ATTENDANCE DURING THE PANDEMIC
The Health and Safety of our whole community is of vital importance, particularly at this time. It is essential that we all work together to keep our school open and all of our pupils, parents and carers and staff safe and well.
We know that irregular patterns of attendance can have a negative impact on a child's social, emotional and academic development. It is vital that children attend school regularly and on time to ensure that they have every opportunity to engage with learning and with their peers.
Following the full return to school in September, school attendance is mandatory once again and has been from the beginning of the autumn term. This means from that point, the usual rules on school attendance apply, including:
- Parents’ duty to ensure that their child attends regularly at school where the child is a registered pupil at school, and they are of compulsory school age (i.e. from their 5th birthday).
- Schools’ responsibilities to record attendance and follow up absence
- The availability to issue sanctions, including fixed penalty notices in line with local authoriries' codes of conduct
Daily attendance is compulsory from a child's 5th birthday. Children are expected to attend school with a percentage of over 96%.
School attendance will be monitored in the usual way. Parents and Carers must contact school by 10am if their child is not coming in. Failure to do so will mean absence is recorded as unauthorised.
Low attendance will result in contact from Mrs Hughes, our Family Liaison Officer and attendance letters will be issued to when attendance falls below 90% regardless of the circumstance.
From 16 August 2021, children under the age of 18 years old will no longer be required to self-isolate if they are contacted by NHS Test and Trace as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case. Instead, children will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace, informed they have been in close contact with a positive case and advised to take a PCR test. We would encourage all individuals to take a PCR test if advised to do so.
Over 18 years of age
18-year-olds will be treated in the same way as children until 4 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. Continue to have a role in working with health protection teams in the case of a local outbreak. If there is an outbreak in a setting or if central government offers the area an enhanced response package, a director of public health might advise a setting to temporarily reintroduce some control measures.
Staff / Pupils
- with a positive lateral flow test result should self-isolate in line with the stay at home guidance and get a PCR test to check if they have COVID-19 and continue to self-isolate
- If the PCR test is taken within 2 days of the positive lateral flow test, and is negative, it overrides the self test and the pupils/staff can return to school as long as the individual doesn’t have COVID-19 symptoms
- If an individual is not experiencing symptoms but has tested positive for COVID-19 they must self-isolate for at least 10 days, starting from the day the test was taken.
All members of the school community should follow PHE advice on when to isolate and what to do.
· All members of the community will be told not to come in should they have symptoms. Household should follow Stay at Home guidance for households with possible Covid infection.
·SPECIFIC ACTION FOR PARENTS/ PUPILS/ STAFF
-Positive LFD Test need to isolate and get a PCR test within 2 days.
-T+T will contact family to let them know that the individual must isolate and they must contact school. -T+T will identify close contacts.
- Children with symptoms will not be permitted to come into school.
-If PCR test taken within 2 days is negative – pupil no longer needs to isolate.
-Pupils do not need to isolate if they are a close contact – so no more bubble closures.
-Close contacts expected to take a PCR test.
-Pupils will not need to self-isolate while waiting for results of PCR test as long as they are asymptomatic. -Pupils with symptoms or who record a positive test will need to self-isolate for 10 days.
When you do not need to self- isolate
• If someone you live with has symptoms of COVID-19, or has tested positive for COVID-19, you will not need to self-isolate if any of the following apply:
A. you're fully vaccinated – this means 14 days have passed since your final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine given by the NHS
B. you're under 18 years, 6 months old
C. you're taking part or have taken part in a COVID-19 vaccine trial
D. you're not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons
Even if you do not have symptoms, you should still:
• get a PCR test on GOV.UK to check if you have COVID-19
• follow advice on how to avoid catching and spreading COVID-19
• consider limiting contact with people who are at higher risk from COVID-19
Confirmatory PCR tests
• Whilst awaiting PCR test, you must continue to self-isolate
• If the PCR test is taken within 2 days of the positive lateral flow test, and is negative, it overrides the self-test LFD test and the pupil can return to school as long as the individual doesn’t have any cv19 symptoms
• Additional info on PCR test kits, home tests for schools