Our Current COVID-19 Measures & Protocols

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Let Your Light Shine ~ Matthew 5:16

 

Living with COVD-19

I would firstly like to take the opportunity to thank you for all the support, trust and patience you have shown towards us over the past two years.   The pandemic brought about unprecedented change to our school, and overnight we have found ourselves having to plan and organise a completely different way of running our school a number of times since March 2020.

We have worked with a number of differing guidelines and regulations as we needed to provide childcare for our key workers, remote learning online, bringing back children in bubbles and more recently continuing to operate with high staff absences.

During 2022, the regulations and guidance have reduced, and from April 2022 specific guidance for schools and education settings, as well as free universal access to tests will come to an end.   Schools and settings and their associated families will be advised to follow national guidelines for anyone with symptoms.

As a school, we will continue to follow good practice regarding infection prevention and control.   We will also continue to ensure that we risk assess situations where transmission is likely and where necessary put appropriate control measures in place to allow the activity goes ahead.

As a school, we will following the guidance below:

Build up immunity

We will continue to provide information about vaccines and how these can be obtained.  

We will also continue to support NHS vaccination programmes.

Avoid infection entering school

People with symptoms of a respiratory infection, including COVID-19, and a high temperature or who feel unwell should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people, until they feel well enough to resume normal activities and they no longer have a high temperature.

Children and young people who are unwell, and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid contact with other people, where they can.   Children can come back to school, when they no longer have a high temperature, and they feel well enough to do so.

Reduce airborne transmission

Tissues will be available and promote good respiratory hygiene – ‘catch, kill, bin’

We will promote awareness of personal space; avoid activities where pupils are in close face-to-face contact.

We will continue to open windows every morning to ventilate spaces.

We will continue to use our CO2 monitors to check levels.

Wherever possible we will reduce crowding.

Avoid transmission by cleaning and sanitisation

We will wash hands thoroughly and regularly – on entry and exit from school/class, before eating and after going to the toilet.

Where sharing is unavoidable, we will continue to provide wipes and encourage cleaning between users.

We will continue to have hand sanitiser available across the school.

Limit unnecessary mixing

We will continue to review pupil movement and mixing around school and reduce wherever possible.

We will ensure maximum space and ventilation for any face-to-face staff or parent events.

We ask that you continue to advice when reporting a pupil absence of their symptoms and if a test has been taken, the outcome of this.   We will not be sending out COVID notification letters after the Easter holidays.

Episodes of Concern

Schools have been asked to inform the local authority when there is an ‘episode of concern’ in school. These are defined as:

  1. When there is a sudden increase in the level of absence and/or confirmed cases of COVID-19 in a class or group or when the absence in a class or group reaches 20%.
  2. When an adult or child is admitted to hospital and this is actually or potentially linked to an infection.
  3. When cluster of cases are affecting vulnerable individuals linked to the setting.
  4. When staff absence is high and there is a possibility that face-to-face learning cannot be maintained for all pupils.

If an ‘episode of concern’ does occur at Warmingham, we will inform you and the local authority before taking on board their advice.    As we move forward into this next stage, we are going to need to adapt so we can live with COVID-19.    I will continue to update you on any guidance changes with relation to our school setting.   Many thanks for your continued support, patience and understanding.

 

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