Following the Government’s announcement on 28 November 2021, all staff, students and visitors are strongly advised to wear face coverings in communal areas of the school unless exempt.
It is mandatory to wear face coverings in retail settings and in public transport from Tuesday 30th November 2021.
The Government has issued some guidance for parents and carers about the way schools, colleges and early years providers are now operating – it can be found here.
The Importance of COVID-19 Self-testing and Reporting in Schools
Testing continues to play a crucial role, in and out of classrooms. Please follow the link for more information from the Department for Education.
Students and adults aged 16 and over
You do not need to wait to be contacted by your GP, you can book a vaccination appointment directly. If you live in the UK, vaccinations are free. The vaccination is given as 2 doses – you will have the 2nd dose between 3 and 12 weeks after having the 1st dose. Further information can be found by following this link.
Children and young people aged 12 to 15
This autumn all young people aged 12 to 15 years will be offered the first dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine. This will be organised by the NHS in line with all vaccinations of children and young people in the UK. Parental, guardian or carer consent will be sought by vaccination healthcare staff prior to vaccination. No dates have been set, but further information can be found below:
COVID-19 Self-testing of Students and Staff
In line with Public Health England and Department for Education guidelines, we are encouraging all staff and students to participate in twice-weekly self-testing for Covid-19, at home. The home self-test kits contain lateral flow devices (LFDs) and are very straightforward to use.
If you have already given consent for your daughter to take part in weekly self-testing, and she has had a least one Covid-19 test in school, she will have been provided with self-test kits to use at home.
We will be providing your daughter with further supplies of the self-test kits. She will need to continue to self-test, twice weekly, until further notice.
These tests should only be used by your daughter, and only if she has no symptoms of coronavirus. If she has symptoms she must book a PCR test.
Families and support bubbles with children are being encouraged to test themselves twice a week with the lateral flow tests. You can order home test kits for other members of your household directly from the NHS. You can enter either your town or postcode here to find the nearest collection point and you can collect up to four home test kits, each kit containing seven tests. Each site gives its opening times online.
For those who would struggle to get to a collection point, the tests can ordered online here, with delivery expected to take one to two days. They come with instructions on how to take the tests and how to report results back to the NHS.
If you have not yet given your consent for your daughter to use the self-test kits, you still have the opportunity to do so.
Guidance for Parents/Carers