Important information about returning to school after the Christmas Break
Happy New Year!
I hope you have all had a lovely Christmas break and that you managed to spend some time with your loved ones.
We are looking forward to welcoming all of our pupils back to school on Wednesday 5th January but unfortunately, we are not going to have the start to 2022 which we had all hoped for. Rates of Covid-19 remain high and continue to rise across the country.
Here is the latest guidance received from the DfE on Sunday 2nd January.
- In most cases the 10 day self-isolation period for children who have a positive COVID-19 test can be reduced to 7 days if they have negative LFD (lateral flow) tests on day 6 and day 7. This means that children can return to school on day 8 if both these test results are negative, and the person does not have a high temperature.
- Anyone who is unable to take LFD tests will need to complete the full 10 day period of self-isolation.
- All close contacts are advised to access a PCR test. They can continue to attend school while waiting for the PCR result as long as they do not have symptoms of Covid-19
- Children aged between 5 and 18 years and 6 months, identified as a close contact of someone with COVID-19, should take an LFD (Lateral Flow) test every day for seven days and continue to attend school as normal, unless they have a positive test result or develop symptoms at any time.
- Children under 5 are not being advised to take part in daily testing of close contacts.
- Fully vaccinated adults, are no longer required to self-isolate if they live in the same household as someone with COVID-19, or are a close contact of someone with COVID-19.
All other protective measures which we put in place at the beginning of the year will remain until further notice.
Click on the link to find out more information on what to expect when schools, colleges, universities and early years settings return after the Christmas break https://educationhub.blog.gov.uk/2022/01/03/what-to-expect-when-schools-colleges-universities-and-early-years-settings-return-after-the-christmas-break/
If your child has tested positive for Covid-19 over the Christmas holiday or has Covid-19 then please remember to report it to firstname.lastname@example.org
I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very prosperous New Year and I look forward to seeing all of our pupils on Wednesday 5th January.