Grey or black trousers.
Grey or black shorts (these must not be sports shorts).
White collared shirt or white polo shirt
Navy fleece, sweatshirt or jumper
Black shoes or black trainers.
Grey or black trousers or skirt.
Grey or black shorts (these must not be sports/cycling shorts).
White collared shirt or white polo shirt
Navy fleece, sweatshirt, jumper or cardigan
Blue pique summer dress.
Sensible flat black shoes or black trainers.
Tuesday 18 January 2022 – Primary / Secondary
Update from Essex CC
Dear Parents and Carers,
I am writing to advise you of the changes to Government guidance which come into place from Monday 17th January.
Students and staff can end self-isolation period after 5 full days
Under the new rules, students who are self-isolating with COVID-19 can now end their isolation period after 5 full days.
To do so they must test negative using Lateral Flow Device (LFD) tests on both day 5 and day 6. The first test must be taken no earlier than day 5 and the second must be taken the following day. In order to return to school, your child must also not have a temperature.
Those who are still positive on their LFD tests must stay in isolation until they have had 2 consecutive negative tests taken on separate days or until they have completed 10 full days of self-isolation, whichever is earliest.
All LFD test results should be reported online at: Report a COVID-19 rapid lateral flow test result - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk).
Confirmatory PCR tests temporarily suspended
The Government guidance for those who have a positive LFD test result has also changed. If your child receives a positive LFD test result, they are no longer required to take a confirmatory PCR test. They must still self-isolate at home.
This is a temporary measure while COVID-19 rates remain high across the UK.
You should also report positive LFD test results for your online.
Close contacts of confirmed cases of Coronavirus
Recently the Government changed the rules regarding anyone identified as a close contact of a confirmed, positive Coronavirus case. These rules apply to close contacts of both the Delta and Omicron variants.
Any child (aged between five and 18 years and six months) who is identified by NHS Test and Trace as a close contact of a COVID-19 case does not need to self-isolate.
Instead, they should continue to attend their school, but are strongly encouraged to take daily LFD tests for seven days. If your child tests positive on an LFD test, they should isolate immediately.
Children under 5 years are exempt from self-isolation and do not need to take part in daily testing of close contacts.
Children with Coronavirus symptoms
If your child has COVID-19 symptoms it remains the case that they should stay at home and self-isolate immediately. They should take a PCR test as soon as possible. If this PCR test result is positive, they must continue to self-isolate. You can book a PCR test for your child online: PCR Test Booking.
Asymptomatic testing of children
There is no change to the approach to asymptomatic testing. We continue to strongly encourage all staff, students (primary, secondary and further education students) and all households to take part in regular testing if they are not showing symptoms. This will help to reduce the risk of the virus unknowingly entering the school community. Your school has been supporting your child to participate in twice weekly testing and we continue to encourage this approach and to support schools with their communication to you about this process.
LFD test kits are available from schools. You can also access free LFD tests in a number of ways, including at the local LFD site in your district, by collecting a home LFD kit from a test site, or by ordering online. More information can be found here: Regular Rapid Lateral Flow Coronavirus (Covid-19) Tests.
We appreciate that the changes in guidance can cause anxiety for some but it is important that the education of our children is prioritised this academic year. The likelihood of serious illness in children is extremely low and after many months of serious disruption, the DfE and the Local Authority continue to be committed to ensuring that all children and young people in Essex have every opportunity to thrive.
Thank you for all for the support that you continue to provide for your child’s school at this challenging time.
With best wishes
Health experts have advised that parents of all children aged 5 to 11 years should be offered the chance to have their child vaccinated.
The NHS will contact parents to explain how to make an appointment
In the meantime more information can be found in the leaflet below
BRAND NEW FOR YOU: COVID-19 PANDEMIC RESOURCE HUB
To support you and your family through the COVID-19 pandemic, Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service has created aWe understand this is an extremely challenging time for families, children and young people because everyone’s daily lives and routines have significantly changed. The closure of schools, social distancing and workplace changes is likely to have created new challenges for families.
The COVID-19 Pandemic Resource Hub includes guidance and information on:
- Talking with your children about COVID-19
- Emotional and physical wellbeing – keeping positive
- Support for young people
- Home schooling
- Relationships at home
- Safeguarding yourself and others
- Dealing with a very young baby
- Home safety tips
- Families with children with SEND
- Financial welfare