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.

Positive tests and reporting illness

If a child or young person has a positive COVID-19 test result they should stay at home and try to avoid contact with other people for 3 days after the day they took the test.  After 3 days, if they feel well and do not have a high temperature, they may return to school. Please note that the day of the positive test counts as Day 0.

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.

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.

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 are no longer required to be worn. However staff and studnets may wear a face covering if they wish.

Department for Education Coronavirus Helpline

 

The Department for Education has a 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)