Important Coronavirus Update 28.11.21 - To all Parents and Carers from David Hood, Headteacher

Dear Parents and Carers,

Please see below the text of an email I have sent to all students this evening. I draw your attention to the text of the message from the DFE at the foot of my email and ask you to support your child to take the action described.

Thank you in advance

David Hood
Headteacher

Cressex Community School

Dear Cressex Student

You may have heard that a new variant of the Coronavirus, called “Omicron”, has been discovered. The Prime Minister made an announcement about this yesterday (Saturday).

As a result, The Department for Education (Government) has written to schools today explaining what we should do. You’ll see a copy of part of the message that the Government sent at the bottom of this email. The most important thing for us to do straightway is to wear face masks in “communal areas” – i.e. when you come into school, in corridors at lesson changeover time and in lunch queues. You may also choose to wear a mask in lessons if you wish. Students who are not able to wear a mask because of asthma etc. do not need to.

You should also carry on doing the coronavirus tests twice a week at home. Ask us if you need another supply of tests.

I will write to parents separately, but please show this email to your parents too.

We look forward to seeing you in school tomorrow.

Mr Hood
Headteacher

Information for all education and childcare settings on new measures in response to the identification of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 in the UK

On Saturday 27 November, the Prime Minister announced new temporary measures following the emergence of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 in the UK.

The new measures will be introduced as a precaution to slow down the spread of the variant while we gather more information. We will continue to keep this under review as the situation develops.

Face coverings

Face coverings should be worn in communal areas in all settings by staff, visitors and pupils or students in year 7 and above, unless they are exempt.

Pupils or students (in year 7 or above) should continue to wear face coverings on public and dedicated school transport, unless they are exempt.

Testing

All educational and childcare settings should continue to encourage staff and students to test twice weekly using lateral flow device (LFD) tests.

Contact tracing and isolation

The current guidance on contact tracing and isolation remains in place. In addition to these, any suspected or confirmed close contacts of the Omicron variant will be asked to isolate for 10 days regardless of vaccination status or age. You will be contacted directly and told to isolate.

Vaccination

All eligible staff and students aged 12 and over are encouraged to take up the offer of the vaccine, including boosters.

Vaccines are our best defence against COVID-19. They help protect young people and adults, and benefit those around them. Vaccination makes people less likely to catch the virus and less likely to pass it on.

To book a vaccination, please visit: Book or manage a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination – NHS (www.nhs.uk).