Hethersett Woodside Primary and Nursery continues to be open for all children. We are now operating with less restrictive measures in place, in line with latest government operational guidance. Alongside this, we are guided by Norfolk County Council on risk assessment. As per advice, we also remain adaptive to changing circumstances and committed to working with Public Health England (PHE) if cases arise in school. Therefore, contingency measures are in place to flexibly ‘step up’ and ‘step down’ measures as necessary.
You can find out about our approach to keeping our community safe, with these summary documents:
Lateral Flow Home Testing of COVID-19: School Staff
In the week beginning 25th January 2021, Hethersett Woodside joined a national programme of school-staff testing. The initiative is optional for all of our team but the majority will now be using home-testing kits, twice weekly.
Staff taking part will self-administer the tests twice a week. The purpose is to try and catch cases of the virus which are present in people who do not show any symptoms. In this way, we are introducing another layer of risk management designed to keep everyone safe.
Further information is available, as part of the government’s operational guidance.
Staff are being asked to carry out the tests between 18:00 and 20:00. In some instances, this will be the evening prior to their time in school. In the event of a positive case or two void tests, staff will need to isolate, while they arrange a PCR test and this may mean disruption and possibly even closure at short notice, if we cannot arrange appropriate cover. Of course, this is worst case scenario and we will make it a priority to avoid this and to inform you with as much notice as possible.
Symptoms and Isolation
You can find government guidance on the symptoms and isolation periods necessary here.
We will continue to follow the advice from PHE, local and central government and we will inform you of any changes, as they occur.