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COVID-19 Information

This page outlines key details, updates and arrangements on how we are continuing to manage the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

Testing and Symptoms

  • Should your child display any symptoms of Coronavirus please do not send them into school, and take them for a PCR test. 
  • If your child has a positive COVID-19 test results they will need to isolate for 10 dates as per NHS guidance. Please email absence@backwellschool.net to report any periods of self-isolation. Work will be set for them on Frog.

Regular, twice a week, testing at home is encouraged for those without symptoms/not identified as a close contact by NHS Test and Trace. If your child has a positive LFT result please report this immediately to the NHS. You will also need to inform the school by emailing absence@backwellschool.net. They should NOT attend school until the result of the follow up PCR test is known.

If you child is undertaking a lateral flow test (LFT) on days six and seven of isolation, following a positive COVID-19 test, please ensure these tests are taken 24 hours apart and you confirm the negative results by email absence@backwellschool.net.

From Monday 17 January: possible reduction of self-isolation

From Monday 17 January people who are self-isolating with COVID-19 will have the option to reduce their isolation period after 5 full days if they test negative with a lateral flow device (LFD) test on both day 5 and day 6 and they do not have a temperature. For example, if your child tests negative on the morning of day 5 and the morning of day 6, they can return to their education or childcare setting immediately on day 6.

The first test must be taken no earlier than day 5 of the self-isolation period, and the second must be taken the following day. Please email absence@backwellschool.net with the results of these tests, they should also be reported to NHS Test and Trace.

If the result of either of their tests is positive, they should continue to self-isolate until they get negative results from two LFD tests on consecutive days or until they have completed 10 full days of self-isolation, whichever is earliest. Anyone who is unable to take LFD tests or anyone who continues to have a temperature will need to complete the full 10 day period of self-isolation.

Please note these timings apply to those who test positive, or develop symptoms, for COVID-19 on or after Monday 17 January.

From Tuesday 11 January: PCR Tests 

From Tuesday 11 January those who receive with a positive LFT result when undertaking asymptomatic testing will not need to take a confirmatory PCR test. This temporary suspension was announced earlier this week by the Government.

Therefore, from this date, if your child receives a positive LFT result they will need to isolate straight away as per NHS guidelines. Please ensure you email absence@backwellschool.net to inform us of your child’s positive LFT result as well as NHS Test and Trace.

However anyone who develops 1 of the 3 main COVID-19 symptoms should stay at home and self-isolate and take a PCR test. They must self-isolate if they get a positive test result, even if they have had a recent negative lateral flow test – these rules have not changed.

From Tuesday 14 December: Close Contact Testing Update

A new national approach to daily testing for contacts of COVID-19 is being introduced. All adults who are fully vaccinated and children aged 5 to 18 years and 6 months, identified as a close contact of someone with COVID-19 (whatever variant) by NHS Test and Trace should take a DAILY lateral flow device (LFD) test for 7 days. 

The results of these daily tests must be reported to both the School and NHS Test and Trace. Click here to find out more.

If the daily LFT test is negative, children (and staff) can attend school that day.

If the daily LFT test is positive they will need to immediately self-isolate and get a PCR test. If this PCR is positive isolation then apply for 10 days. If the PCR result is negative they no longer need to self-isolate but should continue to carry out the remainder of the daily tests. 

COVID-19 measures on the School Site 

We do still have a risk assessment in place for mitigations in relation to COVID-19. 

Mask Update: 19 January 2022:

The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, announced earlier today that masks will no longer be required in classrooms from Thursday 20 January.

However students still need to bring a mask to school with them as face coverings will still be required (unless medically exempt) in all indoor communal spaces and on transport to and from school until told otherwise.

Students are welcome to continue to wear their masks in the classroom if they wish.

From Term 3 the following mitigations will be in place on the school site:

From Wednesday 5 January 2022 all students, unless medically exempt, are to wear a mask at all times when on the school site except when they are outdoors, undertaking a physical activity or immediately eating or drinking. Children are also required to wear a mask on transport (public or coaches) to and from school.

We do have an exemption list if your child is unable to wear a mask for medical reasons. If your child was previously on this list, and they still have their badge, this arrangement for them will still be in place. Please contact Student Services studentservices@backwellschool.net if your child needs to be added to the exemption list or needs a new exemption badge.

These measures will remain in place until Wednesday 26 January at the earliest.

  • Ventilation of classrooms will continue (as has been the case since September). This means that windows and doors will be open to encourage through-flow of air.
  • Good hand hygiene is essential - students and staff should be using hand sanitiser when entering or leaving a classroom.
  • Visitors to the school site will be restricted - please do not visit the school site without an appointment. Staff will organise telephone meetings where required. Online recordings of Parents' Information Evenings will be made available.  
  • Face masks are required when travelling to school either by coach or on public transport. 
  • Regular at-home testing is also strongly encouraged. Students should test at least twice a week, including through the school holidays.

Other things to note are:

  • Identification of close contacts will remain with NHS Test and Trace. Those identified as close contacts of a confirmed positive case will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace. If this happens please follow their guidance.
  • Self-isolation will only apply to those who test positive for COVID-19 and/or have symptoms of coronavirus.
  • Regular twice weekly at home testing using lateral flow devices is strongly encouraged.
  • School trips, including those abroad can be booked and organised

Remote Learning

As a school we wish to encourage and support students with their studies, if they are well enough to do so, during a period of isolation following the results of a positive COVID-19 PCR test.

Positive COVID-19 students, in all year groups, will have work set for them by their class teachers via Frog. Your child should check Frog and their school email regularly to access this work, which will mirror what would be happening in the classroom.

Therefore if your child tests positive for COVID-19 please confirm this to us as quickly as possible by emailing absence@backwellschool.net. Please let us now the date the positive result was received and final day of isolation for your child. This will allow us to get the above set up for your child as swiftly as possible and within 24 hours of notification (during the school week).

Click here to view our Remote Learning Provision Protocol.

COVID-19 Vaccinations 

The Government have announced that children aged 12-15 will be offered one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Vaccinations have already taken place here at Backwell School (November 2021). Should further dates or doses be offered by the local School Immunisation Team we will update parents.

The NHS have published leaflets on COVID-19 vaccines for children.

Click here for information about vaccinations at Tyntesfield Medical Group on Saturday 15 January.

Click here for information on first-dose vaccinations from Sirona at UWE in December 2021/January 2022. 

COVID-19 vaccinations for children aged 16 and 17

16 and 17 year olds have already being offered a vaccination through the adult vaccination system; The NHS will contact 16 and 17 year olds when it’s their turn to get the vaccine, and they will be invited to a local NHS service such as a GP surgery. Additionally, some walk-in COVID-19 vaccination sites are offering the vaccine to people aged 16 and 17 years.