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Current Covid Situation

Our COVID response under new guidelines - November 2021

We had a positive case of COVID 19 at Woodfield School reported on Wednesday 24th November (see details here) and we just wanted to take the opportunity to inform all parents of how we are responding to positive cases under new guidelines. 

As you are aware, in order to reduce the disruption to children and young people’s education, government guidance around how schools should respond to positive cases of COVID-19 changed on the 19th July 2021: What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges 

Following the change in guidance on 19 July 2021, the school will continue to ensure confirmed cases of COVID-19 do not attend until the end of their self-isolation period but contact tracing within the school setting will no longer continue. Instead, and in order to prevent avoidable spread in school, we encourage all pupils and staff to continue with the twice weekly LFD testing, to report all positive test results to us as previously and to follow-up the positive result with a confirmatory PCR test. You may be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and asked to get a PCR test if your child has been identified as a close contact.

Please note that: 

  • it is unlikely the school will be advised to close classes if a positive case is recorded, instead anyone required to self-isolate will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace  

  • your child should continue to attend as normal if they remain well. We encourage household members that are aged 11 and over to continue with twice weekly Rapid Lateral Flow testing to help identify cases promptly. These tests should have been sent home with your child already, if not, please contact your class teacher.  

  • if you are worried that a case has been reported at the school and have not been contacted directly by NHS Test and Trace, you can arrange for your child to take a PCR test, even if they do not have symptoms, because they may be at higher risk of being infected.  

In terms of preventative measures, the school continues to: 

  • provide Rapid Lateral Flow testing kits for all pupils to test twice weekly at home.  

  • provide Rapid Lateral Flow testing kits for staff to test twice weekly at home. 

  • operate in three separate zones/bubbles where contact between staff and students in differing zones is limited as much as possible. 

  • require staff to wear masks or visors in their class bubbles (as much as possible) and in all indoor communal spaces around the school. 

  • encourage regular handwashing and sanitizing. 

Can I send my child to school if someone in my household has symptoms of COVID-19, or has tested positive for COVID-19? 

If your child is under 18 years, 6 months old, then they are able to attend school. We do ask that you do the following in this instance: 

  • let the office know 

  • arrange for your child get a PCR test 

If your child is over 18 years, 6 months old, then they cannot attend school and must self-isolate. 

If you have any questions regarding the arrangements, please contact Patsy Hudson or your child's form tutor. (Form Tutor and teacher contact details are here)