Coronavirus - Covid-19

Updated 31st March - Changes to measures and guidance for managing COVID-19 in education and childcare settings from Friday 1 April

On Tuesday 29 March, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Sajid Javid, set out the next steps for living with COVID-19 in England from Friday 1 April.

Free COVID-19 tests will continue to be available for specific groups, including eligible patients and NHS staff, once the universal testing offer ends on Friday 1 April.

Updated guidance will advise:

  • adults with the symptoms of a respiratory infection, and who have a high temperature or feel unwell, should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people until they feel well enough to resume normal activities and they no longer have a high temperature
  • children and young people who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid contact with other people. They can go back to school, college or childcare when they no longer have a high temperature, and they are well enough to attend
  • adults with a positive COVID-19 test result should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days, which is when they are most infectious. For children and young people aged 18 and under, the advice will be 3 days

The population now has much stronger protection against COVID-19 than at any other point in the pandemic. This means we can begin to manage the virus like other respiratory infections, thanks to the success of the vaccination programme and access to antivirals, alongside natural immunity and increased scientific and public understanding about how to manage risk.

For education and childcare settings from Friday 1 April:

  • regular asymptomatic testing is no longer recommended in any education or childcare setting, including in SEND, alternative provision and children’s social care settings. Therefore, settings will no longer be able to order test kits
  • residential SEND settings may be advised by their local health protection team to re-introduce some time-limited asymptomatic testing. This would be an exceptional measure, for targeted groups of staff and pupils or students (secondary age or above) in the event of a possible COVID-19 outbreak. These settings are scheduled to receive an automatic delivery of contingency supply test kits during the week commencing Monday 28 March
  • the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) will publish new guidance. Most of the specific COVID-19 guidance for education and childcare settings will be withdrawn from GOV.​UK on Friday 1 April. The operational guidance on the testing in education settings document sharing platform will also be removed on the same day

Updated 25th March - https://coronavirusresources.phe.gov.uk/covid-19-vaccine/resources/covid...

Updated 28th Feb - A summary of changes to school practice following the governments Living with Covid 19 plan:

From Monday 21 February, the Government removed the guidance for staff and students in most education and childcare settings to undertake twice-weekly asymptomatic testing. 

  • Schools may be advised to re-introduce asymptomatic testing for targeted groups of staff in the event of an outbreak. 

  • Asymptomatic testing does not replace current guidance for those with symptoms, and anyone with symptoms, should book a free NHS test and follow the latest government guidance. For further information, please visit the Department for Education’s frequently asked questions. 

  • Changes to self-isolation and daily testing of close contacts - From Thursday 24 February, the Government removed the legal requirement to self-isolate following a positive test. Adults and children who test positive will continue to be advised to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for at least 5 full days, and then continue to follow the guidance until they have received 2 negative test results on consecutive days. In addition, the Government will: No longer ask fully vaccinated close contacts and those aged under 18 to test daily for 7 days, and remove the legal requirement for close contacts who are not fully vaccinated to self-isolate. End self-isolation support payments, national funding for practical support and the medicine delivery service will no longer be available. End routine contact tracing. Contacts will no longer be required to self-isolate or advised to take daily tests. Staff, children and young people should attend their education settings as usual. This includes staff who have been in close contact within their household, unless they are able to work from home. End the legal obligation for individuals to tell their employers when they are required to self-isolate. For more information on the guidance for cases and contacts, please refer to the COVID-19: people with COVID-19 and their contacts guidance. 

  • It is no-longer a requirement to wear face coverings in schools.

In addition: Whole school collective worships will resume at Sharow, but singing will only take place in classrooms for now.

Full information for parents and carers can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/what-parents-and-carers-need-to-know-about-early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak/step-4-update-what-parents-and-carers-need-to-know-about-early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges#tracing

Updated 21st Feb - Updated Risk Assessment

Updated 17th Jan - Updated Risk Assessment with changes highlighted in grey.

Updated 17th Jan - Changes to the self-isolation period for those who test positive for COVID-19 - From Monday 17 January, people who are self-isolating with COVID-19 will have the option to reduce their isolation period after 5 full days if they test negative with a lateral flow device (LFD) test on both day 5 and day 6 and they do not have a temperature. For example, if they test negative on the morning of day 5 and the morning of day 6, they can return to their education or childcare setting immediately on day 6.

