Government advice on contact tracing and self isolation changed on 16 August 2021. This is the latest guidance for our school.
Before you come to school each day
- Continue to follow good hygiene procedures and make sure your child washes their hands thoroughly for 20 seconds with soap and water before leaving the house
- Your child should not attend school if they have any symptoms of COVID-19 - a high temperature, a new continuous cough or if they experience loss or change to their sense of taste or smell
- Please make sure your child brings their own clean water bottle each day
- Please make sure they are appropriately dressed - increased ventilation may mean they need an additional layer of clothing during colder months, eg long sleeve vest, long trousers or tights.
- If your child is symptomatic, or tests positive on a LFD at home, they must isolate and you must book them a confirmatory PCR test
- In school any pupil or staff member showing symptoms will be sent home and asked to book a PCR test
- Other household members do not need to isolate while waiting for this result
- If the individual tests negative, they can return to school as long as they feel well
- NHS Test and Trace will confirm how long the individual needs to isolate for and take responsibility for tracing their close contacts. Please be aware we cannot pass individual contact details onto parents due to data protection, but we can supply them to Test and Trace if they ask
- Please let school know all test results immediately
- Contact tracing will not take place in school, unless there is an outbreak and different advice is given by Bradford Public Health England
- Adults who have received 2 vaccinations and children up to the age of 18 years and 6 months no longer have to isolate if they are identified as a close contact. Instead they are strongly advised to get a PCR test
- Adults who are unable to be vaccinated due to medical reasons do not have to isolate if they are identified as a close contact. Instead they are strongly advised to get a PCR test
- Children under the age of 5 who are identified as a close contact will only be advised to get a PCR test if the positive case is in their own household
- You should not however arrange to have a PCR test if you have previously received a positive PCR test result in the last 90 days unless you develop any new symptoms of COVID-19. This is because it is possible for PCR tests to remain positive for some time after COVID-19 infection.
What are we doing in school?
- Maintaining enhanced hygiene. Children and staff will wash hands and/or use hand sanitiser regularly throughout the day, in accordance with current government guidelines. Lidded bins and tissues are provided throughout school.
- Maintaining enhanced cleaning. Additional cleaning will take place throughout the day and our cleaning contractors will ensure high frequency touch areas are thoroughly cleaned each day alongside their normal regime
- Shared resources and IT equipment will be regularly cleaned. Soft toys, blankets or furnishings will be sprayed and/or machine washed at 60 degrees on a regular basis
- Surfaces will continue to be kept clutter-free in order to facilitate cleaning
- We will continue to maintain ventilation throughout school through the use of window openings, trickle vents, open doors. Classrooms will be fully purged of air during lunchtimes and breaktimes
- We are participating in a Department for Health and Social Care sponsored study to monitor air quality. This involves the installation of HEPA filtration systems in each classroom and the staffroom
- We will maintain our capacity to deliver remote education as required
- Children who need to self isolate but who are well enough to learn will be provided with remote education
- Children who are unable to attend school due to travel restrictions or quarantine rules due to overseas travel will be provided with remote education