Government Changes to Covid-19 Restrictions

26th February 2022

RE: Government Changes to Covid-19 Restrictions – Living With Covid-19

Dear Parent/Carer,

I hope this letter finds you and your family well and enjoying the sunny spring weather. During the Half Term week, the government announced changes to the Covid19 restrictions as part of their ‘Living With Covid19’ plan. Whilst much of the guidance has now been updated, we are still awaiting more detailed information about the intricacies of how these changes apply to educational settings. Once this information has been released we will carry out a full review of our ‘Living with Covid19 Plan’ including any changes to our Covid19 protection measures, risk assessments and updating our parent FAQs accordingly.

For the immediate future there is very little change. I will write again as changes are made but for clarity ahead of the start of term, I have summarised the current updates below:

Ventilation Bodmin College will continue to maintain high levels of ventilation across the college, whilst also ensuring thermal comfort.
Cleanliness Bodmin College will continue to maintain high standards of regular cleaning throughout the day with additional cleaning staff in place. Hand-sanitiser will remain available at all entrances to the college, in classrooms and canteens.
Face Coverings

NEW: Face-coverings are no longer compulsory in indoor spaces such as corridors, classrooms and communal areas. In most situations*, wearing a face-covering is now individual choice. However, to protect our students’ education, face-coverings remain recommended for the immediate future and whilst isolation is still advised. Please note that this is subject to change as required and in accordance with Public Health advice.

We are awaiting further guidance with regards to face-coverings on school transport and will update you shortly. For the immediate future, face-coverings should still be worn on school transport.

*Close contacts should continue to wear face-coverings. There may be other situations where face-coverings are required. More detail will be provided in the updated Parent FAQs.

The clinically vulnerable or those with vulnerable family members may choose to wear FFP2 masks for added protection.

Twice-Weekly LFD Testing

NEW: The government has announced that the testing programme will be scaled back and the provision of free LFD testing kits will cease on 1st April 2022. Although schools will still have access to limited testing kits for specific purposes, we no longer have access to large numbers of LFD self-testing kits for distribution.

For the immediate future, whilst we await detailed local guidance please continue to test where you have free testing kits available. Free testing kits can still currently be ordered here: https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests

The updated government guidance on when to test can be found here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing/get-tested-for-coronavirus/

Symptoms or Positive Test (PCR or LFD)

Although the legal requirement to self-isolate has been lifted, the government is still advising people with Covid19 to stay at home and avoid contact with other people. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-people-with-covid-19-and-their-contacts

Students, staff, parents and visitors should not attend the College site if they have symptoms or have tested positive. The main key symptoms are:

  • New & persistent cough
  • High Temperature/fever
  • Loss of taste or smell

Anyone experiencing these symptoms is still advised to stay at home and arrange a PCR test and inform any close contacts if you can.

Some people experience milder symptoms such as headaches, nausea, fatigue, sore throat. Although these are not recognised as key symptoms, caution should be exercised and LFD testing undertaken.

Close Contacts

NEW: Routine contact tracing ended on 24th February 2022. The general government guidance on what to do if you live with or are a close of someone with Covid19 can be found here.

Although adult household contacts or those that have stayed overnight with someone with Covid19 are advised to work from home where they can, children who are household contacts (or have stayed overnight) are still advised to attend school but take extra precautions to minimise transmission by:

  • Commencing daily LFD testing where available
  • Wearing a face-covering
  • Taking extra hygiene measures
  • Keeping distance where possible
  • Ensuring good ventilation

All non-household contacts are no longer required to stay at home or commence daily LFD testing but should but take extra precautions as above including wearing a face-covering. The same advice for non-household contacts applies to vaccinated and non-vaccinated children and adults.

All contacts should remain vigilant to the symptoms of COVID-19 and PCR test if they exhibit symptoms

Vaccinations Public Health England continue to encourage all those eligible to consider taking up the offer of protection with two doses of the Covid19 vaccine. You can book through the NHS portal here. If you have any concerns or questions about the vaccine, please visit COVID-19 vaccine - Frequently asked questions - NHS Kernow CCG
Remote Learning Access Online resources for every lesson will continue to be available via Satchel:One. Feedback from students, staff and parents has shown these resources to be beneficial for students wanting to revisit work or affected by absence.
Staggered Timings

The staggered timings at the end of the school day have proven to be beneficial in a number of ways, including: reducing congestion at the end of the day. We will continue these timings until further review:

  • 3:20 - Year 7 & 8 End of College Day
  • 3:25 - Year 9 End of College Day
  • 3:30 - Year 10, 11, 12 & 13 End of College Day

As we optimistically navigate a new pathway to living with Covid19, we will continue to liaise closely with the local public health protection team and carefully monitor the impact of these changes on students’ education and staffing levels. Please note therefore, that this information is subject to change along with our Parent FAQs which will be updated again shortly.

In the meantime, I hope that this letter answers any immediate questions that you may have. If your child or a family member is considered as vulnerable, please see the government guidance Covid-19-guidance-for-people-whose-immune-system-means-they-are-at-higher-risk. As always, should you have any queries or concerns please continue to use the covid19 section of our website or use the contact us section of our website to get in touch.

Kindest regards

E Seward-Adams

Mrs Emmie Seward-Adams
Principal