Face Covering Update - 13/05/2021
Dear Parents and Carers,
The Prime Minister has announced that from Monday 17th May England will move to the next stage of the Covid-19 road-map.
The key changes are:
- People can meet in groups of up to 30 outdoors
- Six people or two households can meet indoors, with overnight stays allowed
- Up to 30 people can attend weddings, receptions and other life events
- Up to 30 allowed to attend a support group or parent-and-child group (not counting under fives)
- Social distancing with close family and friends will be a matter of personal judgement. But people are asked to remain cautious around close contact, like hugging.
- Pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants will be allowed to serve customers indoors
- Indoor entertainment such as museums, cinemas and children's play areas can open
- Theatres, concert halls, conference centres and sports stadiums can all reopen
- Organised adult sports and exercise classes can restart indoors
There are also some recommended changes which will have a direct impact on the health and safety measures within Bradfields Academy.
From Monday 17th May there will no longer be a requirement for students to wear a face covering within the academy. However, we are aware that a number of students would like to continue to wear their face coverings as it provides reassurance and reduces anxiety around the virus. We are therefore, making face coverings optional for students from Monday. Students can choose to wear a face covering if they wish but will not be asked to wear one.
Staff and visitors to the academy will still be required to wear face coverings in community areas or where social distancing cannot be maintained. It is not now recommended for staff to wear face coverings within the classroom, however, we will also be keeping this as a choice for staff should they wish to wear them for reassurance.
Hugging and social distancing
Social contact and hugging with family and friends will be permitted from Monday, with caution. Students may want to ‘hug’ their friends or physically greet them within school, however, they need to be aware that other students may not want to be hugged/greeted in this way and may still be very fearful due to the virus. We want students to continue to social distance from their peers as much as possible while in the academy.
Testing and other safety measures
We urge all families and students to continue with regular lateral flow testing at home/in the academy. This is vital to help identify and prevent any potential outbreaks. All other measures we have put in place within the academy such as the regular use of hand sanitiser, hand washing, cleaning of resources, tables etc. will remain in place for the foreseeable future.
Symptoms and illness
If your child is unwell or if they are displaying any of the following Covid-19 symptoms:
- High Temperature - This means feeling hot to touch on your child’s chest or back.
- A New Continuous Cough - This means coughing a lot for more than an hour or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24hours.
- A loss or change to your child’s Sense of Smell or Taste - This means your child has noticed that they cannot smell or taste anything or that things taste differently from normal.
- Other symptoms include:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD TO BRADFIELDS, DO NOT PUT YOUR CHILD ON SCHOOL TRANSPORT.
Please contact the academy to inform us. Get a test for your child and anyone else showing symptoms within your household. Book your test here: www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or call 119.
Self-isolate the whole household while you wait for the test results. If the result is positive continue to isolate for a total of 10 days since the symptoms began. INFORM the ACADEMY immediately about the TEST RESULT. If your child is unwell with non-covid related symptoms please keep them home until they are well enough to return.
All parents and carers must ensure that you come to collect your child promptly should you be informed that your child has become ill on site and that we need you to collect them. If your contact details have changed you must contact us on 01634 683990 to ensure we have the correct up to date details to contact you.
Thank you for your ongoing support, through working in partnership we are able to keep everyone in our community safe and well