Today I have been notified of 2 staff members having positive Covid cases: one in Nursery 1 and one in Reception Class; they will return to work next week at the earliest. Please monitor your child for any signs of unwellness or Covid symptoms.
In light of the the government changes to Covid regulations taking effect from tomorrow, here is the detail of our practice from tomorrow:
- Self-isolation in the event of a positive case is no longer a legal requirement.
- Adults and children who test positive will continue to be advised to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for at least 5 full days and then continue to follow the guidance until they have received 2 negative test results on consecutive days.
- Fully vaccinated close contacts and those aged under 18 will no longer need to test daily for 7 days
- Close contacts who are not fully vaccinated will no longer have to self-isolate.
This means that:
- Children/Staff should attend if they are well
- Children/Students should stay at home if they are unwell – we will refuse entry to those that are symptomatic or are clearly unwell.
- If a child becomes unwell during the school day, as we do, parents would be requested to take the child home until they are well enough to return.
- If a child/staff member has COVID-19 symptoms and undertakes a PCR test, they should stay at home and avoid contact with other people. If they test positive then they will not attend Ash Grange for 5 days or until they are well, if they require longer.
- If a family member is unwell, but the child is not, the child can still attend nursery/school.
- We will keep spaces well ventilated
- Children and staff can choose to wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces, especially where coming into contact with people you do not usually meet and when rates of transmission are high
- All will continue to follow the advice of washing hands and “Catch it, Bin it, Kill it”