Step 4 Update - 19 July 2021
We have received updated Government guidance for ‘Step 4’. Although this means that we can lift Covid restrictions in school, as I said in last week’s newsletter, we will not be changing our practice for the final three days of term. In the light of increasing numbers of positive cases locally, this would seem to be the most prudent course of action.
In line with the new guidance, children displaying the onset of symptoms, awaiting a test result or testing positive must still self-isolate immediately along with their household and inform school. This will enable school to maintain an overview of the situation. The difference in the new guidance is that from today, the responsibility for contact tracing moves from schools to ‘NHS Test and Trace’. Should we have a positive case over the next three days, we will consider what is the most appropriate action to take in that specific situation with the safety of children and staff in mind.
Our decisions will also be based on our ability to cater for any further disruption. We are currently operating with increasing numbers of staff absence because they are needing to self-isolate either because they, or their own children, have been identified as a close contact or due to positive cases in their own household.
For further information on the new guidance, please see documents attached. Please note that guidance about self-isolation is planned to be changing from 16th August. (See documents attached).