21st September 2021
We remain light in COVID cases compared to other schools in the locality and region. However, we have had a small number of cases over the last week.
I need to stress the importance of testing. We currently have a significant number of pupils who are not completing a saliva test every week, and we cannot see that the LFD tests are being completed in its place.
Our expectation is:
Years 7, 8, 9: Saliva Test handed in every Monday
Years 10, 11 and Sixth Form: Saliva Test handed in every Thursday
As contact tracing is no longer taking place by schools but by NHS Test and Trace, there is no longer a need to communicate with families every single case. However, I will keep you updated on a regular basis, and will let you know if we need to introduce new contingency plans if case numbers rise above Public Health England's threshold for action, which is: 5 children, pupils, students or staff, who are likely to have mixed closely, test positive for COVID-19 within a 10-day period.
We are currently below this threshold.
However, as a precaution, we are increasing our expectation of wearing face coverings around school and would encourage pupils to wear them in communal areas and in classrooms if they would like. This is not mandatory, but may become so if case numbers increase beyond the threshold. Also, they may be asked to by an adult in certain circumstances.
We have had a few pupils off with diarrhoea, which, although not one of the main symptoms of Covid-19 according to the NHS, is mentioned by the World Health Organisation as a less common symptom, so please be very aware of this and if there are any of the more common symptoms, no matter how mild, do book a PCR test.
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