Information for Parents / Carers
The Government’s priority is for school’s to deliver face-to-face, high-quality education to all pupils. The evidence is clear that being out of education causes significant harm to educational attainment, life chances, mental and physical health.
From September 2021 there are three key changes:
- Mixing and ‘bubbles’
Keeping pupils or students in year group or classroom bubbles to reduce mixing is no longer a requirement.
- Tracing close contacts
Close contacts will now be identified via NHS Test and Trace. Education settings are no longer expected to undertake contact tracing.
- Face coverings
Face coverings are no longer advised for pupils, staff and visitors either in classrooms or in communal areas. However, if you would prefer to continue to wear a mask in communal areas this will be ok.
So, what will stay the same?
Coronavirus hasn’t gone away so there will still be a need for schools, pupils and students to follow basic measures to avoid the spread of the virus:
- Testing remains important in reducing the risk of transmission of infection within schools.
- Ensuring good hygiene including frequent and thorough hand cleaning and the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach.
- Maintaining appropriate cleaning regimes.
- Keeping occupied spaces well ventilated.
- Following public health advice on testing, self-isolation and managing confirmed cases of COVID-19.
Control measures include:
- Ensure good hygiene for everyone.
- Maintain appropriate cleaning regimes.
- Keep occupied spaces well ventilated.
- Follow public health advice on testing, self-isolation and managing confirmed cases of COVID-19.