SPRINGCROFT PRIMARY SCHOOL IS OPEN TO ALL PUPILS
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update - Friday 17th September 2021.
From Monday 16th August 2021, unvaccinated young people up to the age of 18 years and 6 months and fully vaccinated adults, are no longer required to self-isolate if they live in the same household as someone with COVID-19, or are a close contact of someone with COVID-19. Those identified as a close contact will be informed by NHS Test and Trace that they have been in close contact with a positive case and advised to take a PCR test. We strongly encourage all individuals to take a PCR test if advised to do so. There is no requirement to self-isolate while awaiting PCR test results and so individuals can attend their setting as usual.
Children and young people who attend an education or childcare setting and who have been identified as a close contact, should continue to attend their setting as normal. 18-year-olds will be treated in the same way as children and young people until 6 months after their 18th birthday, to allow them the opportunity to get fully vaccinated. At which point, they will be subject to the same rules as adults and so if they choose not to get vaccinated, they will need to self-isolate if identified as a close contact.
The government has published the COVID-19 Response – Autumn and Winter Plan 2021. This guidance sets out plans for autumn and winter 2021/22 in England. It includes the government’s “Plan A” – a comprehensive approach designed to steer the country through autumn and winter 2021/22. It also outlines a “Plan B” which would only be enacted if the data suggests further measures are necessary to protect the NHS.
The Government have updated the frequently asked questions on changes to contact tracing of close contacts and self-isolation. These can all be found on the document sharing platforms for primary and early years, secondary schools, further education and higher education and children’s social care.
For further information, please refer to the DfE's Schools COVID-19 Operational Guidance.
I must reiterate, both I and the Governors of Springcroft Primary School hold the safety and well-being of our children, their families and our staff of paramount importance. Any decision to make a partial or full school closure, the reintroduction of face coverings, individual temperature taking and the one way system may need to be brought back into operation for a temporary period in response to particular localised outbreaks, including variants of concern. This decision will be made based on local and national data, and with the guidance of Public Health England and the Health and Safety Executive
Your continued support and kindness has been greatly appreciated during the past 18 months and we look forward to continuing to work with you.
Testing now available to anyone with symptoms of coronavirus
The government has announced that anyone with symptoms of coronavirus is now eligible to book a test, ahead of the rollout of the test and trace service. Anyone experiencing a new, continuous cough; high temperature; or a loss of, or change, in their normal sense of smell or taste (anosmia) can book a test. To book a Coronavirus (COVID-19) test here. If you or your household have a possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, guidance for staying at home can be found here.
For the latest information on the COVID-19 positive cases in Staffordshire, please click here.
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COVER FACE - Wear a face covering in enclosed spaces, especially where social distancing may be difficult and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet.
MAKE SPACE - Stay 2 metres apart where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place.
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