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Mrs McKeowns Update
30 November 2021 (by Martin Coyne (m.coyne))
Guidance changes in light of the new Covid variant
Here are the changes that have been made to the DFE guidance for schools.
Changes to the guidance since its 27 September 2021 publication include:
10-day isolation for Omicron close contacts
The current guidance on contact tracing and isolation remains unchanged.
However, in addition, any “suspected or confirmed close contacts of the Omicron variant will be asked to isolate for 10 days regardless of vaccination status or age”. They will also be asked to book a PCR test.
Schools are not expected to undertake contact tracing, with NHS Test and Trace identifying positive cases.
The guidance adds: “You will be contacted directly and told to isolate.”
It says “further actions” for schools may be advised by local incident management teams over Omicron cases.
At Longsands, staff and visitors will be expected to wear masks inside school and continue to use the handgel on arrival and throughout the day. Parents on the playground will continue to have personal choice as to whether or not they wear a mask whilst waiting for their children. I would still remind you to be vigilant over any symptoms and continue to test . We do not want an outbreak in school and I am sure you want to protect each other .