We are aware that the current guidance around self-isolation regarding Coronavirus symptoms can be quite confusing. To help during this time, we have collated the following information to help provide some further clarity:

To ensure the school community remains safe during these times, we wanted to update you on the government guidelines and some additional measures we have put in place.

  • We ask that all staff take a lateral flow test daily and all students to take a lateral flow test twice weekly (Mondays and Wednesdays), and as always, we are happy to support this if needed.
  • We ask parents and carers to wear masks during drop off and pick up times and any times you are in the school building.
  • All visitors will wear masks within the school building, and staff will be required to wear masks in communal areas to reduce the risk of transmission.
  • Students or staff who have a member of their immediate household testing positive must get a negative PCR test before returning to school (this is subject to change following decrease in positive cases within the school) .
  • Students who have been identified as a close contact of someone outside of their immediate household should take a Lateral Flow test every day for seven days and should continue to attend school unless they have a positive test result or develop symptoms at any time.
  • Although Government Guidelines asks for secondary students to wear face masks in the classroom, we will not be enforcing this due to the nature of our student’s needs and the importance of clear communication.

Further changes to self-isolation rules have been put in place since Wednesday 22 December ,2021. The 10-day self-isolation period for students who record a positive PCR test result for COVID19 has been reduced to 7 days in most circumstances unless you cannot test for any reason.

Please see the below for further guidance.

  • Students may now take LFD tests on days 6 and 7 of their self-isolation period.
  • Students who receive two negative test results are no longer required to complete 10 full days of self-isolation.
  • The first test must be taken no earlier than day 6 of the self-isolation period, and tests must be taken 24 hours apart.
  • If both these test results are negative, and pupils do not have a high temperature, they may end their self-isolation after the second negative test result and return to school from day 8.

We will continue to monitor guidelines closely and make any changes as necessary. We do ask for your patience and understanding at this time as we have a rise in staff absences across the first weeks back to school. As always, we will put the needs of the students first and foremost to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum. Staff will also be ensuring that home-school packs will be ready for those students who may need to isolate.