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Current Covid Situation

Our COVID response under new guidelines - 20th September 2021

We had a positive case of COVID 19 at Woodfield School reported on Thursday, 16th September 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 

Whenever we are informed of a positive Covid case amongst students and staff, we will: 

  • contact Public Health England who will advise us on how respond accordingly.  

  • inform the parents of the class or bus route affected by the case and encourage them to carry out a Rapid Lateral Flow test (these should have been provided to you through your class teacher)  

  • inform all our staff that there has been a positive case. 

  • carry out additional cleaning of a classroom where a positive case had spent most of their time. 

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)