The government has removed many of the restrictions in schools to help reduce the disruption to children and young people’s education. Of course, it is still necessary to be careful and all schools have a robust risk assessment in place.

The main changes from this term are:

  • No bubbles – pupils can mix freely.
  • No need to self-isolate - if pupils are a close contact of a positive case they will be advised to take a PCR test.
  • Social distancing will no longer be necessary.
  • No staggered start and finish times.
  • No curriculum limits (eg indoor sports, music).
  • Staff and visitors who are a close contact will not need to isolate if they are fully vaccinated (latest dose more than two weeks previously). They should take a PCR test.

Staying the same

  • Please continue to let school know if someone tests positive.
  • Secondary school pupils, teachers and staff will still need to test themselves twice a week, using lateral flow tests. If they test positive they still need to book a PCR test and if positive, isolate for ten days. Pupils will be given two tests at school at the start of term then will be expected to test at home.
  • Schools will continue to keep classrooms well ventilated and clean, and encourage good hygiene and hand washing.
  • Pupils should stay at home if they feel unwell and you should book them a PCR test.
  • Everyone who tests positive must self isolate. Their close contacts should take a PCR test.

Since pupils have returned to school in September, we have seen a significant increase in COVID-19 cases in our secondary schools. Our Public Health team has worked closely with all schools to support them to control the spread throughout schools by putting appropriate controls in place.

Unfortunately, cases are still rising, and we have now advised all Salford high schools to return to using face coverings to limit the spread.

Staff and pupils should use a face covering when moving around the school on corridors and all communal areas; this will include all dining areas. Masks can be removed when eating and drinking and when pupils are seated in lessons if appropriate.

What happens if there’s a significant outbreak at a school?

The council’s Public Health team will get involved and support the school to manage the outbreak. They may arrange more testing, reintroduce bubbles, or in extreme circumstances restrict attendance at school to stop the spread.

What if my child is clinically extremely vulnerable?

Pupils who are clinically extremely vulnerable should attend school, but if you are feeling are anxious, you should speak to your school about your concerns and discuss whether any changes can be made to ensure that your child can regularly attend school.

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