We are looking forward to welcoming pupils back into school tomorrow. We reviewed our Covid procedures as a staff this morning once again, to ensure that the measures we have in place keep the safety of the whole Crayke community at its heart.
We face an uncertain term ahead but I am confident that we will approach it as we always have done – with integrity, honesty, teamwork and positivity.
You may have seen on the news in recent days that face coverings are required to be worn by pupils at secondary school. This is not the case for children at primary school. Staff were wearing face coverings in corridors, communal areas and in the dining hall at the end of last term. We will continue to do so this term.
Daily testing for close contacts of COVID-19 – DfE update
People who are fully vaccinated, or children and young people aged between 5 and 18 years and 6 months, identified as a close contact of someone with COVID-19, should take an LFD test every day for seven days and continue to attend their setting 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. If a child under 5 is a contact of a confirmed case, they are not required to self-isolate and should not start daily testing. If they live in the same household as someone with COVID-19 they should limit their contact with anyone who is at higher risk of severe illness if infected with COVID-19, and arrange to take a PCR test as soon as possible. They can continue to attend school while waiting for the PCR result. If the test is positive, they should follow the stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed COVID-19 infection.
We will continue to ensure that we communicate with you regularly in the event of any Covid outbreaks within our school community. This may take the form of a “warn and inform” letter or a “likely close contact letter” which will contain important information and recommendations. In the event of a rise in cases, it may be necessary to implement enhanced measures within our school community. We will keep you informed of these.
Please be assured that our priority remains face to face education for all our children and we will do our absolute utmost to ensure this. However, we are unsure of what the coming weeks hold. We appreciate your ongoing support by reading the information sent from school and adhering to our protocols.
Full guidance for parents and carers is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/what-parents-and-carers-need-to-know-about-early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak/step-4-update-what-parents-and-carers-need-to-know-about-early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges
As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
With best wishes
Judi Jackson firstname.lastname@example.org