COVID-19: January 2022 Measures for School Reopening
Unfortunately, COVID-19 infection rates in the community are high and the Omicron variant is spreading rapidly. It is important that we all take steps to reduce the spread of COVID-19 infection to keep school operating safely and effectively.
Our reviewed and updated COVID-19 Risk Assessment and COVID-19 Outbreak Management Plan are below, but the main information you need to know to help keep everyone safe is summarised below.
All measures are in line with the most recent and updated government guidance for schools which was published in December along with further amendments made today.
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- Parents and visitors into the school building should wear face masks to help reduce the spread of the virus.
- Parents and visitors to school are asked to take a lateral flow test on the day of their visit and confirm a negative result before entering the school building.
- Parents and visitors do not need to wear a face mask on the school playground, but doing so will help reduce the potential spread of infection. Please do so when you can.
- Parents, carers and other adults living with children who attend school should complete regular lateral flow tests at home. Pick up tests from a pharmacy or order online. There is no need for primary age pupils to regularly test, unless they have been identified as a contact for someone who has tested positive for Covid-19.
Changes to the self-isolation period for those who test positive for COVID-19
From Monday 17 January, people (children and adults) who are self-isolating with COVID-19 will have the option to reduce their isolation period after 5 full days if they test negative with a lateral flow device (LFD) test on both day 5 and day 6 and they do not have a temperature. For example, if they test negative on the morning of day 5 and the morning of day 6, they can return to their education or childcare setting immediately on day 6.
The first test must be taken no earlier than day 5 of the self-isolation period, and the second must be taken the following day. All test results should be reported to NHS Test and Trace.If the result of either of their tests is positive, they should continue to self-isolate until they get negative results from two LFD tests on consecutive days or until they have completed 10 full days of self-isolation, whichever is earliest. Anyone who continues to have a temperature will need to complete the full 10 day period of self-isolation.
- Children aged 5 or over and fully vaccinated adults who are contacts of someone with COVID-19 do not need to self-isolate and can attend school. However, they should complete a lateral flow test each morning for seven days from the date of contact. If they have any symptoms of COVID-19 at all, they should begin self-isolation and get a PCR test to confirm. This includes the siblings of a child who has a positive PCR test result.
- Confirmatory PCR testing
From 11 January, as a temporary measure, asymptomatic individuals who receive positive LFT test results will be required to self-isolate immediately and are not required to take a confirmatory PCR test.
Anyone who develops 1 of the 3 main symptoms should continue to isolate and take a PCR test.
- Adults who are not fully vaccinated must self-isolate for 10 days if they are a contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19.
- Children under 5 years are exempt from self-isolation and do not need to take part in daily testing of close contacts.
- Practise good hand and respiratory hygiene at home and before coming to school.
- Be vigilant to the signs and symptoms of COVID-19
- new continuous cough and/or
- fever (temperature of 37.8°C or higher)
- loss of or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)
- Adults, children and young people who were previously identified as being clinically vulnerable or clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) should attend school and should follow the same COVID-19 guidance as the rest of the population.
- If a child is self-isolating, but in parents’ opinion is well enough to complete some school work then this can be arranged by contacting school.
- If there is a substantial increase in the number of positive cases in school, or school is in an enhanced response area, then further additional control measures will be temporarily introduced.
We want all children to attend school, but if you are in any doubt about how well they are, give the school office a call and we are happy to discuss your concerns with you in relation to the current government guidance.
For additional information, you can read the government guidance for parents: