COVID-19

Temporary suspension of confirmatory PCR tests

Confirmatory PCR tests following a positive lateral flow device (LFD) test result have been temporarily suspended from Tuesday 11th January. This will mean that anyone who receives a positive LFD test result will be required to self-isolate immediately and will not be required to take a confirmatory PCR test.

Individuals are only required to take a PCR test if they have symptoms and have a negative LFD (in which case they need to follow the stay at home guidance, self-isolate and order a PCR test)

 

Information about masks

From Thursday 20th January:

  • Pupils in the Senior School will no longer have to wear face masks in classrooms
  • Masks will still be required in all communal areas for all of us, which includes corridors, common rooms, queuing for lunch, and minibuses and coaches
  • If you wish to wear a mask in lessons, you can and we should all respect anyone who chooses to do so
  • We strongly advise Year 8 to continue to wear a mask in lessons for the two remaining days this week due to the cluster of cases in this year group

Changes to the self-isolation period for those who test positive for COVID-19

  • From Monday 17th January, people who are self-isolating with COVID-19 will have the option to reduce their isolation period after 5 full days if they test negative with a lateral flow device (LFD) test on both Day 5 and Day 6 and they do not have a temperature. For example, if they test negative on the morning of Day 5 and the morning of Day 6, they can return to School immediately on Day 6.
  • The first test must be taken no earlier than Day 5 of the self-isolation period, and the second must be taken the following day. All test results should be reported to NHS Test and Trace.
  • If the result of either of their tests is positive, they should continue to self-isolate until they get negative results from two LFD tests on consecutive days or until they have completed 10 full days of self-isolation, whichever is earliest.
  • Anyone who is unable to take LFD tests or anyone who continues to have a temperature will need to complete the full 10-day period of self-isolation.
  • Further information on self-isolation for those with COVID-19 is available.
  • People who are fully vaccinated, or children and young people aged between 5 and 18 years and 6 months, identified as a close contact of someone with COVID-19, should take a LFD test every day for seven days and continue to attend their setting as normal, unless they have a positive test result or develop symptoms at any time.
  • Pupils are strongly encouraged to continue testing twice weekly at home (ideally on Sunday evening and Wednesday evening) and report all results to NHS Test and Trace:  Report Covid-19 results
  • Please also report any positive test results to school via: medical@cliftonhigh.co.uk and absence@cliftonhigh.co.uk
  • Lateral flow test kits can be can be collected from the School Office or the Medical Centre
  • Alternatively, tests can be obtained from your nearest pharmacy, or collection site. For online ordering please see the following website for further details: https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests. We are aware of the issues of availability at the moment and hope that our new stocks arriving soon at school will support you.

 

 

Updated Guidance on Face Coverings

From the start of Term 3 Senior School pupils will be required to wear face coverings in classrooms as well as in all communal areas in the School (unless medically exempt). Pupils are not required to wear a face covering when outside at break times and lunch times and it also does not apply in situations where wearing a face covering would impact on the ability to take part in exercise or strenuous activity, for example PE lessons.

This is a temporary measure laid out by the Government and will be reviewed on Wednesday 26th January in line with the Government’s Plan B review. We would very much appreciate your support in ensuring that your child brings a mask to school daily during this period.

COVID vaccinations 12-15-year olds 

We have received notification from Sirona that they are able to administer a second COVID vaccination to pupils aged 12-15 on 28th January 2022 during the school day at Clifton High School. Consent forms will follow as soon as we receive them.  

 If your child has turned 12 years old since the first round of vaccinations, or if they were unable to receive the first one, they will now be eligible.

 You can also book these vaccinations independently in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. You can book an appointment at a dedicated GP clinic or Vaccination Centre clinic using the online National Booking Service, by calling 119 or by following this link – Healthier Together. There is currently lots of availability.

Pupils were vaccinated with a first dose in school on 15th October (so bookings need to be made 90 days on from this date)

If pupils catch Covid-19 after their first vaccination, they must wait 3 months after their positive test before having their second dose of the vaccine. For more information, please visit www.grabajab.net

If you have any questions (including queries re vaccination status passes) call Sirona directly on: 01275 373104. The medical team at Clifton High School do not have any access to their database.

Please find our Coronavirus Risk Assessment on the Policy Page of our website