COVID-19 – keeping students and staff safe in Northern Education Trust academies

April 21, 2021

Outcomes Focused, Child Centred
Northern Education Trust

COVID-19 – keeping students and staff safe in Northern Education Trust academies

Outcomes Focused, Child Centred
Northern Education Trust

Parent Handbook
April 21, 2021

COVID-19 – keeping students and staff safe in Northern Education Trust academies

As the country has moved to step 4 of the government’s roadmap, the coronavirus handbook for parents is now outdated, although some elements could be reintroduced in the event of a local outbreak of the virus. Should this be the case, parents will be notified. Northern Education Trust academies are maintaining proportionate protective measures such as testing, ventilation and extra hygiene precautions that help keep children and staff safe.  Our priority now is to minimise disruption and deliver face-to-face, high-quality education to all students.

  • At the start of term, secondary and sixth form students are being offered two on-site lateral flow device tests, followed by regular testing at home
  • All staff and students aged 16 and 17, as well as younger children aged 12-15 in certain eligible groups, are encouraged to take up the offer of the vaccine
  • Staff will continue to take regular lateral flow device tests
  • Academies will continue to review COVID-19 risk assessments on a regular basis
  • The Trust has created an outbreak management plan, which will be used in the event of local outbreaks, as identified by public health
  • Academies will continue to maintain the highest standards of cleanliness and hygiene, and ensure good respiratory hygiene by promoting the “catch it, bin it, kill it” approach
  • Academies will no longer use “bubbles”, ie keep children in consistent groups, although these may be reintroduced in some areas in the event of a local outbreak.
  • Academies will no longer carry out contact tracing – this will be done by NHS Test and Trace.  More information about this can be found in the CEO letter to parents
  • The rules on self-isolation have changed and children under the age of 18 and 6 months are no longer required to self-isolate if someone in their household has COVID-19, or they are a close contact of a positive case.  More information about this can be found in the CEO letter to parents
  • Face coverings are no longer advised for students, staff and visitors either in classrooms or in communal areas, although it is still expected and recommended that they are worn when travelling on public or dedicated school transport.  More information about this can be found in the CEO letter to parents

Frederick Nattrass Academy is a member of the Northern Education Trust.
We constantly focus on standards as we understand outcomes are paramount. Our decision making is driven entirely by what is best for children. By doing this we enhance the life chances of the children and young people in our care.