Updated guidance on reducing the risk of COVID-19 in schools has been published. The guidance introduces an important change to self-isolation arrangements. From the start of term:
- Whole classes and large groups will no longer be required to self-isolate for 10 days if a member of the class/group tests positive
- Only the children and young people who Public Health believe are at the highest risk of being exposed to infection will be asked to self-isolate and take a PCR test
- A negative PCR test result will enable an asymptomatic learner to return to school and end their period of self-isolation.
- Only those returning a positive result or displaying symptoms will be asked to complete their 10-day isolation.
Families will still be advised of positive cases in their child’s class and we ask that you remain vigilant to the symptoms of COVID-19 in order to limit any risk to our children and young people.
The vast majority of control measures in place in June 2021 will remain in place until the end of September. This includes the need for secondary pupils to wear face coverings on school transport and in schools. Primary children are no longer required to wear face coverings on school transport. One-way systems, physical distancing and staggered entry and departure arrangements will remain in place as well as enhanced cleaning arrangements. The change in contact tracing arrangements will allow schools to relax some arrangements put in place to maintain ‘bubbles’ and schools will consider what this means when they return for the new term.
Risk assessments for 2021/22
Pupils return to school on Tuesday 17th August. Schools will open with the same controls as were in place last term so the risk assessment in place at the end of June will apply in the first instance. School staff will review arrangements all arrangements in keeping with the updated national guidance. As risk assessments are updated and agreed, they are posted on school websites.
Aberdeen City Council will continue to review local arrangements following the publication of any updated national guidance with the first update anticipated at the end of September. We will keep you up to date with any resultant changes.