Covid-19: Important information for Parents

Latest Covid-19 Secure Measures from 19th January 2022

 

The following applies to the whole school, from Little Rooks Nursery to Sixth Form:

 

Self-isolation rules

 

Your child must stay off school and self-isolate if:

  • They experience any of the following symptoms: high temperature; new, continuous cough; loss of sense of taste or smell; or
  • They test positive on a lateral flow device (LFD) test.

 

They should obtain a PCR test and continue to self-isolate until:

 

  • They receive a negative PCR result,
  • They have completed 10 full days of self-isolation (with Day 1 being the day after they experience symptoms or the day after the PCR test, if asymptomatic); or
  • They have completed a shortened self-isolation period as follows:

 

  • People who are self-isolating with COVID-19 will have the option to reduce their isolation period after 5 full days if they test negative with a lateral flow device (LFD) test on both day 5 and day 6 and they do not have a temperature. For example, if they test negative on the morning of day 5 and the morning of day 6, they can return to their education or childcare setting immediately on day 6.

Please note that the date of first symptoms or first positive test is counted as Day Zero.

 

The first test must be taken no earlier than day 5 of the self-isolation period, and the second must be taken the following day. All test results should be reported to NHS Test and Trace.

If the result of either of their tests is positive, they should continue to self-isolate until they get negative results from two LFD tests on consecutive days or until they have completed 10 full days of self-isolation, whichever is earliest.

Anyone who is unable to take LFD tests or anyone who continues to have a temperature will need to complete the full 10 day period of self-isolation.

Further information on self-isolation for those with COVID-19 is available.

We will provide appropriate learning opportunities through Teams where a child is self-isolating but is otherwise well enough to study.  If a child is unwell, we would want them to concentrate on recuperating and therefore will not set work for them.

 

Close contact rules                                          

 

If your child is identified by NHS Test and Trace as a close contact of someone with Covid-19 (for example, if they live with someone with Covid-19) they can continue to attend school provided that:

 

  • They do not have any symptoms
  • They take daily LFD tests for seven days (if 5 years or older).

 

Under 5s do not need to take daily LFD tests, but are recommended to obtain a PCR test if they live with someone with Covid-19 or they are likely to come into contact with someone in a high-risk category.

 

Please note that parents who are self-isolating are not allowed to come into school to drop off/collect their children and therefore they should make alternate transport arrangements.

 

Vaccinations

 

All children over 12 and the most at-risk children aged 5 to 11 are eligible for at least two doses of Covid-19 vaccines, with some children eligible for a third, booster dose.  Rookwood will continue to work with the School Age Immunisation Service (SAIS) in facilitating vaccinations at school and we strongly encourage eligible children to be vaccinated as this helps keep them and the wider community safe.  However, it is up to each family to decide whether or not their child will be vaccinated and SAIS will never vaccinate a child without their parent’s consent.

 

The following applies to Senior School and Sixth Form only:

 

LFD Testing

 

All Senior and Sixth Form students are strongly encouraged to take twice-weekly LFD tests at home for which test kits will be provided by the School.  As the school outbreak in September demonstrated, it is very important that students do maintain their testing regime throughout the term.

 

Mask Wearing

 

All Senior and Sixth Form students must wear masks in communal areas (corridors, the dining hall unless sat down and eating, and school buses), unless medically exempt.  Exempt students are now required to wear a sunflower lanyard as this helps staff quickly identify who should or should not be wearing a mask.  Parents should also contact the school office, if they have not already done so, if their child is exempt.

 

Students are highly encouraged to bring two masks to school each day, changing them at lunch time.  For environmental reasons, we recommend that students use washable cloth masks.  However, we do have a small number of disposable masks available from the office if a student forgets their masks.

 

We will continue to provide a hot lunch service in the main hall but may make some changes to timings and layout in order to reduce the risk to the students.

 

Hygiene and cleaning

 

Pupils should continue to wash or sanitise their hands on a regular basis.  When sneezing or coughing, pupils should use a disposable tissue or, if unavailable, their elbow.

We will continue to clean the site regularly throughout the day, with particular attention given to high risk areas (door handles, key pads, desks and tables, toilets).  Pupils will be expected to help with sanitising their own desks and tables.

 

Ventilation

 

It is important for rooms to remain ventilated whilst also balancing the need to ensure a comfortable learning environment.  We will continue to monitor this balance during these colder months.

Assemblies

We will not currently run whole-school assemblies.  Other gatherings, will be separately risk assessed and will follow the latest guidance available at the time.

