Key restrictions in education have now been lifted.
Any bubbles closed up until Monday 19th July will still have to isolate for the full 10 days as the rules around non-isolation for children/ double vaccinated individuals do not change until Monday 16th August.
Please be aware that should there be a local outbreak, bubbles, and other protective measures, may be reintroduced for a fixed time period, in line with PHE guidance.
So the Aspire Health & Safety team can continue to monitor COVID-19 rates across the Trust, a positive PCR result within your household should still be reported ASAP to your child(ren)’s school via telephone or email (term time only - during school opening hours).
Since 8th March 2021, attendance is mandatory for all pupils of compulsory school age. Consequently, the Aspire Academy Trust attendance procedure, pre-COVID-19, should be adhered to. Click HERE for the current Aspire Attendance Policy.
Face coverings are no longer advised for staff and visitors either in classrooms or in communal areas and are no longer required to be worn on dedicated transport to and from school.
Testing in schools
Primary age pupils are NOT being tested with LFDs. Public Health England has advised there are currently limited public health benefits attached to testing primary pupils with lateral flow devices. Primary age pupils may find the LFD testing process unpleasant and are unable to self-swab. All staff in primary schools will continue to test with LFDs twice a week at home, as per existing guidance.
Testing outside schools
PHE do not recommend the use of LFD tests on children under the age of 11 years.
There is no need for asymptomatic testing in primary age pupils over the summer period.
Whole families and households with primary school, secondary school and college age children, including childcare and support bubbles, are able to test themselves twice every week from home.
Please note, schools are not be expected to provide the test kits to families or administer the family testing process. Test kits can be ordered online at the link below:
Should any parent, child or staff member of an Aspire academy display any symptoms of COVID-19, they are strongly encouraged to book a test. Tests can be booked through the NHS’s testing and tracing website HERE. Should test results be negative and the person feels well with no symptoms similar to COVID-19, they can stop self-isolating. Other members of the household can stop isolating too.
If someone tests positive, click HERE to follow the government’s ‘Stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection’. They must continue to self-isolate for at least 10 days from the onset of their symptoms and then return to normal routine only if they do not have symptoms other than cough or loss of smell/ taste. The 10-day period starts from the day when they first became ill. If they still have a high temperature, they should keep self-isolating until their temperature returns to normal. Other members of their household should continue self-isolating for the full 10 days.
Please note: Adults who are double vaccinated/children under the age of 18 are not required to self-isolate as of Monday 16th August.
Test & Trace
Education settings are no longer expected to undertake contact tracing and NHS Test and Trace takes over.
However, so our Health & Safety team can continue to monitor COVID-19 rates across the Trust, a positive PCR result within your household should still be reported ASAP to your child(ren)’s school via telephone or email (only during term time/school opening hours).
The Aspire Academy Trust remains actively engaged with the NHS’s Test and Trace protocols.
Any class bubbles closed up until Monday 19th July will still have to isolate for the full 10 days even if this goes past the 19th July date.
From MONDAY 16TH AUGUST, if you are contacted by NHS Test and Trace to confirm you or your child has been a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case, children under the age of 18 years (plus adults with double vaccinations) will not be required to self-isolate. Please take a PCR test if advised to do so and remember, PHE do not recommend the use of LFD tests on children under the age of 11 years.
Free School Meals
As the government is extending the COVID-19 Local Support Grant, a one-off payment Free School Meals voucher is being issued via Wonde for all children eligible for benefits-related Free School Meals. This voucher covers the entire summer school holiday period, i.e. w/c 26th July until w/c 30th August inclusive.
As it is mandatory for children to attend school since 8th March, vouchers are no longer being issued unless PP/FSM children are forced to isolate due to a positive result in their class and it results in a closure. If pupils are not returning due to anxiety, they will not be eligible.
If a PP/FSM child is shielding due to a serious medical condition they may be entitled. In this instance, please contact your child's school directly.
Cornwall Council is continuing to process new applications for Free School Meals. Please ensure you read the eligibility criteria HERE before applying. Please complete the ONLINE APPLICATION FORM (also available via the link below) if you are eligible. The Local Authority is not currently accepting applications in hard copy by post. If you are unable to apply online, please call the Free School Meals team on 01872 323298 and a member of the team will call you back to complete the application over the phone. Please make sure your phone will accept calls from a private / withheld number.
Many families are sadly reaching crisis point financially due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation. If your financial circumstances have changed you may be entitled to Free School Meals. Please follow the link below and complete the online form.
If you receive a notification confirming your entitlement, please email the Aspire Academy Trust at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please visit your child(ren)'s academy website for details of the online learning programme - if your child is not in school.
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Despite the lifting of these restrictions, the Aspire Academy Trust remains vigilant and alert to the ongoing threat of COVID-19 infection to our school communities. Robust health and safety measures will remain in place in every Aspire academy for the autumn term. This includes frequent handwashing, regular hygiene reminders throughout the school day (particularly the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach) and thorough whole school cleaning procedures at the end of each day.
While we welcome a return to (almost) normality, we must all continue to follow public health advice and stay alert.
Page updated: 19th July 2021