William Byrd Primary Academy

Covid-19 Operational Update for September 2021

Wednesday 21 July

Dear Parents/Carers                                      

As you may be aware there have been changes to the Government guidance around managing Covid-19 within educational settings. 

From the start of the Autumn term, the school will no longer be responsible for contact tracing of close contacts. When a person tests positive they will be required to co-ordinate with the NHS Test and Trace application to identify close contacts. For children this will be conducted by yourselves. 

From 16 August 2021, children under the age of 18 years old will no longer be required to self-isolate if they are contacted by NHS Test and Trace as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case. Instead, children will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace, informed they have been in close contact with a positive case and advised to take a PCR test. We would encourage all individuals to take a PCR test if advised to do so.

Whilst face coverings are no longer a legal requirement, we will still be asking staff to wear them in internal, communal areas. We will also continue to follow our enhanced cleaning regimes, frequent hand sanitising, encouraging twice weekly lateral flow testing for school staff and ensuring spaces are as well ventilated as possible. At the start of the Autumn term we will continue to limit events within school and will review this as the term progresses.

From September we will no longer be operating in bubbles and classroom activities can mostly return to normal. We will also revert to our normal start and finish times, however we will still operate our separate entrances and exits for drop off and collection:

Year Group Start Time Finish Time Entry Point

Doors/gates open at 8.40am

Doors shut and lessons start at 8.50am

3.00pm Main Green Gate
3 3.05pm Classroom Doors
4 Classroom Doors
5 Side Gate
6 Side Gate

‘Early Byrds’ breakfast club: door opens at 7.45am and closes at 8.10am. £1 per child (free for children in receipt of Pupil Premium)We are delighted to be reopening our breakfast club and extended after school club from Monday 6 September 2021. Please note that Breakfast Club will return to its usual start time of 7.45am.

‘Blue Byrds’ after school childcare: 3.00pm/3.05pm until 5.00pm. please contact the school office for prices and booking information.

Please can I remind families who are travelling abroad to be mindful of any quarantine or isolation requirements on their return to the UK. School starts again on Monday 6 September and we would urge parents/carers to consider the potential impact of a delayed start on their children’s attendance and education. Attendance remains mandatory from the start of the Autumn term.

Finally, important advice from the Government remains the same. Pupils staff and other adults should follow public health advice on when to self-isolate and what to do. They should not come into school if they have symptoms, have had a positive test result or there are other reasons requiring them to stay at home due to the risk of them passing on Covid-19.

Any further details including updated risk assessments will be published in September and placed on the school website.

If you have any queries or require any further information, please contact the school via email enquiries@williambyrd.school


Yours sincerely

Mrs S. Roberts

Head of School