Information about measures in response to the identification of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 in the UK – publisehd 29.11.21

On Saturday 27 November, the Prime Minister announced new temporary national measures following the emergence of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 in the UK.

The new national measures are being introduced as a precaution to slow down the spread of the variant while more information is gathered.

Wilmslow High School is already operating all of these new national measures so there will be no change in school procedures and practice.  However, this provides a valuable reinforcement of our approach and we feel sure that our school community will show a characteristic determination to take personal responsibility for supporting these measures.

Testing – this remains one of the key school measures to help us reduce the rate of transmission and reduce the risk of educational disruption.

Please can we encourage all students to complete twice weekly testing and report the results to the school website (click here)

We are currently re issuing students with:

  • Blue – Innova test kits (double throat and single nasal swab – 30 Minute )
  • Green – Orient Gene test kits (Double nasal swab – 15 Minute processing time)

We recommend testing on Sunday evening/ Monday morning and Wednesday evening/ Thursday morning.

The reporting rate improved this weekend and reflected approximately 50% of the school population.

Face coverings

Face coverings will continue to be worn in communal areas by staff, visitors and pupils, unless they are exempt. Please provide your child with a face covering, this can either be disposable or reusable.

School maintains stocks of face coverings to issue where required.  However, this comes at a cost to the funds available for educational purposes since there is no additional government funding for such Covid mitigation measures.

Contact tracing and isolation

The current guidance on contact tracing and isolation remains in place. In addition to these, any suspected or confirmed close contacts of the Omicron variant will be asked to isolate for 10 days regardless of vaccination status or age. You will be contacted directly by test and trace and told to isolate.

Vaccination

All eligible staff and students aged 12 and over are encouraged to take up the offer of the vaccine, including boosters.

Vaccines are our best defence against COVID-19. They help protect young people and adults, and benefit those around them. Vaccination makes people less likely to catch the virus and less likely to pass it on.

To book a vaccination, please visit: Book or manage a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

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