LA’s key COVID-19 messages for schools 26 November

26 Nov 2021

Rising infection rates in primary schools

Primary school children now having the highest case rates in the borough. The rates in primary school children have more than doubled since half term and the local authority has drafted a local response plan. This will be discussed with head teacher representatives before being finalised and circulated early next week.

Vaccination weekend Friday 26 - Sunday 28 November

Additional capacity is being made locally so that people can get their first, second, or booster jabs. Here is a full list of vaccine centres and pharmacies in the local area and neighbouring boroughs on the North West London CCG website. Please can schools promote to the wider school communities.

Risk assessing school events

Schools are reminded of the need to undertake a risk assessment prior to in-person events such as open days and parents’ evenings.

Schools have adapted to enable these events to go ahead through the use of ticketing, smaller groups, encouraging use of face coverings and adhering to baseline covid measures. Please note, schools that have reached DfE thresholds may not be able to go ahead with in-person events (depending on how they are run). This should be discussed with LCRC and the local authority on a case-by-case basis.

C02 monitors and Air cleaning units

  • The remaining schools who have not been provided with CO2 monitors by the DfE will receive these over the remainder of the autumn term. Individual schools will be contacted by the suppliers directly for delivery dates.
  • The DfE will make 1,000 air cleaning units available for special schools and alternative provision settings who meet strict eligibility criteria including having sustained high CO2 readings. Any eligible settings can apply here before the 7 December.

Self-isolation

  • A reminder that anyone who has tested positive for Covid-19 and is self-isolating can return to school after 10 days provided that their symptoms have gone or if the symptoms remaining are a cough or anosmia (loss of smell), which can last for several weeks.
  • Anyone who has previously received a positive Covid-19 PCR test result should not be re-tested within 90 days of that test, unless they develop any new symptoms of Covid-19.

Covid case notifications

  • Schools continue to notify the local authority of any positive Covid cases using the notification form on EGfL
  • A request to schools to make it clear in the subject title of emails to the LA if any DfE thresholds are met.
  • A request to schools to send notification of any positive cases when they become apparent, and not to bulk send notification forms to the LA.
  • A request to schools to no longer send notification forms to Ealing’s Public Health Team. Forms should be sent to schoolshealthandsafety@ealing.gov.uk
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