1st September 2021
Updated Statement of Notice - Coronavirus
In preparation for the start of the Autumn term this September, please see the following updated guidance and advice which has been communicated by the Government in line with current Covid Restrictions.
The main points to note are as follows, however the full guidance can be read by visiting https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-schools-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak
· Students and staff will no longer be required to wear a face covering indoors or during transport;
· Bubbles are no longer required in schools;
· It is recommended that students and staff continue to take lateral flow tests, twice weekly, until the end of September when the guidance will be reviewed;
· Self-isolation rules have changed dependant on an individual’s circumstances:
· Any member of staff or student with symptoms of COVID or those who have tested positive must self-isolate as per Government guidelines.
· If a person develops symptoms, they must take a PCR test and isolate whilst awaiting the results. If the PCR test is taken within 2 days of the positive lateral flow test, and is negative, it overrides the self-test LFD test and the pupil can return to school, as long as the individual doesn’t have COVID-19 symptoms.
· Individuals are not required to self-isolate if they live in the same household as someone with COVID-19, or are a close contact of someone with COVID-19, and any of the following apply:
o they are fully vaccinated
o they are below the age of 18 years and 6 months
o they have taken part in or are currently part of an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial
o they are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons
All clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) children and young people should attend their education setting unless they are one of the very small number of children and young people under paediatric or other specialist care who have been advised by their clinician or other specialist not to attend.
Ad Astra will continue to support those students who are isolating with an online learning development plan.
Alongside the above changes we will continue to encourage and demonstrate control measures to reduce the spread of COVID in the form of:
· Good hand hygiene - thorough and regular hand washing or sanitising.
· Good respiratory hygiene – ‘Catch it, Kill it, Bin it’ – ensuring there are paper towels and tissues available for coughs, sneezes and nose blowing.
· Maintain appropriate cleaning regimes, focusing on the areas of high contact.
· Keep occupied spaces well ventilated where possible.
· Follow public health advice on testing, self-isolation and managing confirmed cases of COVID 19.
Ad Astra thanks you for your cooperation, and if there any concerns or questions, please see the contact information below.
Ruth Patterson – Head of Provision
Lyz Shaw – Designated Safeguarding Lead
Laura Harben – Operations Manager