Parents COVID-19 Information and Updates
THE COTTESLOE SCHOOL CONTINGENCY PLAN
The Government has made it a national priority that education and childcare settings should continue to operate as normally as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. Following the lifting of national lockdown restrictions in July 2021, The Cottesloe School was able to amend some of the practices and protocols that were followed in the academic year 2020-2021 to allow the school to return to a more normal way of doing things. We remain vigilant to the risk Covid-19 poses to our community and have a number of measures in place to ensure the safety of students and staff. As Government guidance changes, we regularly review and change our protocols accordingly.
The Schools COVID-19 operational guidance sets out the measures that all education settings should have in place to manage the transmission of COVID-19. At The Cottesloe School, we are following this guidance. It includes:
- Staff and students should continue to test twice weekly at home, with lateral flow device (LFD) test kits, 3 to 4 days apart. Testing remains voluntary but is strongly encouraged.
- Those who test positive should isolate and follow the current guidance regarding the length of isolation period and whether a PCR test is needed.
- Guidance on isolation and testing is regularly updated and therefore the specific details are not given in this contingency plan. Staff, students and families are informed of any changes via email and letter home. Guidance is updated by the Government here: www.gov.uk/coronavirus
- Schools and colleges will need to be prepared to implement high-quality blended learning arrangements so that any child who is well enough to learn from home can do so
- Under-18s, irrespective of their vaccination status, and double vaccinated adults will not need to self-isolate if they are a close contact with a positive case.
- 18-year-olds will be treated in the same way as children until 6 months after their 18th birthday, to allow them the opportunity to get fully vaccinated.
- All education and childcare settings should continue to ensure good hygiene for everyone, maintain appropriate cleaning regimes, keep occupied spaces well ventilated, and follow public health advice on testing and managing confirmed cases of COVID-19.
- All settings should continue their strong messaging about signs and symptoms, isolation advice and testing, to support prompt isolation of suspected cases. Settings should also continue to encourage vaccination uptake for eligible students and staff.
As part of these measures, the school is required to have a contingency plan which details the additional actions and measures we will take should the number of cases of COVID -19 in the school population reach the following thresholds:
• 5 children, pupils, students or staff, who are likely to have mixed closely, test positive for COVID-19 within a 10-day period; or
• 10% of children, pupils, students or staff who are likely to have mixed closely test positive for COVID-19 within a 10-day period
Wherever additional measures are considered, the objective is to maximise the number of children and young people in face-to-face teaching and minimise control measures that disrupt education, balanced against the risks of COVID-19 transmission.
Should additional actions be required, we will communicate them to all stakeholders as soon as possible.