New COVID guidance for schools in September and how they will work.
There is a lot of information so please ensure you understand everything it contains and contact us for further information if necessary.
The Government has stated that it is now safe for the country to move to Step 4.
Schools only need to be involved with contact tracing up until 19 July 2021. This does not mean that children no longer need to isolate. From that date NHS Test and Trace and education settings will no longer be expected to undertake contact tracing. As with positive cases in any other setting, NHS Test and Trace will work with the positive case to identify close contacts. Contacts from a school setting will only be traced by NHS Test and Trace where the positive case specifically identifies the individual as being a close contact. This is likely to be a small number of individuals who would be most at risk of contracting COVID-19 due to the nature of the close contact. From 16 August 2021, children under the age of 18 years old will no longer be required to self-isolate if they are contacted by NHS Test and Trace as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case. Instead, children will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace, informed they have been in close contact with a positive case and advised and encouraged to take a PCR test. Up to 19 July If your child starts with symptoms and then tests positive before midnight on Sunday 18 July 2021 please contact school on enquiries@deepcar- st-johns.sheffield.sch.uk and email@example.com . This means that a bubble may still close at this point and your child/ bubble will need to isolate.
September COVID Guidelines
Schools need to ensure the following measures are implemented and maintained;
1) Ensure good hygiene for everyone.
Frequent and thorough hand cleaning should now be regular practice. Schools should continue to ensure that pupils clean their hands regularly. This can be done with soap and water or hand sanitiser. Respiratory hygiene - The ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach continues to be very important.
2) Maintain appropriate cleaning regimes.
Schools must maintain appropriate cleaning regimes. This should include regular cleaning of areas and equipment (for example, twice per day), with a particular focus on frequently touched surfaces.
3) Keep occupied spaces well ventilated.
4) Follow public health advice on testing, self-isolation and managing confirmed cases of COVID-19.
When an individual develops COVID-19 symptoms or has a positive test, pupils, staff and other adults should follow public health advice on when to self-isolate and what o do. They should not come into school if they have symptoms, have had a positive test result or other reasons requiring them to stay at home due to the risk of them passing on COVID-19. If anyone in your school develops COVID-19 symptoms, however mild, you should send them home and they should follow public health advice.
RETURN TO SCHOOL IN SEPTEMBER
In Step 4 of Government plans, schools no longer need to operate bubbles but they could be reinstated in the case of a breakout at the school. This means that many changes due to COVID guidance will return back to the norm.
Start and End Times
We have found the staggered start and end times beneficial from a safety point of view and parking. It has not hindered the education of children so we plan to keep staggered start times. Children will all enter through the main gate and go either through the Y3 gate or the Y6 gate depending on where their classroom is situated. The gate between Royd Nursery Infant and Deepcar St John’s will be reopened.
Year Group Start Time End time
Year 3 8.50am – 8.55am 3.20pm
Year 4 8.40am – 8.45am 3.15pm
Year 5 8.40am – 8.45am 3.15pm
Year 6 8.50am – 8.55am 3.20pm
If you need to ask a question or discuss something with school or the teacher, we would ask that you make contact in the first instance by phone or email. Any messages will be passed on to teachers at the beginning of the day. Illness Please do not send your child to school if they are displaying COVID-19 symptoms. They will still need to get a PCR test. Parents/carers need to work with Track and Trace and follow all guidance. Should a pupil develop a persistent cough and/or a temperature whilst at school, they will be isolated until a parent/carer is able to collect them.
Please ensure your child wears named, clean uniform everyday.
Currently no guidance has been issued on changing into PE kit in school so school is presuming that the children will need to bring their PE kit into school on their PE days
and get changed at school.
Whole school assemblies will return.
After school clubs
After school clubs will continue and are open to all children.