Coronavirus Information

UPDATE 28 Feb 2022 – Please see latest guidance in relation to Covid:

‘Living with Covid’ plan (see here). The key points of the Government’s living with Covid-19 plan are as follows: 

From the 21st February the Government has: Removed the guidance for staff and students in most education and childcare settings to undertake twice weekly asymptomatic testing. 

From 24th February the Government will: Remove the legal requirement to self-isolate following a positive test. Adults and children who test positive will continue to be advised to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for at least 5 full days and then continue to follow the guidance until they have received 2 negative test results on consecutive days. No longer ask fully vaccinated close contacts and those aged under 18 to test daily for 7 days, and remove the legal requirement for close contacts who are not fully vaccinated to self-isolate. End self-isolation support payments, national funding for practical support and the medicine delivery service will no longer be available. End routine contact tracing. Contacts will no longer be required to self-isolate or advised to take daily tests. End the legal obligation for individuals to tell their employers when they are required to self-isolate. Revoke The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No. 3) Regulations. 

From 24th March, the Government will: Remove the COVID-19 provisions within the Statutory Sick Pay and Employment and Support Allowance regulations (this allows for SSP to be paid from day 1 rather than day 4)

Do not leave home if you or someone you live with has either:

a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)

a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)

a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild infection.

Check the NHS website if you have symptoms:

COVID-19 Response – Spring 2021
Roadmap out of lockdown

Information and updates can be found at:
NHS – Testing and Tracing for Coronavirus

Gloucestershire County Council Funds
COVID-19 Emergency Living Fund and COVID-19 Fund for Children

What parents and carers
need to know about school, colleges and other educational settings during the coronavirus outbreak

Frequently Asked Questions – What you can and can’t do

Find out what support you can get if you affected by Coronavirus.

Increased Covid measures until the end of term letter – 24 Nov 2021
Advice to All Parents – Positive Covid Cases – 16 July 2021
GCC Letter to parents – Increase of pupils with COVID symptoms – 24 June 2021
GCC Updated COVID Guidelines for Summer Term 2021
GCC letter – Step three: One step closer to a more normal way of life – 24 May 2021
Twice weekly tests – Members of households with school aged children March 2021
Return to school – 8 March 2021
Parental reminder regarding critical workers letter 12 Jan 2021
NHS – Test and Trace Letter Sept 2020
Covid-19 Parent Update Nov 2020
Covid-19 Parent Update Dec 2020
Unmanageably high numbers in school – letter 20 Jan 2021

The Importance of Hygiene.

Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19, especially washing hands more; and the catch it, bin it, kill it strategy for those with coughs and sneezes.

Wash your hands more often for 20 seconds with soap and hot water.

In addition to hand washing before eating and after sneezing, both children and staff should also wash hands after using toilets and after travelling on public transport.

Effective hand hygiene messages:
NHS advice:

Public Health England has a dedicated webpage with a range of posters and digital materials at:
Sign up is quick, free and means you will be alerted as more resources are made available.

Department for Education advice for Coronavirus for all early years providers, schools and further education providers.

Department for Education coronavirus helpline.
The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is now available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday), 10am – 4pm (Saturday & Sunday)
Phone: 0800 046 8687

DfE guidance for education:
Closure of educational settings information for parents and carers

Educational resources.
The e-Bug project is led by Public Health England and has a dedicated webpage for learning resources on hand washing and respiratory hygiene.

Online Safety
When using any computer, tablet, or smartphone remember SMART;
SAFE: Don’t give out your own information
MEET: Only meet people you have met online with your parents
ACCEPTING: Only open emails & texts from people you trust
RELIABLE: Some people online tell lies, only talk to real world friends and family
TELL: Tell a parent or adult you trust if something you see online makes you feel uncomfortable.

More information can be found via the schools Online Safety page.
In addition: Guidance for parents and carers: keeping children safe online can also be found here