Monitoring and Feedback

Rookwood School is continuously monitoring its provision and welcomes feedback from staff, parents and pupils. This can either be done by contacting form tutors or emailing educationsupport@rookwoodschool.org

Latest Covid-19 Secure Measures from 19th January 2022

 

The following applies to the whole school, from Little Rooks Nursery to Sixth Form:

 

Self-isolation rules

 

Your child must stay off school and self-isolate if:

  • They experience any of the following symptoms: high temperature; new, continuous cough; loss of sense of taste or smell; or
  • They test positive on a lateral flow device (LFD) test.

 

They should obtain a PCR test and continue to self-isolate until:

 

  • They receive a negative PCR result,
  • They have completed 10 full days of self-isolation (with Day 1 being the day after they experience symptoms or the day after the PCR test, if asymptomatic); or
  • They have completed a shortened self-isolation period as follows:

 

  • People who are self-isolating with COVID-19 will have the option to reduce their isolation period after 5 full days if they test negative with a lateral flow device (LFD) test on both day 5 and day 6 and they do not have a temperature. For example, if they test negative on the morning of day 5 and the morning of day 6, they can return to their education or childcare setting immediately on day 6.

Please note that the date of first symptoms or first positive test is counted as Day Zero.

 

The first test must be taken no earlier than day 5 of the self-isolation period, and the second must be taken the following day. All test results should be reported to NHS Test and Trace.

If the result of either of their tests is positive, they should continue to self-isolate until they get negative results from two LFD tests on consecutive days or until they have completed 10 full days of self-isolation, whichever is earliest.

Anyone who is unable to take LFD tests or anyone who continues to have a temperature will need to complete the full 10 day period of self-isolation.

Further information on self-isolation for those with COVID-19 is available.

We will provide appropriate learning opportunities through Teams where a child is self-isolating but is otherwise well enough to study.  If a child is unwell, we would want them to concentrate on recuperating and therefore will not set work for them.

 

Close contact rules                                          

 

If your child is identified by NHS Test and Trace as a close contact of someone with Covid-19 (for example, if they live with someone with Covid-19) they can continue to attend school provided that:

 

  • They do not have any symptoms
  • They take daily LFD tests for seven days (if 5 years or older).

 

Under 5s do not need to take daily LFD tests, but are recommended to obtain a PCR test if they live with someone with Covid-19 or they are likely to come into contact with someone in a high-risk category.

 

Please note that parents who are self-isolating are not allowed to come into school to drop off/collect their children and therefore they should make alternate transport arrangements.

 

Vaccinations

 

All children over 12 and the most at-risk children aged 5 to 11 are eligible for at least two doses of Covid-19 vaccines, with some children eligible for a third, booster dose.  Rookwood will continue to work with the School Age Immunisation Service (SAIS) in facilitating vaccinations at school and we strongly encourage eligible children to be vaccinated as this helps keep them and the wider community safe.  However, it is up to each family to decide whether or not their child will be vaccinated and SAIS will never vaccinate a child without their parent’s consent.

 

The following applies to Senior School and Sixth Form only:

 

LFD Testing

 

All Senior and Sixth Form students are strongly encouraged to take twice-weekly LFD tests at home for which test kits will be provided by the School.  As the school outbreak in September demonstrated, it is very important that students do maintain their testing regime throughout the term.

 

Mask Wearing

 

All Senior and Sixth Form students must wear masks in communal areas (corridors, the dining hall unless sat down and eating, and school buses), unless medically exempt.  Exempt students are now required to wear a sunflower lanyard as this helps staff quickly identify who should or should not be wearing a mask.  Parents should also contact the school office, if they have not already done so, if their child is exempt.

 

Students are highly encouraged to bring two masks to school each day, changing them at lunch time.  For environmental reasons, we recommend that students use washable cloth masks.  However, we do have a small number of disposable masks available from the office if a student forgets their masks.

 

We will continue to provide a hot lunch service in the main hall but may make some changes to timings and layout in order to reduce the risk to the students.

 

Hygiene and cleaning

 

Pupils should continue to wash or sanitise their hands on a regular basis.  When sneezing or coughing, pupils should use a disposable tissue or, if unavailable, their elbow.

We will continue to clean the site regularly throughout the day, with particular attention given to high risk areas (door handles, key pads, desks and tables, toilets).  Pupils will be expected to help with sanitising their own desks and tables.

 

Ventilation

 

It is important for rooms to remain ventilated whilst also balancing the need to ensure a comfortable learning environment.  We will continue to monitor this balance during these colder months.

Assemblies

We will not currently run whole-school assemblies.  Other gatherings, will be separately risk assessed and will follow the latest guidance available at the time.

Monitoring and Feedback

Rookwood School is continuously monitoring its provision and welcomes feedback from staff, parents and pupils. This can either be done by contacting form tutors or emailing educationsupport@rookwoodschool.org