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Omicron variant - updated information

Omicron - latest information for January 2022

As a result of the measures announced by the UK Government in response to the latest COVID-19 variant (Omicron), I wanted to inform you of the controls we have put in place as a precaution to slow down the spread of this variant while more information is gathered.

 

Face Coverings

In line with guidance released by the UK Government, face coverings must be worn when entering the school, unless you have a medical exemption.  Staff will wear face coverings in communal areas.,

 

Outside the school buildings

We ask that you continue to keep your distance from others and wear a mask to reduce the chances of spreading infection, especially at the start and end of the school day

 

Hygiene

Enhanced cleaning and hygiene controls within the school will continue

 

Lateral Flow Testing (LFT)

Our staff will continue to take a Lateral Flow Test twice a week, if a test is positive they will self-isolate and take a PCR test, if positive Test and Trace will be informed, the school will follow their instruction (if any) and that of the UK Security and Health Agency (UKSHA)

 

Enhanced ventilation

Classrooms and other work spaces will be well ventilated and the school now has government funded CO2 monitors so that levels of ventilation can be monitored.  This will mean that classrooms will be cooler than usual so please make sure your child is wearing layers to keep warm.

 

Symptoms

We have a clear process for  any pupils or staff showing symptoms so that they are isolated straight away and then sent home to book a PCR.

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Contact Tracing and Isolation Government Guidance

If your child has COVID-19 symptoms they should stay at home and self-isolate immediately. You should arrange a PCR test as soon as possible. If this PCR test result is positive, they must continue to self-isolate.

If your child does not have COVID-19 symptoms, but they have a positive PCR test result, they must stay at home and self-isolate.

If you live in the same household as someone with COVID-19, you must stay at home and self-isolate if you are not fully vaccinated or if they have been identified as a suspected or confirmed case of the Omicron variant of COVID-19.

If you live in the same household as someone with COVID-19 that has not been identified as a suspected or confirmed case of the Omicron variant, and you are fully vaccinated or aged under 18 years and 6 months, you are not required to self-isolate.

You may be entitled to a one-off payment of £500 through the NHS Test and Trace Support Payment scheme if you are required to stay at home and self-isolate or you are the parent or guardian of a child who has been told to self-isolate.

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