The first test must be taken no earlier than day 5 of the self-isolation period, and the second must be taken at least 24 hours later the following day. All test results should be reported to NHS Test and Trace.

If the result of either of their tests is positive, they should continue to self-isolate until they get negative results from two LFD tests on consecutive days or until they have completed 10 full days of self-isolation, whichever is earliest.

Anyone who is unable to take LFD tests or anyone who continues to have a temperature will need to complete the full 10 day period of self-isolation.

Further information on self-isolation for those with COVID-19 is available.

Updated 10th Jan - Updated Risk Assessment with changes highlighted in green

Updated 7th Jan - Risk Assessment dated 04.01.22 with changes highlighted in yellow and Remote learning updated

Updated 6th Jan - Confirmatory PCR tests following a positive lateral flow device (LFD) test result are to be temporarily suspended from Tuesday 11 January. This will mean that anyone who receives a positive LFD test result will be required to self-isolate immediately and will not be required to take a confirmatory PCR test.

Updated 3rd Jan - 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 may 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. 

Updated 29th November - updated Risk Assessment added

Letter added - Covid 19 Letter from the Director of Public Health

Updated 6th September - updated Risk Assessment added

Updated 6th September - new risk assessment added

Updated 16th July Changes to contact tracing in education and childcare settings.

Updated 7th July - Thank you very much to each and every one of you for your support in making sure our school has been a safe place during the pandemic.  As the government shares its intentions to lift almost all restrictions from the 19th July, we want to continue to make sure that the school remains as safe as possible until the end of term.  Therefore, all current risk assessments and measures will remain in place until the end of term.

Updated 17th May - new changes 17th May - What's changed....

Updated 14th May - new risk assessment added. 

Updated 23rd April - Covid - If you or your child displays symptoms

Parents and carers must understand that they will need to be ready and willing to: 

  • book a test if they or their child are displaying any symptoms.  This does not need to be a combination of symptoms - only one.  Pupils must not come into the school if they have symptoms, and will be sent home to self-isolate if they develop them in school. All children can be tested, including children under 5, but children aged 11 and under will need to be helped by their parents/carers if using a home testing kit 
  • provide details of anyone they or their child have been in close contact with if they were to test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) or if asked by NHS Test and Trace 
  • self-isolate if they have been in close contact with someone who tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), or if anyone in their household develops symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) 

 Anyone who displays symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) can and should get a test.  This must be a PCR test and not a Lateral Flow Test. Tests can be booked online through the NHS testing and tracing for coronavirus website, or ordered by telephone via NHS 119 for those without access to the internet. Essential workers, which includes anyone involved in education or childcare, have priority access to testing. 

Updated 13th April - new risk assessment added

Updated 9th March 2021

Up to 1 in 3 people who have Covid-19 have no symptoms and could be spreading it without knowing. Regular Rapid testing is available for parents of nursery, school children and college students as well as adults in their households, childcare and support bubbles https://coronavirusresources.phe.gov.uk/back-to-school/resources/leaflets/

The Testing kits can be picked up between 1pm - 8pm from Dragon Road Car Park, Harrogate, HG1 5DB or Forum car Park, Northallerton, DL6 1SZ

Updated 1st March 2021 - The government has announced that schools will reopen to all pupils on 8th March, we’re very much looking forward to welcoming back more of our children to face-to-face education. Welcome back letter - 8th March 2021 What parents and carers need to know - updated 16 March 2021

An updated Risk Assessment can be found at Wider Opening of Schools V2021.3_23.02.21 8 March 2021

Updated 4th January 2021 - National lockdown: Stay at home 04.01.2021

Following the Government's announcement of a national lockdown and school closures, I write to inform you that all learning will be remote from tomorrow.  The Remote Learning document attached details the planned delivery.

The school will be open for children of critical keyworkers and vulnerable children as defined by the government: www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision

Bubbles will be made up of the children requiring provision and will not be the same as the current class bubbles.

Breakfast club will be available for those children eligible for on-site provision.

All keyworker parents/carers entering the school premises must wear a face covering in addition to social distancing. Children are to wear school uniform.

Guidance updated 1st January 2021

Tier 3 - Very High Alert - What you can and cannot do in an area in Tier 3 of local restrictions.

