- School staff will no longer be testing twice-weekly
- Children who have a high temperature or are unwell, should remain home and avoid contact with other people
- Staff (adults) who have symptoms of a respiratory infection and a high temperature or are unwell, should remain home and avoid contact with other people
- Children testing positive for Covid-19 should stay at home and avoid other people for at least 3 days, returning to school after this point or when well enough to do so
- Staff (adults) testing positive for Covid-19 should stay at home and avoid other people for at least 5 days, returning to school after this point or when well enough to do so
Due to these new guidelines, we no longer need negative tests from children or staff before returning to school.
HOWEVER, the virus does continue to spread at a high rate, particularly in schools. We have had more Covid-19 related staff and pupil absence this term at Bealings, than ever before. This obviously causes disruption to the education of ALL pupils, either through having to rely on home learning or because their teacher or teaching assistant isn’t present to teach them.
Many of you will be aware of the number of high schools and other primary schools who are having to close classes due to staff shortages. We will do everything we can to avoid this, but it will be more likely if we do not continue to try to prevent the spread of this virus.
Please, therefore, remain vigilant and do not allow your child to come to school if they are displaying any symptoms for Covid-19 or are generally unwell.
We also continue to encourage you to keep your child at home if someone in your household tests positive with the virus. In almost all cases of Covid-19 in parents or siblings so far, the other children in the house have picked up the virus within a few days (sometimes remaining asymptomatic).
We will continue to set work via Seesaw for any pupils isolating and well enough to access tasks.
Thank you for your continued support in what continues to be a trying time.
The coronavirus catch-up premium was used to benefit our oldest pupils who would be leaving us to transition to high school at the end of 2021. We used this extra grant to partially fund an extra teacher within the year 5/6 class, resulting in them being taught by two fully qualified teachers three days per week for that academic year.
This additional expertise maximised the development of the whole child, judged by the level of confidence, enthusiasm and happiness the children carried with them as they moved on to year 7.
Returning To Primary School – advice from the government
After School Pick Up (new system)