We have been monitoring the number of COVID-19 cases in the school on a rolling 10-day window to see if the numbers are rising in the school population.
Today we reached the threshold of an in-school outbreak (more than 5 cases in a year group) in two year groups. After speaking to the Health Protection Team we have taken the decision to request that all students and staff wear masks when indoors. This has been in place in other, local schools in which outbreaks have occurred with good results. Masks have been given to all students this morning.
We will review whether other measures will need to be taken after the half term break. In the meantime, please continue to encourage your child to take the LFD test twice weekly. Results should be reported to the school (and on the NHS test and trace site Report a COVID-19 rapid lateral flow test result - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)). Negative or void results should be reported on our website (COVID - Archway School) and positive results should be reported to us by a phone call or an email to email@example.com.
We have been in touch with the NHS this morning. We expect to be given a date of soon after half term for the vaccination to be offered to 12-15 year olds. We will pass on a letter from the NHS containing a link to a consent form once it has arrived at school.
Kieron P Smith
Keeping staff and students safe at this time is our priority and we shall at all times be following the latest government guidelines for dealing with the pandemic.
In order to facilitate smooth movement around the school, we are maintaining our one-way system. Our timetable is now operating as 5 x 1 hour lessons.
The School will continue to run any potential cases of COVID through a series of ‘triage’ questions before deciding to send a child home. Should your child display symptoms of COVID-19 then they shall be asked to remain at home until either:
• A 10 day period of isolation is over or
• The School receives notice of a negative test result.
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:
- they are fully vaccinated
- they are below the age of 18 years and 6 months
- they have taken part in or are currently part of an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial
- they are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons
Instead, they 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
Please do not send your child in to School if they have been isolated at home and the above conditions are not met as this compromises our strict guidelines and the government policy on how to handle cases.
The School is still trying to minimise the number of visitors to the site and where possible we encourage telephone/online meetings to take place instead of face-to-face meetings.