Start of Term Arrangements Jan 22

Dear Parents and Carers

As you are aware the Welsh Government has delayed the start of term to allow schools to have two planning days. As a result, we are looking forward to welcoming all pupils back to school tomorrow, Thursday 6th January 2022.

Due to the change in arrangements to the start of term, our INSET day that was planned for 4th January 2022 will now take place on Monday 31st January 2022. Therefore, your child will not be required to attend school on this day.

When pupils return to school tomorrow, we have put in place additional safety measures as part of our ‘very high’ risk response, in line with the ‘Local COVID-19 infection control decision framework for schools’. All staff and pupils must:

  • Wear face masks in all indoor areas at all times
  • Follow the one-way system
  • Wash their hands regularly and uses hand sanitiser

In addition, pupils must:

  • Sit in a seating plan as determined by their class teacher

 

Please ensure that you provide your child with a suitable face mask. If your child is exempt from wearing a face mask, you must provide medical evidence if you have not already done so and your child will be provided with an exemption pass.

On arrival to school tomorrow, pupils will be informed of these expectations by their class teacher.

All staff and pupils are to continue with regular Lateral Flow Device (LFD) testing three times a week using LFDs on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings before coming into school. If your child’s test is positive, please do not send them to school and book a PCR test.

LFDs will be provided to your child, if required. Pupils can collect these from the hall at the end of the school day.

If your child is displaying any symptoms of Covid-19, please do not send them to school and book a PCR test.

All staff and pupils who test positive for COVID-19 are to follow the Welsh Government guidance for self-isolation below:

  • You can leave self-isolation after 7 full days (on day 8 of your self-isolation period). You should take an LFD test on day 6 of your self-isolation period and another LFD test 24 hours later. This is to check if you remain infectious and could pass COVID-19 on to others.
  • If either of your LFD tests taken on day 6 or day 7 are positive, you should remain in self-isolation until 2 negative LFD tests or day 10 whichever is sooner.
  • If you still have a high temperature after 7 days, even if the LFD test is negative you should continue to self-isolate until your temperature has returned to normal.
  • You do not need to continue self-isolation for more than 7 days if your LFD test is negative and you still have a cough or loss off sense of smell.
  • You should not take an LFD test before the sixth day of your self-isolation period because the risks of remaining infectious and the chances of passing it on to others before this period is significantly higher.

For staff and pupils who are identified as contacts of a positive case self-isolation arrangements are as follows:

  • If fully vaccinated adult (having received two full doses of an approved vaccine) or aged 17 or under, you are now asked to take LFD test every day for 7 days. This is known as ‘Daily Contact Testing’.
  • It is recommended those undertaking Daily Contact Testing take their LFD test before they arrive at school each day. These individuals do not need to self-isolate for that day unless they have a positive LFD test or develop symptoms. In either of these cases, they should book a PCR test as soon as possible.
  • Unvaccinated staff and pupils identified as a contact of a positive COVID-19 case must isolate for 10 days.

As a school our aim is to maintain face to face schooling, however we know the new COVID-19 variant Omicron is now the dominant strain in Wales. We are preparing for some disruption to education this term if we encounter high levels of pupil and/or staff absence. If, as a result of staff absence, some Year Groups may need to return to remote learning. If this is the case, I will notify you as soon as possible via text and Classcharts, however, please be aware that this may be at very short notice.

The current situation regarding COVID-19 is very fast moving and therefore we shall continue to communicate with you regularly as and when changes occur. We thank you for your on-going support in what continues to be challenging times for everyone.

Yours faithfully

Mrs D Gill

EXECUTIVE HEADTEACHER