Guidance Updated 02.12.2020

The Government have updated the guidance for parents and carers to reflect the end of National Restrictions on 2 December and how these settings should operate under the local restriction tiers.The updated guidance on what parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during the coronavirus covid-19 outbreak clarifies the position under the local restriction tiers for:

  • Clinically extremely vulnerable children
  • Face coverings
  • Music, dance and drama performances
  • Educational visits and trips
  • Extra-curricular activities

Guidance Updated 16.11.2020

North Yorkshire County Council, following feedback from Public Health, have provided a series of messages to pass on to parents and carers.

Although you will be doing many of these already, and we are grateful for your cooperation and support, we would ask that you read through as a reminder.

Messages to pass on to your parents/carers

• Please ensure that you maintain social distancing from others when dropping off and collecting your child from our school.  Please follow any guidance issued by us to help with this e.g. only one adult per family should enter school grounds to drop off or collect.

• For those travelling by car we ask that you wait in your car until your specific drop off time. This will reduce the amount of people assembling in and around the school grounds and will help with social distancing.

• We recommend that all parents/carers entering the school premises (and in other congested areas around school premises) wear a face covering in addition to social distancing.  This an extra safeguard to reduce the transmission of the virus.  Please note that this does not apply to those who are medically exempt. 

• You must keep at least two metres apart from other parents/carers at all times. Where you are unable to do so, wear a face covering.

Messages for parents/carers to talk to their children about

• Limit the number of people they walk to/from school with.

• Please remind your child to leave school in a timely manner to avoid social contacts.

• Please make sure your child attends school in usual uniform with an appropriate coat for winter conditions.

• Please remember the school ‘bubbles’ do not apply outside of school (i.e. children should avoid mixing with friends outside of school, even if they are in the same ‘bubble’ at school).

Message to pass on to parents/carers about self-isolation

If you are self-isolating

• Please ensure that if you or a member of your family has Covid symptoms or has been asked to self-isolate (e.g. if they are a close contact of someone who has tested positive) that you and your household follow the self-isolation guidelines. 

• Please do not send a child to school if they or a member of their household has symptoms, or if they have been asked to self-isolate.

• Please follow the national guidance:

o For individuals who have tested positive or who live in the same household as someone who is positive for covid-19: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

o For close contacts who do NOT live in the same household:

• If you require any further support (e.g. shopping, medication) whilst you are self-isolating please visit https://www.northyorks.gov.uk/help-you-during-coronavirus-covid-19   for further information.

Messages for parents/carers on current lockdown restrictions

• The new national restrictions can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-national-restrictions-from-5-november

• In summary:

o You can leave home for education (formal provision, rather than extracurricular classes such as music or drama tuition,) training, registered childcare and children’s activities that are necessary to allow parents/carers to work, seek work, or undertake education or training. Parents can still take their children to school, and people can continue existing arrangements for contact between parents and children where they live apart.

o You and your children must not meet people socially. However, you can exercise or meet in a public, outdoors space with people you live with, your support bubble (or as part of a childcare bubble), or with one other person.There are several ways that parents and carers can continue to access childcare during the national restrictions https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-national-restrictions-from-5-november#childcare-and-childrens-activities

If you have any questions relating to the actions we are taking to keep everyone safe in school, please contact the school office either by email or telephone and we will be happy to help.

Updated 05.11.2020 - https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-national-restrictions-from-5-november

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Tv2BVN_WTk

14.10.20 Update for picking up: Please reverse the one way system at the end of the day. Enter through the staff car park, collect your child then exit through the playground. Thank you

13.10.20 Implementing One way system

Pupil Absence What to do if my child..... A reference guide for parents and school staff as of 16th September 2020 

Updated 01 July 2020 - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/what-parents-and-carers-need-to-know-about-early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak?utm_source=dbce2466-5575-4736-9bbb-fd3516d0d7b3&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=daily

Opening schools and educational settings to more pupils from 1 June: guidance for parents and carers

Updated 11 May 2020 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/reopening-schools-and-other-educational-settings-from-1-june?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

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https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

The government has updated the guidance on mental health and wellbeing.

There are a number of online resources available to support families in preparing healthy and nutritious food, as well as on the NHS Eat Well website.

There is also a link to healthy packed lunches, which you could incorporate into a picnic in the living room or your garden.

A free information book explaining the Coronavirus to children 

https://nosycrowcoronavirus.s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/Coronavirus_ABookForChildren.pdf#page=1

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