Covid-19 Updates

Please see below for all current advice regarding Coronavirus. We are liaising closely with Public Health England who are responsible for providing formal guidance and updates for schools. We will continue to provide relevant updates for you through direct communication and through this page.

Risk Assessment

The latest school risk assessment is published here.

Covid-19 Vaccinations

Around half of 12 to 15 year olds have now received at least one dose. of the COVID-19 vaccination. Young people aged 12 to 15 in England are now being offered a second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a minimum of 12 weeks from the first dose, following advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

There are 2 routes on offer for 12-15 year olds to get the vaccine:

  1. Through the community at a local vaccination site - Parents can book vaccinations for their child, if aged 12 or over, through the NHS booking system. Children who received their first dose in school can get their second dose outside of school in the community and vice versa.

  2. Through schools - Vaccination for this group continue to be carried out by the school age immunisation service (SAIS). The immunisation team will be in school to carry out vaccinations on Tuesday 25 January 2022. On the day students will receive either Dose 1 or Dose 2 depending upon their status. A letter with a link to the consent form can be downloaded here. Please note that you must give consent again, even if you have already done so, whether this is for Dose 1 or Dose 2.

 

This means there are more opportunities for children to get the vaccine. Through the community route, parents have the opportunity to accompany their child to the vaccination site if they wish.

Please see the guidance on COVID-19 vaccination: resources for schools and parents for further information and resources on the vaccination programme.

Home Testing

By testing twice a week you will help us to reduce transmission of Coronavirus, keep staff and students in school and Calday Grange Grammar School open to minimise disruption to their education and to you and your household.

Tests are provided free of charge and are distributed to students via their form tutor. If a student does not receive their tests when they are distributed they may be collected from the Administration Office. If you require more home testing kits you may order more online via gov.uk or collect from your local pharmacy. 

We advise students to test on Monday and Thursday mornings before they leave home. If this is not possible, they may test on the Sunday or Wednesday evening.  Parents can help students to take the test and report results. If a student is unable or unwilling to test themselves at home, please direct them to First Aid.

 

All results should be reported, even if the result is negative or void.

Positive tests and reporting illness

If a student has COVID-19 symptoms they should stay at home and self-isolate immediately. They should arrange to have a PCR test as soon as possible. If this PCR test result is positive, they must continue to self-isolate according to government guidelines.

Since Wednesday 22 December, the 10 day self-isolation period for people who record a positive PCR test result for COVID-19 has been reduced to 7 days in most circumstances, unless you cannot test for any reason.

Individuals may now take lateral flow device (LFD) tests on day 6 and day 7 of their self-isolation period. Those who receive two negative test results are no longer required to complete 10 full days of self-isolation. The first test must be taken no earlier than day 6 of the self-isolation period and tests must be taken 24 hours apart. If both these test results are negative, and you do not have a high temperature, you may end your self-isolation after the second negative test result and return to school from day 8.

Anyone who is unable to take LFD tests will need to complete the full 10 day period of self-isolation. Further information is available in the stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed COVID-19 infection.

Confirmatory PCR tests following a positive LFD test result are to be temporarily suspended from Tuesday 11 January. This will mean that anyone who receives a positive LFD test result will be required to self-isolate immediately and will not be required to take a confirmatory PCR test.

Please be aware that these guidelines can change and you should check the government website for the most recent guidelines.

Parents should inform the school, as soon as possible on the first day of absence, and no later than 09:00, if a student will be absent due to illness. This should be done via the ‘Absence Line’ by dialling 0151 625 2727 and selecting Option 1, further instructions will follow.

Face coverings

Face coverings help protect the wearer and others against the spread of infection because they cover the nose and mouth, which are the main confirmed sources of transmission of COVID-19.

Face coverings should be worn by students, staff and adult visitors in the classroom and when moving around the premises, such as in corridors and communal areas. Students must also wear a face covering when travelling on public transport and should wear it on dedicated transport to and from school.

 

Face coverings do not need to be worn when outdoors

 

Travel and quarantine

All children and staff travelling to England must adhere to government travel advice in travel to England from another country during coronavirus (COVID-19).

Parents travelling abroad should bear in mind the impact on their child’s education which may result from any requirement to quarantine or isolate upon return.

Department for Education Coronavirus Helpline

 

The Department for Education has launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents, carers and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)