23 February 2022
Welcome back to school after the half term break, it is lovely to be reminded that spring is on its way with the lighter mornings and evenings and the daffodils starting to bloom.
It was also encouraging to hear the Government announce their plans for Living with COVID-19 on 21 February 2022, (all of the changes can be found on page 22 of the guidance). However, there are understandably questions it raises and there is still the concern that if staff become unwell with the virus it does put pressure on whether the school can operate as normal. I therefore ask that we all move forward, living with Covid-19 and considering the impact not just on ourselves but on others too.
The key messages from the Government announcement and from Surrey County Council to schools are:
- Pupils and staff should attend school if they are well.
- Pupils and staff should stay at home if they are unwell.
- If anyone in your school develops COVID-19 symptoms, however mild, the school should send them home and they should follow public health advice.
- Have a PCR test if you have COVID-19 symptoms and stay at home and avoid contact with other people if you test positive for at least 5 full days and then continue to follow the guidance (tests will remain available until the end of March 2022)
- Get vaccinated
- Let fresh air in if meeting indoors, or meet outside
- Wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces, especially when coming into contact with people you do not usually meet and when rates of transmission are high
- Wash your hands and follow advice to “Catch it, Bin it, Kill it”
I appreciate that as we move into this new guidance there will still be questions and possibly not always clear answers. However, I ask that you err on the side of caution with symptoms if unsure and make decisions that are in the best interest of everyone to stop the spread and to keep staff teaching and classes open.
We naturally want to get back to ‘normal’ as soon as possible but will move with caution. We ask that we are all sensitive to the wishes of others when mixing around school. Some parents and staff may feel more comfortable wearing masks when meeting and that is fine.
Thank you for your continued support.
Mr J Hills