Return to School September 2021

The Department for Education have released updated guidance for schools for September 2021. We have updated our policies and procedures to follow this new guidance. This guidance changes in many key ways from guidance for 20/21. Including:

  • Attendance to school is now mandatory
  • Pupils & staff should continue to test regularly over the summer
  • On return in September all pupils (where consent has been provided) will be tested twice in school.
  • There are no longer any requirements for there to be Year Group bubbles and we will no longer stagger the school day or split lunchtime.
  • Schools will no longer trace close contacts (this is now done by the national NHS test & trace)

In the event of a significant local outbreak Public Health authorities may recommend additional measures as part of the Government’s contingency framework. We will communicate with parents and carers with further information if this happens.

Key documents

Education for isolating pupils

  • Where a pupil has to isolate because they are displaying Covid symptoms or have tested positive then schools continue to be under an obligation to provide remote education and we will do this via Google Classroom.
  • We will ensure all pupils are reminded of how to access this in September (full training will be given for Year 7 pupils).

Positive rapid lateral flow test results

Anyone with a positive test result will need to:

  • self-isolate in line with the stay at home guidance (if they test positive at school, you should arrange for them to be collected)
  • book a further test (a lab-based polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test) to confirm the result, whether the test was done at home, school or college

Whilst awaiting the PCR result, the individual should continue to self-isolate.

If the PCR test is taken within the 2 days following the positive LFD result, and is negative, it overrides the self-test LFD test and your child can return to school as long as they don’t have COVID-19 symptoms.