Covid update, 29.11.2021
The Department for Education has asked us to share the following message with parents and carers:
On Saturday 27 November, the Prime Minister announced new temporary measures following the emergence of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 in the UK.
The new measures will be introduced as a precaution to slow down the spread of the variant while we gather more information. We will continue to keep this under review as the situation develops.
Face coverings should be worn in communal areas in all settings by staff, visitors and students, unless they are exempt.
Students should continue to wear face coverings on public and dedicated school transport, unless they are exempt.
Contact tracing and isolation
The current guidance on contact tracing and isolation remains in place. In addition to these, any suspected or confirmed close contacts of the Omicron variant will be asked to isolate for 10 days regardless of vaccination status or age. You will be contacted directly and told to isolate.
What this means for Castle Hill
We will continue to encourage the wearing of face coverings in busy communal areas (but not in lessons), but are well aware that many students have specific needs that would make the wearing of face coverings difficult. Students will not be challenged or punished if they choose not wear a face covering.
Your child should stay off school if:
- They have symptoms of Covid and are awaiting a PCR test result,
- They have had a positive lateral flow test result,
- They have had a positive PCR test result,
- They have been contacted by Test and Trace and told to isolate because they have had close contact with somebody who has the Omicron variant.
In all instances please contact school to keep us informed of the situation.
If you are ever unsure as to whether your child should or shouldn't attend school, please phone school before sending them in.