FAQ's for parents on COVID-19
These are the national guidelines which as a school we will follow:
- This new guidance comes into effect immediately from Tuesday 04 January 2022 and will be reviewed on Wednesday 26 January 2022. We have been overwhelmed by the continuing levels of support that we have received from students and their families during these very challenging times for everyone. It has really helped us to keep our community as safe as we can be. Wearing a mask is an easily implementable and effective mitigation that will hopefully help us in this period after Christmas. Please provide your child with a mask for school. We do have limited stocks and can provide masks when children have forgotten them but it is crucial that our students take responsibility for bringing a mask to school.
- If we have a positive student case, the parent/carer will notify the school but any requirement for track and tracing will be carried out by NHS track and trace
- Those that are fully vaccinated, or children and young people aged between 5 and 18 years and 6 months should take a LFD test every day for seven days and continue to attend school as normal, unless they have a positive test result or develop symptoms at any time. The school does not identify or track and trace close contacts. Only NHS track and trace can do this.
Since Wednesday 22 December, the 10-day self-isolation period for people who record a positive PCR test result for COVID-19 has been reduced to 7 days in most circumstances, unless you cannot test for any reason.
Individuals may now take LFD tests on day 6 and day 7 of their self-isolation period. Those 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. This also applies to children under 5, with LFD testing at parental or guardian discretion. If both these test results are negative, and you do not have a high temperature, you may end your self-isolation after the second negative test result and return to school on day 8.
We would encourage as many families as possible to undertake twice weekly tests. They have proved very effective in helping us to identify cases We encourage those already doing lateral flow tests to continue doing them twice weekly to help identify possible cases early and hopefully reduce the spread of the virus. It is best to undertake these tests in the morning prior to coming to school perhaps on a Monday and Wednesday. Please upload your results to the government website whether positive or negative. The link can be found here https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result. If you have not already consented to Lateral Flow Test and would now like to please contact email@example.com
What to do if your 12-15 year-old child missed their appointment at school to receive their Covid vaccination
If for any reason your child missed the opportunity to receive their vaccination at school, or were declined their vaccination because they tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 12 weeks, you have the following alternative options. You will need to accompany your child to any venues offering the vaccination to give consent:
Booking vaccination appointments online
You can book your child's 1st dose online from the day they turn 12. You can usually book their 2nd dose from 24 hours after they had their 1st dose. You'll be offered appointment dates from 12 weeks after their 1st dose. Book a COVID-19 vaccination appointment
Getting the vaccine at a walk-in vaccination site
Your child can get a 1st dose at a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination site from the day they turn 12. They can get a 2nd dose if it's been 12 weeks since their 1st dose. Find a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination site