COVID-19

What you need to do:

There are three simple actions we must all do to keep on protecting each other

  • Wash hands – keep washing your hands regularly
  • Cover face – wear a face covering in enclosed spaces
  • Make space – stay at least 2 metres apart – or 1 metre with a face covering or other precautions

 

Return to School – September 2021

Pupils all over the country are beginning to return to schools and colleges after their summer breaks. For many pupils they will be returning with far fewer restrictions than when they left for the summer holidays.

Now that there are fewer restrictions, pupils will be able to experience a fuller education experience, including, access to more group activities, team sports, playing with friends, plays, and taking part in musical groups.

Here’s what you need to know on going back to school.

There are three key changes:

1. Mixing and ‘bubbles’

Keeping pupils or students in year group or classroom bubbles to reduce mixing is no longer a requirement.

2. Tracing close contacts

Close contacts will now be identified via NHS Test and Trace. Education settings are no longer expected to undertake contact tracing.

3. Face coverings

Face coverings are no longer advised for pupils, staff and visitors either in classrooms or in communal areas.

So, what will stay the same?

Coronavirus hasn’t gone away so there will still be a need for schools, pupils and students to follow basic measures to avoid the spread of the virus:

  1. Testing remains important in reducing the risk of transmission of infection within schools.
  2. Ensuring good hygiene including frequent and thorough hand cleaning and the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach.
  3. Maintaining appropriate cleaning regimes.
  4. Keeping occupied spaces well ventilated.
  5. Following public health advice on testing, self-isolation and managing confirmed cases of COVID-19.

What if someone tests positive or has symptoms? Do they need to isolate?

Self-isolate straight away and get a PCR test (a test that is sent to the lab) on GOV.UK as soon as possible if you have any of these 3 symptoms of COVID-19, even if they are mild:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.

You should also self-isolate straight away if:

  • you’ve tested positive for COVID-19 either according to a PCR test or a lateral flow device test – this means you have the virus. If you get a positive LFD test you should book a PCR test. A negative PCR test will override a positive LFD test.
  • someone you live with has symptoms or tested positive (unless you are not required to self-isolate – see below if this applies to you)
  • you’ve been told to self-isolate following contact with someone who tested positive – find out what to do if you’re told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace or the NHS COVID-19 app.

Pupils should only self-isolate if they have symptoms or if they get a positive PCR or Lateral Flow Device (LFD) test.

If they develop symptoms or get a positive LFD test they should book a PCR test. A positive PCR test cannot be overridden. If a pupil is asked to get a PCR test as a result of contact with a positive case they may continue to attend education until they get the result of their PCR back.

And what will happen for people who have been in contact with positive cases?

Individuals are not required to self-isolate if they live in the same household as someone with COVID-19, or are a close contact of someone with COVID-19, and any of the following apply:

  • they are fully vaccinated
  • they are below the age of 18 years and 6 months
  • they have taken part in or are currently part of an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial
  • they are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons.

Instead, they will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace, informed they have been in close contact with a positive case and advised to take a

PCR test. They do not need to isolate while awaiting the PCR test. We would encourage all individuals to take a PCR test if advised to do so.

Staff who do not need to isolate, and children and young people aged under 18 years 6 months who usually attend school, and have been identified as a close contact, should continue to attend school as normal.

If none of the above applies, people should self-isolate as per the instructions from NHS Test and Trace.

 

The documents below give information about the new rules in place due to covid from September 2021. Please click ‘OPEN’ on the documents below for information including home testing, public transport and information from the DfE including FAQ’s for parents and carers.

Documents

DfE - Returning to School

September 2021

Orient Gene Rapid Covid LFD Testing Leaflet

September 2021

Back to Primary School Toolkit

September 2021

Transport for Greater Manchester

Return to school - September 2021

The Delta Variant in Greater Manchester

Documents

Information from Public Health Manchester on the Delta Variant

Wider Symptoms of the Delta Variant

Guidance on how to isolate

Documents

Stay at Home Guidance

For households with possible or confirmed Cornavirus infection

Isolation Guidance

Documents

Important Information for Visitors during COVID-19

Handwashing advice

It is essential that everyone washes their hands more often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hand washing with soap employs mechanical action that loosens bacteria and viruses from the skin, rinsing them into the drain. Drying hands afterwards makes the skin less hospitable to the virus. Hand sanitiser can be effective if soap is not available or the situation makes using soap less feasible (i.e. when outside) but using hand sanitiser provides none of the virus-destroying friction that rubbing your hands together and rinsing with water provides.

Department for Education coronavirus helpline

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours:
8am to 6pm – Monday to Friday
10am to 4pm – Saturday and Sunday

Documents

DfE Step by Step Guide

If your child is struggling with understanding Covid 19 and lockdown, one of our favourite illustrators, Axel Scheffler, illustrator of the Gruffalo, has published a free information book explaining the Coronavirus to children. Please click the image below to view:

Documents

Talking to your child about Coronavirus

Coronavirus Easy Read

Coronavirus Support Sheets

Useful Links

We are sure many of you will know of the TV show, Get Well Soon with Dr Ranj, on CBeebies. They have launched a new episode to explain Coronavirus and they sing a song about washing hands which you can view here

Information for parents from the government regarding the closure of educational settings can be found  here

Government guidance on supporting your children’s education can be viewed here

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