Covid-19 Updates

Covid Updates 19/7/21: 

The UK are moving to Step 4 of lockdown restrictions from today – 19th July as intially planned. 

What this means for your child: 

Schools have been given advice that they may – should they wish – end bubble groupings as of today, and face masks do not need to be worn in communal areas. 

However as the number of cases continues to rise, Ellis Guilford is, as many schools will be, adopting a cautious approach in this last week of term. Consequently we have no plans to make changes to bubble groups in lessons and at break times. 

Restrictions still apply in schools regarding ‘Hands Face Space’ to minimize the risk of the spread of coronavirus. Schools are not generally deemed as high risk areas as long as guidelines are adhered to, in the continuation of providing education for your child whilst keeping them as safe as possible. For more information on control measures in school, the schools full risk assessment is available on the links below. 

Your child does not have to wear a face covering in schools or in lessons but we will support any individual to continue to do so wherever social distancing cannot be maintained, should they wish to do so. 

Testing your child at home:  

Home testing should continue, particularly throughout breaks and holidays and before returning to school after weekends. Please see an important message from the government here: 

https://dfemedia.blog.gov.uk/2021/06/18/a-letter-to-secondary-school-and-college-parents-in-england-on-continuing-regular-covid-19-testing-from-gavin-williamson-secretary-of-state-for-education/?utm_source=18%20June%202021%20C19&utm_medium=Daily%20Email%20C19&utm_campaign=DfE%20C19

We encourage all students to pick up home lateral flow test kits from school. These are also available from chemists and test centres. For full information on Covid testing at home please see our ‘Home Test Kits’ page by selecting the page from the dropdown menu on the left.  

A huge thank you to all parents who have supported their children in testing at home, this will have a positive impact on stopping the virus from spreading. Please remember that EVERY test done must be logged on the government’s website: 

https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result

Anyone advised to isolate should continue to use their home kits in case they have a positive test, in which case you should ring school to let us know. You MUST also order your confirmatory PCR test from https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test 

Update on Positive Cases –   

Over the last few weeks we have seen a rise in cases in the student community – the majority of these were amongst year 9 students. As a precaution we asked a number of students who may have been in contact with these students to isolate at home for 10 days. Some of these students will be returning to school this week. 

As of 19th July, school will not be contact tracing students who report a positive case – this will be done by NHS Test and Trace – see the Contact Tracing Letter to Parents information page for more details. 

A link to a general letter for parents regarding positive cases is issued at the bottom of this page.  

Please keep in touch with us via: covid@ellisguilfordschool.org.uk and we will continue to answer any queries you have as best we can.  

Many thanks,  

Ellis Guilford Covid Support Team