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28 February 2022

                                                                           Covid update

Dear Parents/Carers,

On February 22nd 2022, the government removed much of the legal restrictions around Covid-19. Instead the following advice has been published, entitled Living with Covid. 

This advice can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-response-living-with-covid-19

Whilst removing the legal restrictions, schools must continue to work in the best interests of children, their families and staff. Throughout the Covid pandemic we have continually put the health and safety of our school community at the heart of all decisions made. Based on our experiences at Poplars Farm , we agree that the risk of severe illness and hospitalisation due to the Omicron variant to pupils and vaccinated adults is low. However, Covid has had a significant impact here at  Poplars Farm. We are aware of many children and staff who have suffered having tested positive and many who have taken weeks to recover (myself included as a Long Covid sufferer).  Last half term was our most challenging period to date regarding the health and subsequent availability of staff, with the highest number testing positive since the start of the pandemic.  Unlike a number of schools, we did manage to keep all classes and school open.

For this reason, despite the lifting of legal requirements, we plan to adapt a cautious approach this half term:

  • Staff will be encouraged to continue to wear face coverings in communal areas. We will support staff who chose to wear face coverings at other times.
  • We have asked staff to continue to test themselves when they deem necessary (feeling unwell, outbreak of cases in their class, identifying as a close contact, for example).
  • We will continue to undertake extra cleaning sweeps of school throughout  the school day.
  • Children will continue with handwashing procedures.
  • The Site Manager will continue to check ventilation in learning spaces using CO2 monitors.
  • We will continue with staggered breaks and lunches and morning drop off/end of school collection procedures.  These arrangements will be reviewed in mid March.

 

Adults and children who test positive will be advised to staff at home and avoid contact with other people for at least 5 full days (the day of the test is day 0) and then continue to follow the guidance until they have received 2 negative tests on consecutive days. This absence from school will be recorded as illness. We are sure that you will agree that children with key symptoms of Covid-19 should not attend school, given the potential risk to others. The government’s guidance does state that if a parent insists on sending their child into school where they have a confirmed or suspected case of Covid-19, schools can take the decision to refuse the child, in order to protect other pupils and staff. Online learning through Google Classroom, will continue to be available for children isolating (if they are well enough).

Thank you for your support over the past two years. We are currently planning opportunities for you to come back into school, which we greatly look forward to. These will be communicated to you as this half term proceeds,  as we become aware of the impact of the ‘Living with Covid’ guidance. The protection of the whole Poplars Farm community remains our priority. 

 

Yours faithfully,

Mrs JSpeak

Headteacher

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