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December 16, 2021
Sunderland Public Health Update – Confirmation of arrangements for the beginning of January 2022
We know this Autumn Term has continued to be a very challenging time for schools and we appreciate everything you as parents/carers have done to help us reduce the risk of Covid-19, in our school.
The Schools Covid-19 Operational Guidance and Education Contingency Framework have been updated, following announcements about moving to Plan B and changes in the guidance for testing and isolation of close contacts of positive cases.
The advice below will be subject to change, if and when there are further changes to national policy. The following testing and isolation measures are in place at this time:
The following national recommendations remain in place for schools:
Local Context and Additional Advisory Measures for Spring Term
At the current time recorded cases of Covid-19 in Sunderland continue to be high and it is anticipated they will increase in the coming days, following the emergence of the Omicron Variant of Concern. The recorded cases of Covid-19 amongst school age children have reduced, but rates of infection remain much higher than across the general population in Sunderland.
In response to this situation, and to help ensure as many children and young people as possible remain in face-to-face education, the additional advisory measures previously recommended from 1st November 2021 continue to be in place for the remainder of this term.
The additional measures set out below are advised for at least the first 2 weeks of the Spring Term. They will be reviewed regularly as infection levels change and in response to any further changes in national guidance (the national measures implemented under Plan B will be reviewed on 5th January and will expire on 26th January, unless they are extended).
Based on this guidance, school closes for the Christmas break at 12.30 pm on Friday 17th December 2021 and reopens for Teaching on Wednesday 5th January 2022.
This will take place in School on Tuesday 4th January 2022 – individual appointments will be made for any child who is Secondary age (Y7 – Y11) to attend school for their assisted Lateral Flow Tests on this day. They will return home immediately after their LFD Test. Parents will be notified within 30mins of a positive result.
To support the onsite testing, primary learners will return to school on Wednesday 5th January 2022 – can we please ask our parents/carers to ensure that all children who have any symptoms should book a PCR test prior to them returning to school.
I want to thank you all for your support and understanding after what has been a very successful, but challenging term. I would like to wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas and look forward to seeing you all in the New Year. Please continue to stay safe and well.
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