Coronavirus Advice

Government changes to self-isolation

There is no longer a legal requirement for people with coronavirus (COVID-19) infection to self-isolate, however if you have any of the symptoms of COVID-19 or a positive test result, the public health advice is to stay at home and avoid contact with other people. If you have symptoms of Covid-19 the guidance is that you should take a PCR test.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-people-with-covid-19-and-their-contacts

Although the Government have removed the legal requirement to self-isolate following a positive test, or if a child/ staff member is displaying symptoms of Covid, the main DFE schools’ guidance, and the UKHSA guidance make the following points about schools and children:

“Children and young people with COVID-19 should not attend their education setting while they are infectious. They should take an LFD test from 5 days after their symptoms started (or the day their test was taken if they did not have symptoms) followed by another one the next day. If both these test results are negative, they should return to their educational setting if they normally attend one, as long as they feel well enough to do so and do not have a temperature. They should follow the guidance for their educational setting.”

“Children and young people who usually attend an education or childcare setting and who live with someone who has COVID-19 should continue to attend the setting as normal.”

Keeping the learning journey going

We will ensure your child has access to their learning. Your child’s teacher will direct them to work to complete online, which may be in the form of online lessons mainly on Sharepoint. If you are unsure of the work to complete, please email your child’s teacher for each subject. 

Testing
In line with the recommendation of Cheshire East Public Health, we continue to advise twice weekly testing for all staff and for pupils in Y7 and above for the first 2 weeks of this half term. This will allow the gradual phasing out of routine testing and allow schools to establish their new systems for dealing with cases. The reason for this advice is that the current rate of cases in Cheshire East, although significantly lower than in recent weeks, is still the highest in the area and is above the regional and national rate and so by identifying asymptomatic cases we can reduce the impact on staffing which has previously led to groups having to move to remote learning.

 

All staff and pupils are advised to take a lateral flow test before returning to school after half term and this advice remains.

As free testing will remain available until April 1st, we believe this should be sustainable for any child/ staff member displaying symptoms and appreciate your support in this approach.

Thank you for your continued support in helping to keep our school community as safe as we can in these difficult times

 

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