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Message for parents/carers of pupils attending: - Haughton Academy - Springfield Academy - Gurney Pease Academy - Beaumont Hill Academy - Marchbank Free School

Message for parents/carers of pupils attending: Haughton Academy –
Springfield Academy – Gurney Pease Academy – Beaumont Hill Academy – Marchbank Free School

The following changes to COVID 19 restrictions in England came into force on 24 February 2022:  

There is no longer a legal requirement to self-isolate if you test positive for COVID 19. Advice remains to stay at home if you can and avoid contact with other people

 There is no longer a need to take daily tests and the legal requirement to self-isolate following contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID 19 has also been removed

 Fully vaccinated close contacts and those aged under 18 will not have to test daily for 7 days and routine contact tracing will end.

It’s our absolute priority to do everything we can to keep pupils in face-to-face education, whilst minimising the risk of infection for all users of our sites. For pupils this means:

If you have any of the main symptoms of COVID and/or a positive test result, you should stay at home and avoid contact with other people. Further guidance is available from UKHSA guidance for people with Covid-19 and their contacts

If you test positive, you are 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 you have received 2 negative test results on consecutive days

If you are a contact of a positive case, you should attend your education setting as usual.  This includes people who have been in close contact within your household

We no longer recommend that face coverings are worn in classroom or in shared/communal spaces. We will keep this under review and may re-introduce the wearing of face coverings should we experience an outbreak of the virus

Pupils, staff and visitors may continue to wear a face covering in shared/communal spaces if they wish to.

The national changes in testing do not apply to staff or pupils in specialist secondary special educational needs and disability (SEND) settings, such as those in Beaumont Hill Academy, or to staff in other SEND settings, such as Marchbank Free School and other departments in Beaumont Hill Academy.

We will continue to ask all staff members and pupils working in SEND settings to test regularly and to observe Government guidelines in the event of a positive test

Where we can and while stocks last, we will continue to make testing kits available to pupils and staff members. Pupils and staff members can also access test kits by ordering them online or via their local pharmacy.

We will continue to:

·         Ventilate shared and communal spaces and places where social distancing is difficult

·         Encourage staff members and pupils to regularly wash and sanitise their hands

·         Encourage good respiratory hygiene through the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach

·         Regularly clean high-touch and shared spaces.

Further information on Covid and the removal of restrictions can be accessed here: COVID-19 Response: Living with COVID-19 - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk).

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The Education Village Academy Trust (EVAT) is a five-school multi-academy trust governed by an overarching Board of Trustees.

The Trust comprises two Primary Schools: Springfield Academy and Gurney Pease Academy, in addition to Beaumont Hill Academy (an all-age Special school), Marchbank Free School (a primary Special school) and Haughton Academy (Secondary).