At Earsham CE VA Primary School, the safety of our whole school community is of paramount importance to us.
Following the government's announcement on Monday 21st February 2022 that all COVID restrictions were to be lifted in England, new guidance to schools has been issued by the Department for Education and, the school's COVID plan has been amended:
- Parents are no longer legally obliged to inform the school if their child has COVID symptoms. However in order to keep everyone safe, we would request that parents continue to do so and we ask that they keep their child off school for at least 5 full days or until they have received 2 consecutive negative test results or until 10 days have lapsed since they received confirmation of the positive test, whichever is the earlier.
- As there is no longer any requirement for fully vaccinated close contacts to test daily for 7 days or close contacts who are not fully vaccinated to self-isolate, we shall no longer be providing a weekly update of COVID cases in school, nor will we be asking classes to test daily in the event of a COVID case.
We will continue to:
- ask all pupils to sanitise their hands on arrival at school and to wash their hands regularly during the school day. We will also continue to clean touch points during the day as well.
- ventilate the building as much as possible by having doors and windows open when possible. Each classroom has a monitor which helps us identify the air quality at any one time.
The government is clear that they expect all pupils to attend school unless they test positive or have COVID symptoms (or are too ill from another illness to attend school). Therefore if a parent makes the decision not to send their child to school until their PCR test result is known or until the COVID case is finished, the absence will be recorded as unauthorised. Whilst we have to follow the government guidelines, we understand that every family has their unique circumstances. Therefore, please do keep us updated so we can work with you in these difficult times.
Hygiene is still very important and so our hygiene protocols are still in place as follows:
Washing hands (thoroughly with soap and water) following the NHS guidance.
Using alcohol-based hand sanitiser gel if soap and water isn't immediately available.
Everyone should wash their hands on arrival at school, before eating, after coughing or sneezing, after visiting the toilet, as well as at other regular intervals throughout the day.
Catch it, Kill it, Bin it - covering their mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when sneezing and putting used tissues in the bin straight away. Always washing their hands afterwards.
Avoid touching the eyes, nose or mouth if they haven't washed their hands.
Wash their hands when they arrive home at the end of the day.