COVID 19 Updates for Families- January 2022

COVID 19 Updates

(for full information please visit https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus)

Information on the changes to the self-isolation period for individuals who test positive for COVID-19

Since Wednesday 22 December, the 10 day self-isolation period for people who record a positive PCR test result for COVID-19 has been reduced to 7 days in most circumstances, unless you cannot test for any reason.

Individuals now take LFD tests on day 6 and day 7 of their self-isolation period. Those who receive two negative test results are no longer required to complete 10 full days of self-isolation. The first test must be taken no earlier than day 6 of the self-isolation period and tests must be taken 24 hours apart. This also applies to children under 5, with LFD testing at parental or guardian discretion. If both these test results are negative, and you do not have a high temperature, you may end your self-isolation after the second negative test result and return to your education setting from day 8.

Anyone who is unable to take LFD tests will need to complete the full 10 day period of self-isolation. Further information is available in the stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed COVID-19 infection.

Daily testing for close contacts of COVID-19

People who are fully vaccinated, or children and young people aged between 5 and 18 years and 6 months, identified as a close contact of someone with COVID-19, should take an LFD test every day for seven days and continue to attend their setting as normal, unless they have a positive test result or develop symptoms at any time. We fully support families who wish to keep their children at home during this time as we recognise it is difficult for young children to be isolated from other family members.

Children under 5 are not being advised to take part in daily testing of close contacts. If a child under 5 is a contact of a confirmed case, they are not required to self-isolate and should not start daily testing. If they live in the same household as someone with COVID-19 they should limit their contact with anyone who is at higher risk of severe illness if infected with COVID-19, and arrange to take a PCR test as soon as possible. They can continue to attend an education or childcare setting while waiting for the PCR result. If the test is positive, they should follow the stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed COVID-19 infection.

Remote education in the case of COVID related absence.

If your child is well enough for schoolwork this can be found on the front page of our school website:

  • For the first three days school work is published on your child’s class page of the school website
  • After this class work will be made available on Tapestry in the case of YR and Google classroom Y1-Y6.
  • A member of staff will keep in touch during your child’s absence.
  • Remote learning will mirror the work done in class as far as possible.

Staff COVID Related absence

  • High rates of COVID-19 may cause difficulties with the availability of staff.
  • Our  priority is to keep our school open and our children continuing face-to-face education. Where workforce issues arise, we are able to use existing teaching, temporary and support staff more flexibly.
  • Pupils do not need to be kept in consistent groups and we can consider combining classes.

Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) advice on COVID-19 vaccination for at-risk 5 to 11 year olds, and booster doses for at-risk 12 to 15 year olds and all 16 to 17 year olds

On Wednesday 22 December, the government accepted advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) that a primary course of vaccination should be offered to children aged 5 to 11 years old who are in a clinical risk group, or who are a household contact of someone (of any age) who is immunosuppressed. The NHS is working through updated guidance and will set out how this is going to be operationalised shortly. The NHS will communicate how eligible children and young people can get their boosters shortly.

Updated guidance on the use of face coverings in education settings

  • Children in primary schools are not currently required to wear face coverings.
  • Staff will wear face coverings in all communal areas.
  • Staff do not wear face covering when directly teaching children.
  • We encourage parents to wear face masks when picking up or dropping off children at school.