COVID-19 Protocols (Updated April 2022)
UPDATED - 1 April - change to advice for young people to stay at home and avoid contact for three days. Updated risk assessment.
UPDATED - 24 February: Removal of legal requirement to isolate when infected and end of asymptomatic testing.
UPDATED - 20 January: Removal of requirement to wear face coverings in classrooms.
UPDATED - 17 January: Reduction in self-isolation period to five full days following negative LFD tests on Day 5 and Day 6.
UPDATED - 7 January: Updated with changes to the removal of the requirement to obtain a confirmatory PCR test following a positive LFD test.
From 1st April, children and young people and staff who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid contact with other people.
They can return to school, college or childcare when they no longer have a high temperature, and they feel well enough.
Adults with a positive COVID-19 test result should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days, which is when they are most infectious. For children and young people aged 18 and under, the advice is to isolate for 3 days.
If infected, please inform the school using the usual absence procedures, namely to contact email@example.com.
The NHS has recently updated the main symptoms for COVID-19.
Symptoms of COVID-19 can include:
- a high temperature or shivering (chills) – a high temperature 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
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
- shortness of breath
- feeling tired or exhausted
- an aching body
- a headache
- a sore throat
- a blocked or runny nose
- loss of appetite
- feeling sick or being sick
The symptoms are very similar to symptoms of other illnesses, such as colds and flu.
Full details are on the NHS website here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/coronavirus-in-children/
Twice weekly testing asymptomatic testing ends.
It is no longer advised that students and staff take Lateral Flow tests twice a week without symptoms.
Our school will not be provided with further deliveries of LFD tests. Although these will continue to be available from pharmacies. However, we strongly advise students and staff to test and self-isolate test until the sixth day if positive with COVID-19.
If you are a close contact, you do not need to self-isolate and should attend school in-person. Nevertheless, you should be more careful than usual and pay close attention to any symptoms you may develop.
People who live in the same household as someone with COVID-19 are at the highest risk of becoming infected because they are most likely to have prolonged close contact. In particular, they are advised to minimise contact with the person who has COVID-19, avoid contact with higher risk individuals particularly those with a severely weakened immune system, and wear a well-fitting face covering made with multiple layers or a surgical face mask in crowded, enclosed or poorly ventilated spaces and where you are in close contact with other people.
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.
Uniform continues as normal 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.