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For the latest Government Guidance please use the link below

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus



Updated 01.12.2021

 

Dear Parents

 

Omicron variant of Covid -19 and updated guidance form the DFE to schools

 

There is a link below to the document which came to schools on Monday 29th November.

 

The main temporary change is that anyone identified as a close contact of a suspected or confirmed Omicron case will need to self-isolate immediately irrespective of their vaccine status or age. They are advised to arrange a PCR test. This will be undertaken via NHS Test and Track. Schools are no longer expected to undertake contact tracing.

 

For all others ( non-Omicron related cases ) the isolation rules remain unchanged i.e. close contacts with the other Covid variants are advised to have a PCR test but if double vaccinated and under 18 can continue to attend school.

 

We do not as yet know what NE Lincs council's position on this is regarding Home to School Transport in the context of concerns about the Omicron variant .

The question has been raised with Education Transport and we will let you know as soon as we get a response.

 

With respect to the wearing of face masks the DFE are advising that these should be worn in communal areas or crowded spaces for secondary schools.

The exceptions still apply however to pupils with disabilities.

 

It is not our intention to introduce the wearing of face masks , not least because very few people follow the relevant procedures for safe wear and removal of face coverings. Our view remains that in general wearing face masks is a barrier to positive interactions with pupils

There will still be situations , however , where staff can use PPE and these will be where prolonged and very close working with pupils on activities which are classified as AGP (Aerosol Generating Procedures) are involved.

 

As you will be aware we have still retained units ( bubbles) as in the main this isn't restricting educational delivery and is not limiting recreation times 

Children will therefore continue to have midday meals in the classroom and our view is that this is the best approach at the current time.

 

Our daytime hygiene schedules remain at the increased levels introduced previously. We have an extremely dedicated and hardworking premises team who ensure that shared areas ,surfaces and contact points are cleaned repeatedly across the school day.

 

It is important that wherever possible regular Lateral Flow Tests are undertaken twice weekly .

We have a supply of LFD kits in school which only require nasal swabbing.

We advise that you take tests across the weekend as well mid-week.

This will also be very important towards the end of the Christmas break before school resumes 

 

Please do not forget that at this time of year there are some other very nasty viruses about and children should not be sent to school if they have symptoms that are like colds , flu or stomach bugs and sickness.

 

At the moment we would want to restrict visits to the school to those that are necessary and related to pupils wellbeing. 

Where there are outside visitors they will be asked to wear face masks.  

 

Regards

Andy Zielinski

Headteacher 

Humberston Park Special School Academy

 

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1036663/Schools_guidance_update_for_Omnicron_-_29_Nov.pdf 

 

 

 

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