In line with current Government guidance, schools are fully open and children should attend regularly as required.
This is all part of the Government's roadmap out of lockdown which is outlined below. As part of this approach, schools are required to follow DfE 'Step 4' Operational Guidance (see attached below) which removes many restrictions during summer 2021. However, we are required to maintain an Outbreak Management Plan (OMP) in order to reintroduce enhanced restrictions in the case of an outbreak or change in advice which utilises the DfE Contingency Framework Guidance (also attached below). Therefore, on this page, you will find information about our procedures and protocols at Yew Tree in those circumstances.
If you have any questions then do not hesitate to get in touch with us via the main office.
Coronavirus Advice & Information
Whilst the Government are removing many restrictions during the summer of 2021, Covid is still in circulation in society and we must all take care to avoid the risk of infection. The main way you can help do this is ensure you take the vaccination when eligible.
Please also take note of the following as you can help to slow the spread of Covid by ensuring you and your children follow these general principles to stop the spread of the respiratory virus:
The most common symptoms of Coronavirus are:
If anybody in your household has displayed symptoms then it is important that they isolate and book a PCR test ASAP.
From 16th August, children are not required to isolate if they have been in contact with somebody who has tested positive. Children are only required to isolate if they have symptoms or have tested positive.
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home.
Anyone experiencing a new, continuous cough; high temperature; or a loss of, or change, in their normal sense of smell or taste can book a test here: www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test
Additionally, if you test positive for Covid19, you will be contacted by the Test & Trace Service. Information about what this means is available online at: www.gov.uk/guidance/nhs-test-and-trace-how-it-works. We would ask you to keep in touch with school via telephone or electronic communication so we can take necessary precautions in terms of advising others about isolation.
Outbreak Management Plan
From September 2021, the Government have instructed for there to be removal of many of the restrictions and measures which we have become accustomed to (as per the guidance above). However, in the event of an outbreak or in light of public health advice, we may be required to increase restrictions for a period of time.
Below, you will find our procedures which we will evoke in this circumstance. Any changes will be communicated to our community with as much notice as possible. However, we do have to be responsive to local or national guidance.
If you are worried about arrangements because your child is extremely clinically vulnerable, or living with somebody who is, then please discuss this with a member of staff by contacting the school. Similarly, if your child has an underlying health condition which you believe makes them vulnerable, please do get in touch with the school.
Yew Tree Primary School will always follow the latest Public Health England and Government advice about the vulnerability of individuals. You can read the latest guidance, about people at higher risk, from the Government website by CLICKING HERE.
In the event that somebody at school tests positive for Covid19 symptoms, we are obliged to share the data we have available with NHS Test & Trace. This includes the names of people who have been in close contact and their contact details. Information about the NHS Test & Trace service, and the information we share, is available to download below. NB: We already hold this information for pupils and staff so you do not need to complete this form.
In the event of an outbreak of Covid19, Yew Tree Primary School will work closely with Public Health England and agree any 'local lockdown' or quarantine procedures necessary and we shall communicate this appropriately. However, please note, we shall not disclose who has tested positive with symptoms. In the event of a any school closure, we shall switch to our Virtual School ASAP and communicate accordingly.
Remote Learning Provision
In the event of full or partial school closures, for reasons related to Covid, we shall instigate our Remote Learning Strategy. This includes remote learning provision in order to mitigate the impact of any lost learning for children. Remote learning provision is a legal responsibility that schools have so please do read the information we have provided carefully. Full guidance, including our Remote Learning Policy & Guidance, is available on the VIRTUAL SCHOOL page of our website.
Home isn’t always a safe place. The closure of schools could put some children at greater risk of abuse and neglect and that’s why we’re supporting the NSPCC. If you’re worried about a child or young person, or if you notice that something just doesn’t seem right, the @NSPCC is here. You can talk to their helpline team who offer free support and guidance on 0808 800 5000 (8am-10pm Mon-Fri / 9am-6pm weekends) or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org 24/7.