On Monday 21 February, the Prime Minister set out the end of legal restrictions in England related to Covid. There are significant changes for schools:
- Twice weekly testing for pupils and staff will end with immediate effect.
- From Thursday 24 February –
- Self-isolation for people who test positive for Covid will end but they will still be advised to stay at home and avoid contact with others for at least five full days.
- Routine contact tracing will end.
- From Friday 1 April –
- Free mass testing will end.
- People with Covid symptoms will be asked to exercise personal responsibility when deciding whether to stay at home, until then they are still advised to do so.
These announcements have obvious implications for everyone but schools in particular. Whilst we welcome the return to normality, we have a duty of care to all pupils and staff. In removing restrictions the Government has placed great emphasis on personal responsibility so when deciding whether your child should attend school, please use the same judgement as you would for any infectious condition.
In line with the Government’s document Living with Covid-19, we will continue to adopt safer behaviours to reduce the risk of infection:
- Ensuring schools remain well-ventilated.
- Allowing face coverings to be worn if an individual so wishes.
- Encouraging personal responsibility by asking those clearly unwell to stay at home to reduce infection rates.
- Encouraging everyone to wash their hands regularly.
I realise that for some the ending of Covid regulations will be daunting but working together, as we have done throughout the pandemic, will enable us to navigate our return to normality as smoothly as possible.
Thank you in advance for your continued support.