Covid-19 Information and Updates

Covid-19 Information and Updates

Covid-19 information and updates will be given here.

Changes to Covid-19 Safety Measures from 24 February 2022

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

The following changes to Covid 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. 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 selfisolate following contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid 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 reintroduce 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).

Changes to Covid-19 Safety Measures from February 2022

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

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:

The national changes in testing do not apply to specialist secondary special educational needs and disability (SEND) settings – Beaumont Hill Academy.

We will continue to:

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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Changes to Covid-19 Safety Measures from January 2022

You may be aware that the government have announced that pupils are now required to wear face covering in lessons, in addition to communal areas, unless they are exempt. It is the responsibility of parents/carers to provide a face-covering for their child – please ensure that your child has one when attending school for testing and also on Thursday when they return to school. Pupils will not be sanctioned for not having a face-covering on Thursday or Friday, but from Monday sanctions will be in place i.e. a uniform violation. 

In addition, you may also be aware that the guidance for self-isolation has changed. However, on the basis of discussions this morning at the Trust’s Executive Leadership Team and Public Health Clinic, including the massive increase in cases locally to 1,123 per 100k of population, the vulnerability of some of our children and staff, and clarification around the legal position, until such time as there is a change in guidance, the EVAT Trust will be sticking with the legal requirement of a 10-day self-isolation period. We will NOT be applying the 'reasonable adjustments' and asking staff or pupils to use LFD tests to come back earlier than 10 days on days 7 or 8. 

We will continue to monitor the situation throughout the coming weeks and keep you updated with our contingency plans. Should we have a high number of cases amongst pupils or staff, we may have to move one or more year groups to remote education with short notice. Please prepare for this contingency and ensure your child has access to a suitable device. Please contact Mr Hinnigan (ahinnigan@educationvillage.org.uk) in school if this not the case.


Changes to Covid-19 Safety Measures from Monday 28 June 2021

The following changes to Covid-19 Safety Measures in School from Monday 28 June 2021.

Based on advice from Public Health England and in light of the significant rise in cases involving the Delta variant. We are reintroduction of face coverings for pupils, students and staff within indoor communal/high traffic areas or settings where social distancing cannot be maintained, for a temporary period. We therefore strongly recommend that your child wears a face covering from Monday 28 June and from Tuesday 29 June this will be compulsory, unless your child has an exemption. All of the other Covid-19 safety measures continue to be in place to minimise risks to pupils and make the school as safe as possible. 

A reminder is as follows: 

  1. Staggered start and end times to the school day; separate entrances to school 
  2. Staggered break and lunchtimes, separate venues; cleaned between year groups 
  3. Social distancing particularly from other year groups where possible 
  4. Sanitising of hands on entrance to and exit from classroom; cleaning of learning area at the start of the lesson; hand sanitisers around the building 
  5. One-way system in place 
  6. 4-week timetable in place to further reduce movement of pupils around the building

More information can be found in the letter sent 25 June 2021 - Change in Recommendations letter - June 2021.pdf


Changes to Covid-19 Safety Measures from Monday 17 May 2021

The following changes to Covid-19 Safety Measures in School from Monday 17 May 2021.

  1. Face-coverings are no longer required to be worn by pupils in classrooms or in communal areas. However, “The reintroduction of face coverings for pupils, students or staff may be advised for a temporary period in response to particular localised outbreaks, including variants of concern”. If any pupils wish to continue to wear a face-covering, they can do so. 
  2. Pupils and staff should continue to use lateral flow tests twice a week. 
  3. All other safety measures will remain in place, the most important of which is the washing/sanitising of hands throughout the day and the cleaning of work areas at the start of each lesson. 

We would also like to take this opportunity to remind you of the main symptoms of Covid-19:

If your child develops any of the symptoms of COVID-19, they should remain at home and arrangements should be made for them to be tested. 

More information can be found in the letter sent Friday 14 May 2021 -  Letters



Remote education provision: information for parents

The information provided in the linked document below is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils and parents/carers about what to expect from remote education if local restrictions require entire cohorts (or bubbles) to remain at home.

Remote Learning Parental Information

Please find attached the results of the recent Remote Education Surveys 2021 (pupils and parent/carers), thank you to all those that responded. We are apprecaitive of all the positive comments and actioning areas for improvement. 

Remote Learning Survey Summary - Spring First Half Term Combined Survey.docx