Covid 19 Guidance for Parents and Students

Updated 2nd September 2021

Reporting symptoms and isolating
Any student who is experiencing symptoms of Covid which are: new or continuous cough, change or loss of taste or smell, high temperature – must stay at home and book a PCR test.

Please let the school know about this by informing absence@watfordboys.org

If a student has been identified as a contact of a positive case (either in school or elsewhere) NHS Test and Trace will be in touch directly to check whether there is a legal requirement for them to self-isolate.

If they are not legally required to self-isolate, they will be provided with advice on testing and given guidance on preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Those under-18, irrespective of their vaccination status, will not need to self-isolate immediately if they are a close contact of a positive case – these children will still be able to attend school. 
However, they will be advised to take a PCR test and, if positive, will need to isolate.
We strongly encourage you to take this advice and to take a PCR test at the earliest opportunity – any absence to attend a PCR testing centre will be approved by the school.

18 year olds will be treated in the same way as children until 6 months after their 18th birthday, to allow them the opportunity to get fully vaccinated. After the age of 18 years and 6 months, our students will need to isolate if they are identified as a contact by NHS ‘Test and Trace’ unless they have been vaccinated.

Vaccinations
Young people aged 16 and 17 have been invited by the NHS to receive a COVID-19 vaccination, ideally before the start of the autumn term, to help avoid the illness and disruption that COVID can cause. The good news is that in Hertfordshire, nearly 40% of 16 and 17 year-olds have already been vaccinated.

All of Hertfordshire’s larger vaccination centres are operating ‘walk-in’ vaccination services for young people. No appointment is necessary and 16 and 17 year-olds do not need the consent of their parents or guardians to have the vaccine. They are welcome to bring a parent, carer or friend along with them to get their vaccine if they’d like to.
To find a local vaccination clinic in Hertfordshire, young people and their parents should check this website, which is regularly updated: https://covid.healthierfuture.org.uk.

We have not received any details about vaccinations for younger children or what role, if any, that schools will have in delivering a vaccination programme. NHS organisations in England have been told to make preparations to vaccinate all 12 to 15-year-olds, but a final decision is awaited.

Hygiene measures in school
Hands: We have retained the additional washing stations in the school playgrounds, so we will still be encouraging the students to wash their hands on arrival and to sanitise regularly throughout the day using the hand sanitiser units at the entrances to each building. They are also encouraged to continue bringing their own supply of hand sanitiser.

Face: There is no requirement for any student to wear a mask at any time, except on attending their first LFD test in school. However, students will be permitted to wear these if they wish to do so. If that is the case, parents should remind their sons that wearing a face covering can increase the risk of Covid infection if the mask is touched frequently and/or hands are not sanitised regularly.

Ventilation: We will be keeping windows and doors open to maintain good ventilation on the site and we are expecting the delivery of CO2 monitoring devices from the government to confirm that we have good systems in place.

Adaptations through time The information above outlines that arrangements for the start of the year - September 2021. It seems likely that things will change through time, but there is little to be gained from speculating. We will, as ever, adapt as required.