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Important letter about enhanced Covid measures from 1/11/21

Please read this letter detailing the current adjustments we have made to our measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

 

1 November 2021

Dear Parents

As you will be aware, Covid-19 infection rates have significantly increased in school-aged children since the start of the academic year. Although our school has remained almost Covid-19 free, a high number of West Berkshire schools now meet the Education Contingency Framework’s threshold for additional monitoring and support. The immediate health risks of Covid-19 infection to children are low, but we are very alert to the potential harm to children from missing or disrupted education.

In the light of this, we have again reviewed our Covid-19 measures to ensure that we are doing everything possible to reduce the risk of transmission, taking into consideration the current guidance from West Berkshire Council and the Berkshire West Health Protection Board. Consequently, we are implementing some enhanced measures, aimed at reducing the risk of Covid-19 transmission within school, over and above current government guidance, when the children return on Tuesday 2 November 2021.

The enhanced measures are as follows:

  • Use of face coverings in communal areas inside the building for staff and visitors.
  • Face coverings for parents visiting the school site, even outdoors.
  • Greater control of children mixing closely when moving around the school, particularly at pinch points in the building. Entry to and exit from the building will now be via the Library door for Ash and Cherry classes and via the Pupil door for Maple and Wellingtonia classes.
  • Any child or member of staff who has a household member test positive for Covid-19 is advised to take a daily lateral flow test for 7 days, in addition to taking a one-off PCR test. Anyone who is exempt from self-isolation (those aged under 18 or adults who are fully vaccinated) and who tests negative can continue to attend school during this period of daily lateral flow testing. The use of LFDs for children is left to parental discretion and test kits can be accessed via gov.uk or a local pharmacy.
  • Any child or member of staff who is identified as a close contact of a positive case via NHS Test and Trace is advised to take a daily lateral flow test for 7 days, in addition to taking a one-off PCR test. Anyone who is exempt from self-isolation (those aged under 18 or adults who are fully vaccinated) and who tests negative can continue to attend school during this period of daily lateral flow testing.
  • Review of risk assessments for events due to take place.

 

In addition to the above, we encourage parents and carers to take regular twice weekly lateral flow tests, which can be ordered through gov.uk or collected from a local pharmacy. These measures are anticipated to remain in place until the end of December 2021, although these will be reviewed regularly, in the light of changing circumstances.

Thank you for your support,

Janet Patterson

Headteacher

 

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