The government has made it a national priority that education and childcare settings should continue to operate as normally as possible as we move to ‘Living with Covid’.
Many of the measures that we put into place to manage Covid-19 at Talbot Primary have a benefit for managing other infectious illnesses that tend to occur in schools. These include:
- Hand hygiene
- Good ventilation
We have also developed new temporary ways of working such as grouping children, limiting mixing, remote learning, and enhanced cleaning. This helped us respond to outbreaks of a variety of illnesses rapidly and helped minimise disruption to the education of the children. As we move to ‘Living with Covid’, and in accordance with Local Authority requirements, some of these measures will remain. This is because measures affecting education may be necessary in some circumstances:
- to help manage severe operational impacts or identified health risks of an infectious illness outbreak within the school and/or
- as part of a package of measures responding to an extremely high prevalence of infectious illness in the community and if other measures have failed to reduce transmission.
The school’s plans to support these measures are outlined in the Outbreak Management Plan. This outlines how we will operate if there is a significant outbreak of any infectious disease. It is important to note that the response if not just restricted to Covid-19. The plan includes how we will ensure every child, receives the quantity and quality of education and care to which they are normally entitled. Please click here to access this document (updated September 2023)
The previous expectations for remote home learning currently remain in place for 2021-22. If you would like access our Remote Home Learning Policy click here. (Reviewed September 2023)
Frequently asked questions (reviewed September 2023)
What should I do if my child has symptoms?
Do not send your child(ren) to school if they show symptoms. They can usually return to school after 3 days if they no longer have a temperature or are feeling unwell. Please continue to liaise with the school on 0113 2934086 or via firstname.lastname@example.org as we recognise that each child can be different.
I am worried about sending my child to school, what can I do?
Please continue to discuss these worries with either Mrs Gill, Mr Rivers, Mrs Liddington or Mr Youdan. We know that these discussions have been helpful and reassuring for those most vulnerable within our community. If you have any worries over the break, please email email@example.com. UKHSA have published the following summary guidance which you may find useful.