Before the summer holidays we wrote to you outlining the steps that the Department for Education (DfE) had advised education and childcare settings to take to move to step 4 of a full reopening.
Some key points from this included:
Bubbles will not need to be used in schools from the autumn term.
As with positive cases in any other setting, NHS Test and Trace will work with the positive case to identify close contacts. Contacts from a school setting will only be traced by NHS Test and Trace where the positive case specifically identifies the individual as being a close contact. Instead, children 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.
Staff will continue to take regular tests twice weekly.
Face coverings will no longer be mandatory for staff and visitors either in rooms or in communal areas.
Continuation of good hygiene practices and ventilation in classes etc.
In respond to the new guidance, we have reviewed our Covid-19 policy. Please click hereto view it.