Dear parents and carers,
As you are aware, I had my update meeting with public health today. Simultaneously there was some new guidance for schools published by the Government and Public Health England.
This guidance has been put together as case rate amongst young people across the country are the highest they have ever been and there have been problems with the processing of some PCR test results. It formalises the measures that many schools (ourselves included) have already been using on the recommendation of our local Public Health advisors.
The new guidance states that children and staff should self-isolate and not come to school if:
A PCR test should always be booked in order to confirm the LFD result. However, if there is a positive LFD test and the person has symptoms, or they have repeated positive LFD tests, then the individual is presumed positive, even if this is contradicted by the PCR result.
The recommendation is that daily LFD testing take place and that parents are vigilant in looking for any symptoms. If the individual begins to show symptoms or tests positive on an LFD then they should self-isolate and take another PCR test.
This guidance is in place until further notice. We will, of course, keep you informed of any changes when they happen.
We have updated the schools COVID-19 operational guidance to reflect that we moved to Step 4 on 19 July. This includes removing the section on ‘contact tracing until Step 4’, the ‘Schools COVID-19 operational guidance (applies until Step 4)’ and ‘Annex A: health and safety risk assessment’. We have also updated sections on clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) children and CEV staff.
Updated to clarify that, from 19 July, government is removing 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.