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13th July 2021

Covid-19 Update - Roadmap

Covid-19 Update Roadmap - 13 July 2021

Tuesday 13 July 2021

Dear Parent/Carers and Colleagues,

Covid-19 Update: Roadmap

As we approach the end of term, we had confirmation yesterday from the Prime Minister that the country is moving to step 4 of the Covid Response Roadmap from 19 July 2021. Many legal restrictions will end, but there is a strong recommendation that every individual should act responsibly and cautiously. The pandemic is not over and as we continue to see a rise in cases locally and nationally, there is an expectation in this next phase that we learn to live with Covid.

Some guidance remains in place for the safety of all our community. Families should remain vigilant, adhere to good hand washing practice and seek a PCR test if symptoms develop.

There will also be some changes from 19th July to the way that school is working with families and our young people.

  • After 19 July 2021 school will no longer identify close contacts of a positive case and send them home. Anyone who receives a positive result from a PCR test will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and asked to name their close contacts. Those contacts will be informed by NHS Test and Trace to self-isolate. It will remain a requirement for anybody contacted by NHS in any age group to isolate, until 16 August 2021. Please notify school of any absence before the end of term due to self-isolation in the usual way.
  • From 16 August 2021, those under the age of 18 will no longer be required to isolate if they are contacted by NHS Test and Trace as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case. Instead, under 18’s will be advised to take a PCR test. This will also be the case for those who have been double vaccinated. Students over 18 will be given four months from their birthday to access vaccinations in order that they will not be required to isolate during the school year.
  • A positive result on a Lateral Flow Device test, or symptoms of Covid-19 will continue to require self-isolation (and household-isolation) and a PCR test. Please inform school if this is the case.
  • Schools will have flexibility from 19 July 2021 to change arrangements such as the use of face coverings and bubbles. However, we are keen to maintain current arrangements for the final four days of term. Our students and families are well used to them and we see no reason to change. I hope you all agree.
  • All secondary aged students, including new year 7’s will be offered 2 Lateral Flow Device tests at school at the start of the Autumn term in September. We will communicate details of the arrangements once these are finalised.

I want to thank you for your patience and understanding as we plan to make the changes that the announcements yesterday bring about and for your continued support in remaining vigilant to protect all who are part of our school community.

We are optimistic about the return of more familiar ways of running our school and supporting our young people and staff as they make this transition after such a challenging time for all.

As always if you require support with any of the above information, please let us know.

Take care.

Simon Wade


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