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Covid-19 Guidance Update

Published
19.07.2021

Please see below updated guidance.

NHS Test and Trace

From 19 July, schools will no longer be responsible for contact tracing in the event of a positive case. NHS test and trace will make contact with the parents of a positive case and will trace household and community contacts. We have been advised that they will not be contacting schools to track close contacts.

 

Schools responsibilities from 19 July until the end of term will be to:

  • Isolate symptomatic children and send them home, with the advice to take a PCR test
  • Request parents to inform the school of positive cases (both LFT and PCR)
  • In the event of an outbreak, contact the PHE helpline. If you are unsure as to whether the number of cases constitutes an outbreak, please contact healthprotection@gloucestershire.gov.uk for further advice. We are awaiting further guidance on how outbreaks will be managed in future.

 

The DfE has advised that they will be supportive of schools who wish to ask close contacts of a positive case to remain at home until the end of term. The LA recommends this position. This will not be an instruction to self isolate but a continuation of control measures to reduce the risk of further transmission within the school setting. Template letters are attached for use in these circumstances.

 

Any children and staff self isolating prior to the 19th must continue to do so until the end of their isolation period.

 

Face Masks

On 12 July the government made an amendment to Step 4. The government recommends that face masks are worn in enclosed and crowded spaces where you may come into contact with people you don't normally meet. This includes public transport and dedicated transport to school or college.

 

September Start

The SHE team have developed an outbreak management plan and revised the risk assessment in light of current guidance. Please note that the attached documents are for information and guidance only and will be subject to change pending further national or regional PHE guidance and the expected review of the Contingency framework for education and childcare settings.

 

Letter for close contacts (multiple case) updated

Letter for close contacts (single case) updated

GCC draft template outbreak management plan

GCC Covid risk assessment for educational settings

 

We will revise all guidance and documents in advance of the start of term and anticipate government guidance changes to happen shortly after the 16 August. We will also develop another set of FAQs for both schools and parents for the start of the new academic year.

 

 

 

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