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COVID-19 Protocols: January 2022 (Updated)

Our risk assessment can be viewed at the bottom of this page.   

 

Twice weekly testing at home continues

It is important to continue regular twice weekly, at-home testing for all staff and students.

We will send reminders to students to test on Sunday and Thursday each week.  Kits may be collected from school hall. 

Even if someone has tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 90 days, they are strongly encouraged to take part in LFD testing on-site and at home once they have completed their isolation period for their prior infection.

If you are unable to test at home, facility will be provided in school to do so, please email office@denmarkroad.org to arrange this.

Students who receive a positive LFD or PCR test will be expected to engage with NHS Test and Trace to identify close contacts.  

Please log your home testing result with test and trace as normal. We do not require proof of negative result for you to return to site, but of course would wish to know if the test is positive. 

 

 

Testing Positive 

From 11 January, people who receive positive lateral flow device (LFD) test results for coronavirus (COVID-19) will be required to self-isolate immediately and won’t be required to take a confirmatory PCR test.  This is a temporary measure while COVID-19 rates remain high across the UK. Whilst levels of COVID-19 are high, the vast majority of people with positive LFD results can be confident that they have COVID-19.

Under this new approach, anyone who receives a positive LFD test result should report their result on GOV.UK and must self-isolate immediately but will not need to take a follow-up PCR test.  After reporting a positive LFD test result, they will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace so that their contacts can be traced and must continue to self-isolate.

Please inform the school using the usual absence procedures, namely to contact absence@denmarkroad.org. You will need to inform the school of the following:

- Date of first symptoms (if symptomatic)

- Date and result of LFD

- Date and result of PCR (if applicable)

 

 

Reduced Self Isolation (Reporting Day 5 and Day 6 Tests) - Updated 17 January 2022

In line with the reduced self-isolation approach announced on 13 January, anyone who tests positive will be able to leave self-isolation after 5 full days if they receive two negative LFD results, 24 hours apart, on days 5 and 6 and do not have a temperature.   

Individuals who are still positive on their rapid lateral flow tests must stay in isolation until they have had 2 consecutive negative tests taken on separate days

If a student has negative tests on Day 5 and Day 6 they can return to school on Day 6.  Tests should be reported on GOV.UK and to the school using our simple Medical Tracker form here:  Medical Tracker.  This takes less than 60 seconds and instructions for submitting the results are at the bottom of this page.

 

 

Face coverings to be worn in classroom and communal spaces

Face coverings help protect the wearer and others against the spread of infection because they cover the nose and mouth, which are the main confirmed sources of transmission of COVID-19.

From January 4th, government guidance has changed on face covering in secondary schools.  It is now recommended that face coverings should be worn in classrooms in addition to communal areas and corridors.  

This does not apply in situations where wearing a face covering would impact on the ability to take part in exercise or strenuous activity, for example in PE lessons. 

Spare face coverings will be available in classrooms if students do not have access to one.  

Students must also wear a face covering when travelling on public transport and should wear it on dedicated transport to and from school.

Face coverings do not need to be worn outside.  

 

People who are not able to wear a face covering:

In relation to education settings, this includes (but is not limited to):

  • people who cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability
  • people for whom putting on, wearing or removing a face covering will cause severe distress
  • people speaking to or providing assistance to someone who relies on lip reading, clear sound or facial expressions to communicate
  • to avoid the risk of harm or injury to yourself or others
  • you are also permitted to remove a face covering in order to take medication.

 

 

Close contacts

Please be advised of the following change to government guidance regarding what we should all do in case of close contact.

 

Daily testing for contacts of COVID-19

All adults who are fully vaccinated and children aged 5 to 18 years and 6 months, identified as a contact of someone with COVID-19  should take a lateral flow device (LFD) test every day for 7 days.  Daily testing by close contacts will help protect education settings by reducing transmission and will also help keep pupils in face-to-face education.

Once notified by NHS Test and Trace as a close contact, all eligible staff and students should take an LFD each day for 7 days and report the results through the NHS Online Reporting System and to the school.

Please report your daily result to the school by submitting the LFD result here:   Medical Tracker

This is a simple process which should take less than 60 seconds.  A helpsheet is attached to the bottom of the page if needed.  

 

If they test negative, they can continue to attend their education setting. Outside of the education setting, they should continue to follow the advice set out in the Sunday 12 December press release

From 11 January 2022, If they test positive, they should self-isolate and do not need to get a confirmation PCR test. They will need to self-isolate for 10 days.  This can be reduced to 7 days with negative LFD tests on Day 6 and Day 7.  

All staff and secondary aged pupils and students should have access to a box of seven LFD tests from the school. Staff and students may collect these from the Main Hall.  Should we run out, LFD test kits are available through the usual routes (community test sites, local pharmacies or supermarkets).

Anyone over the age of 18 years and 6 months who is not vaccinated, must isolate in line with government guidelines if they are identified as a close contact of a positive case. 

For students with SEND who struggle to or are unable to self-swab daily for 7 days, we will work with students and their families to agree an appropriate testing route, such as assisted swabbing.

 

 

Students who develop symptoms whilst on site

Parents/carers will be asked to collect their child who will be required to obtain a confirmatory PCR and self isolate in accordance with government guidance.

Government guidance requests that people isolate if they have symptoms of Covid-19, pending confirmation from testing. Should students not consent to test, but have a high temperature, new continuous cough or loss or change to sense of smell or taste then they are required to isolate for a period of ten days from first symptoms.

 

 

Uniform

Uniform continues as the normal Autumn/Winter uniform including ties and blazers. As the school will be ventilated and therefore cooler than usual, students may wear a school jumper of their school hoody beneath their blazer.

We will keep the provision that students who have PE should wear their kit to school that day (rather than change on site). We will inform you should our guidance change.

We understand due to the pandemic there are some uniform shortages and therefore ask if you have issues getting uniform you follow the uniform as closely as possible.   Issues are most present with PE kit - if not able to source please wear white or navy t-shirt,  navy or black leggings and navy or black hoody.  

 

 

Classrooms

All areas will be kept ventilated.  Hands should still be regularly washed and sanitised.  With the relaxation of social distancing guidelines in the workplace staff will be able to move more freely around the classroom as appropriate.  

Classroom layout will no longer be required to be in rows, but we will have set seating charts for each lesson.  

 

 

One way system

The one-way system for movement around the school and main building will remain in place and details can be seen here.

 

 

Remember: Don't come to school with symptoms

The main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a 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

However, the omicron variant has also been associated with other symptoms such as headaches and cold like feelings including runny nose and sore throat.   Even though we are all keen to return to school you should not come to school if you feel unwell or have any of these symptoms. Please isolate and get a PCR test, or isolate for 10 days should your child not consent to test.

 

 

Thank you for your continued support in keeping our community safe.