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COVID-19 Control Measures for the start of Term

Under the new guidance, schools are required to put in place the following control measures:

  • Taking a preventative approach and following public health advice, including recognising symptoms, testing, self-isolating, and managing confirmed cases (see public health advice below)

  • Good hand and respiratory hygiene including frequent hand cleaning and catch it, bin it, kill it

  • Enhanced cleaning arrangements

  • