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This is a reminder of the guidance we all have to follow regarding keeping everyone safe in school.

If children and adults in the school display these symptoms:

• continuous cough
• high temperature
• loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell

Update 6/9/21

Latest government advice regarding Covid-19 is as follows:

Individuals are not required to self-isolate if they live in the same household as someone with Covid-19, or are a close contact of someone with Covid-19, and any of the following apply:


-          They are fully vaccinated.

-          They are below the age of 18 years and 6 months.

-          They have taken part in or are currently part of an approved Covid-19 vaccine trial.

-          They are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons.


Instead, they will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace, informed that they have been a close contact with a positive case and advised to take a PCR test.

Children should continue to attend school as normal. Children do not need to wear a face covering within in school.

Schools may still be asked to take additional measures, such as sending groups of pupils home to help break chains of transmission.

Everyone who has one of the symptoms of Covid-19 should isolate and await results of a PCR test as they did before. Children who have symptoms of Covid-19 will not be able to return to school until a negative PCR test has been obtained. Any child who tests positive for Covid-19 will not be able to return to school for at least 10 days following the onset of symptoms.

Drybrook Primary Schools Online Provision...

At Drybrook School, our online offer means that ALL children will be taught in live lessons from their teachers. We do this using Google Meet and Google Classroom, both of which are safe to use because they link to the child and staff accounts. Staff have all been trained on the use of these platforms and we continue to work on our own CPD so that we can ensure that these lessons are the best they can be.

Any child who does not have access to the technology needed to work online is allocated a Chromebook from the school.

Children follow a planned timetable of lessons lasting between 15-minute inputs for the very young children to half an hour slots for the older children with the teachers and TAs available to work with any child who is having trouble or needs extra 1:1 help. Each class has its own timetable which is on their class page.

The school is open to vulnerable children and those of critical workers and we ensure that there is in-class support for these children. Every child on the SEND register is allocated a key worker and they check in to ensure children are accessing their learning. Children with EHCPs will continue to work with their allocated TA (where applicable). TAs are all working online and are available to support children in lessons. Children in receipt of the Pupil Premium remains a primary focus in all that we do (including feedback and support).

To support wellbeing and safeguarding, we start every day with check-in for class teachers. Any issues can then be raised with the admin team or family support worker and we also operate an immediate contact policy regarding non-attendance to online lessons.

We continue to have a dialogue with parents/carers and children so that we can make any changes based upon feedback received.

Useful links - 

All households with children of school age to get 2 rapid COVID-19 tests per person per week

What parents need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during COVID-19