We are now writing with a more detailed update on yesterday’s change to Covid-19 restrictions and guidelines communicated in the press conference.
The main points relevant to our students are:
- Children who have been in contact with a positive case no longer need to quarantine, unless they develop symptoms. If a student has symptoms they need to stay at home and do a test.
- The class does not necessarily need to quarantine when there are multiple cases in the group. Note: The GGD may still decide to move a whole class to online teaching if there are too many positive cases within one group. We will follow their advice on this.
- It is important that all students self test regularly. We continue to provide self tests for the children in Year 5 and Year 6 so they can do this twice a week.
- Students in Year 5 and Year 6 continue to wear face masks in the corridors.
- Students who have been in contact with a positive case no longer need to quarantine. However, they do need to self-test every day for five days. In order to come to school the self-test needs to be negative.
- Students who choose not to self-test still need to quarantine.
- Students routinely self-test twice a week using the tests provided by school.
- Students who have recovered from Covid in the last 8 weeks can come to school without self-testing.
- Students continue to wear face masks in the corridors.
- Note: The GGD may still decide to move a whole class to online teaching if there are too many positive cases within one group. We will follow their advice on this.
The relaxation of the restrictions will undoubtedly lead to an increased number of infections. We ask that you bear with us as we try to offer education as normal as best we can, also as we can expect the increase in infections will mean we will have more staff unable to come to work. Our colleagues are exceptionally flexible and supportive, but there may be occasions when we cannot avoid our classes having several different substitute teachers. In order to minimise the risk of having to ask students to stay at home, please help us and make sure we all take individual responsibility for following the basic rules at home and at school, and remain watchful for Covid related symptoms.
Not all government and other websites with protocols have been updated yet. If you have any questions or doubts, please contact us through firstname.lastname@example.org or the GGD.
Thank you for your support and for looking after each other.