day( for example, corridors, assemblies, etc.)