COVID Guidelines

You will be aware that the government updated guidance on ‘Living with Covid-19’ during the half term break. Please see the link that details information for schools: COVID-19: people with COVID-19 and their contacts - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

This new government guidance states the following key information for schools:

 “Children and young people with COVID-19 should not attend their education setting while they are infectious. They should take an LFD test from 5 days after their symptoms started (or the day their test was taken if they did not have symptoms) followed by another one the next day. If both these tests results are negative, they should return to their educational setting if they normally attend one, as long as they feel well enough to do so and do not have a temperature. They should follow the guidance for their educational setting.”

Guidance states that anyone who tests positive for Covid-19 should stay at home and avoid contact with other people – this applies to pupils, staff and parents.

As Horsham currently continues to have a much higher than average number of cases per 100,000, we advise all families that school will continue the same approach to taking precautions as we were before the half term break:

· Anyone with symptoms of feeling unwell should stay away from school and get a PCR test.

· Continue to take regular tests at home using Lateral Flow Devices.

· Anyone who tests positive using a PCR or LFD test should stay away from school.

· Any child who shows symptoms in school will be sent home and should be tested.

· Enhanced hygiene and ventilation routines will continue.

· Adults are advised to wear a face covering in school.

The following chart from the updated government guidance shows how to safely return to a normal routine:

Source:  COVID-19: people with COVID-19 and their contacts - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)