07 September 2021
Covid-19 Update Autumn term 2021
Following the letter that was sent out at the end of the summer term. I wanted to provide an update on the arrangements for the beginning of the Autumn term 2021. The Government is clear that SEN schools should be open, therefore all pupils and staff should attend their education setting.
You will have seen in the press that due to the high rates of COVID infection being seen currently, the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly, Devon, Plymouth and Torbay areas have been moved to an Enhanced Response Area (ERA) by central government. This will be in place for 5 weeks initially but will be reviewed after 4 weeks.
It is important to highlight that Trust Schools and Area Resource Bases will continue to operate and ensure that the wellbeing, health and safety of pupils and staff remains the priority.
To confirm, Trust Schools and Area Resource Bases will;
To provide reassurance, I thought I would outline the approach that all the Trust’s Schools and Area Resource Bases will adopt from the beginning of the Autumn Term 2021;
If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19 at any time, however mild, please isolate as a household and book a test for the person with symptoms (even if they have already taken a test). Symptoms of COVID-19 are:
You can book a test through https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.
If the test is negative, your child can return to school/ARB setting once they are well and have been fever free (without the support of paracetamol or Calpol) for at least 24 hours.
If the test is positive only unvaccinated members of your household over the age of 18 years must self-isolate for 10 days from the date symptoms started. If other household members become unwell they need to extend their isolation period.
Those who are clinically extremely vulnerable should be supported to minimise their contact with other people in the household during this period, regardless of whether others have symptoms or not.
There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19;
If you are concerned about your child’s symptoms or they are worsening, you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://111.nhs.uk/ or by phoning 111. For most people, Coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.
Trust Schools and Area Resource Bases continue to liaise with Public Health England and to follow Government Guidance. There is a lot of national information and communication messages which can be confusing and there is a lot of misinformation. It is important that, if you are anxious or have any questions, concerns or queries, you contact your school and the Headteacher will answer any questions, provide support and / or guidance. School staff will provide information regularly and, when required, urgent updates should there be positive tests in schools/ARBS with details of the action that is being taken.
Please follow the usual procedures to report to school if your child will be absent.
Thank you for your ongoing support, patience and cooperation.
The Special Partnership Trust