I hope that you have all had a lovely half term and have been able to enjoy some sunshine over the past couple of days after the rather more interesting weather of earlier in the week!
As you may be aware, on Thursday 24 February, the government removed remaining domestic restrictions in England. This includes some changes for schools including the removal of testing for pupils and staff without symptoms and the removal of the legal requirement for people to self-isolate following a positive test.
However, the public health advice remains that if you or your child has any of the main symptoms of Covid-19, or a positive test result, you should stay at home and avoid contact with other people. This helps reduce the chance of passing Covid-19 on to others. The advice remains as previous – that children should stay away from school for 5 full days and may return after this if they obtain two negative lateral flow tests on consecutive days (24 hours apart) or after the full 10 days.
Furthermore, it is no longer advised that close contacts need to test daily for 7 days. However, the school may be advised by our local health protection team to recommend resuming testing to manage an outbreak.
If your child tested positive during the holidays, please inform me via: firstname.lastname@example.org so that we are able to maintain our records and consider whether additional measures need to be implemented. Thank you to the families who have done this over the past week.
Please be reassured that we will continue to observe good hand hygiene, additional cleaning regimes, ventilation requirements and other measures to manage the risk of transmission.
As always, should you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow!