Covid-19 Parental Information, September 2021 Update
In line with government guidance and advice, the Bute House Covid guidance for parents has been updated to include:
- primary-age pupils are not required to take twice weekly tests;
- we will no longer trace close contacts – close contacts will still be identified via NHS Test and Trace
- pupils who have been identified as a close contact should continue to attend school as normal, unless they develop symptoms or receive a positive LFD and/or PCR test result or are contacted by NHS Test and Trace;
- pupils no longer need to remain in a consistent group (‘bubble’)
- the government has removed the requirement to wear face coverings, however pupils may wear a mask if they wish to do so.
In addition, pupils are expected to sanitise their hands on arrival at school and also during the school day.
If you daughter develops Covid symptoms, please notify the school and keep her off school and also ensure she takes a LFD test. If this is positive, you should then follow government advice and ensure a PCR test is taken at the earlier opportunity (and continue to isolate until the test result is received).
As per revised government guidelines, all adults who are fully vaccinated and children aged 5 to 18 years and 6 months, identified as a contact of someone with COVID-19 – whether Omicron or not – should take a lateral flow device (LFD) test every day for 7 days instead of self-isolating. If you test positive on a LFD test, you should then book a PCR test and self-isolate as per current guidance.
If you daughter is off school with Covid, she will be provided access to teaching via Google Classroom, but only if she is well enough to participate.
Further information can be found at Guidance What parents and carers need to know about Early Years providers, Schools and Colleges.