Current Update Notice - COVID-19 Government Guidance 14th March 2022
Please see the following links for current guidance on COVID-19
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Coronavirus Government guidance for schools
COVID-19 School Update - 14th March 2022
Important information for Parents and Carers - After a thorough deep clean this afternoon, school will be open to all pupils from tomorrow, Tuesday 15th of March as normal. To ensure the safety and wellbeing of all our pupils and staff we ask that your child has a negative test result before coming into school. Please continue to test regularly. If your child is unwell contact school for advice. Thank you for your continued support.
St Helens Public Health have urged Head teachers to continue to follow the 5-day isolation from school guidance if a pupil tests positive for COVID with negative tests on day 5 and 6 for a return to school. From 24th February 2022 new guidelines state: Staff and pupils at Specialist settings remain advised to continue regular twice weekly testing. Penkford will continue to follow this guidance. If your child has a positive test but is not unwell, we can provide work to be completed at home for them. Please continue to test your children regularly, LFTs are available from school if needed.
For further up to date information please follow the government guidance links above.
Delayed start to term for year 4, year 5 and year 6 pupils - 4th January 2022
Due to high COVID staff absences we have reluctantly had to make the decision to delay the start of term for year 4, year 5 and year 6 pupils. This will also enable us to test older pupils and keep everyone #safe. Year 4 year 5 and year 6 pupils will return to school on Thursday the 6th of January.
COVID-19 testing and the start of term - 3rd January 2022
Testing remains important in reducing the risk of transmission of infection within schools. Staff and secondary school pupils should continue to test twice weekly at home, with lateral flow device (LFD) test kits, 3-4 days apart. Testing remains voluntary but is strongly encouraged.
Face Coverings Current Government Guidance - 2nd January 2022
Face coverings help protect the wearer and others against the spread of infection because they cover the nose and mouth, which are the main confirmed sources of transmission of COVID-19.
Where pupils in year 7 (which would be children who were aged 11 on 31 August 2021) and above are educated, we recommend that face coverings should be worn by pupils, staff and adult visitors when moving around the premises, outside of classrooms, such as in corridors and communal areas. This is a temporary measure.
From January 4th, we also recommend that in those schools where pupils in year 7 and above are educated, face coverings should be worn in classrooms. This does not apply in situations where wearing a face covering would impact on the ability to take part in exercise or strenuous activity, for example in PE lessons. This will also be a temporary measure.
Pupils in these schools must also wear a face covering when travelling on public transport and should wear it on dedicated transport to and from school.
In primary schools, we recommend that face coverings should be worn by staff and adults (including visitors) when moving around in corridors and communal areas. Health advice continues to be that children in primary schools should not be asked to wear face coverings.
See Circumstances where people are not able to wear face coverings - on page 8 of Government Guidance for Schools - for exceptions to this.
Face coverings do not need to be worn when outdoors.
Schools, as employers, have a duty to comply with the Equality Act 2010 which includes making reasonable adjustments for disabled staff. They also have a duty to make reasonable adjustments for disabled pupils, to support them to access education successfully. No pupil should be denied education on the grounds that they are not wearing a face covering.
Testing for COVID-19 return to school - 21st December 2021
COVID-19 testing will be available on Penkford School site on Wednesday 5th, Thursday 6th and Friday 7th of January for all pupils. It will be available each morning from 8.30am to 9.15am.
Daily testing of close contacts for COVID-19 – 14th December 2021
From 14th December adults who are fully vaccinated and all children and young people aged between 5 to 18 years and 6 months identified as a close contact of someone with COVID-19, are strongly advised to take a lateral flow device (LFD) test every day for 7 days and continue to attend their setting as normal, unless they have a positive test result.
We have now updated the schools COVID-19 operational guidance and will shortly update other sector guidance documents to reflect this.
Update on the delivery of the 12 to 15 vaccination programme - 14th December 2021
Young people aged 12 to 15 in England will be offered a second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a minimum of 12 weeks from the first dose, following advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).
NHS England have now confirmed that, as with first doses, healthy school-aged children aged 12 to 15 will be able to receive their COVID-19 vaccination in their school next term, as well as having the option to receive the vaccine out of school, such as through vaccination centres.
In school vaccination will begin from Monday 10 January and all schools should have received at least one visit before February half-term. For some very small schools, on-site vaccination may not be appropriate but alternative arrangements will be put in place. More information including consent will be published shortly.
Over the Christmas holidays, parents can already book first vaccinations for their child, if aged 12 or over, through the NHS booking system. Second doses will be available for eligible children by Monday 20 December.
Further information on vaccination for 12 to 15 year olds is available on the NHS website.