Coronavirus Guidance Update
Our Trust of Schools are experienced at managing risk and are now well-practised at keeping staff, children and their families safe in line with COVID-19 guidelines. We continue to up-date our risk assessment in line with government guidance and these can be found below.
Within the Ted Wragg Trust, the safety of students and staff is paramount: this includes mental, emotional and physical wellbeing. And education is precious. We are committed to continuing to provide our pupils with high-quality and meaningful learning experiences both on site and at home where necessary.
Remote education for children who are unable to attend because they have tested positive for COVID-19 and need to self-isolate, but are well enough to learn from home will be provided. You can find out about your school’s remote education offer on their website. Please do make sure you speak to the school directly if your child does not have access to a device or the internet.
Our schools and sixth-forms will be carrying out testing up-to three working days before the start of term and across the first week back. Your child should then continue to test twice weekly at home until the end of September, when this will be reviewed.
For further information on accessing a COVID-19 test follow the below Devon County Council link.
The government has said it is no longer necessary to keep children in consistent groups (‘bubbles’) or to keep groups apart as much as possible. This means that assemblies and larger group activities can resume.
The government has removed the legal requirement to wear face coverings but expects and recommends that they 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.
Due to Devon, alongside Plymouth, Torbay, being designated an ‘enhanced response area’ because the case rates of coronavirus across these authority areas is still relatively high school pupils and staff in secondary schools and colleges only are being asked to wear face coverings in communal/shared spaces, such as corridors and canteens, unless exempt. This requirement does not extend to the classroom.
Contact Tracing and self-isolation
If your child has symptoms of COVID-19 or tests positive they must self-isolate immediately – do not send them to nursery, school or sixth-form.
Please inform your school if your child tests positive for coronavirus.
NHS Test and Trace will work with the positive case and/or their parents to identify close contacts.
If someone you live with has symptoms of COVID-19, or has tested positive, you don’t need to self-isolate if any of the following apply:
- you’re fully vaccinated – this means 14 days have passed since your final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine given by the NHS
- you’re under 18 years, 6 months old
- you’re taking part or have taken part in a COVID-19 vaccine trial
- you’re not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons
Instead, NHS Test and Trace will inform affected individuals, children or their parents or carers that they have been in close contact with a positive case, and advise them to take a PCR test.
For further information about COVID-19 in children follow the below NHS link.
Full Risk Assessments for each site are available from the following links:
- St James
- St Luke’s
- West Exe
- Marine Academy Secondary
- All Saints Academy
- Queen Elizabeth’s School
This guidance may change and the Ted Wragg Trust are constantly monitoring the situation, for further information relating to education and full opening for schools click here.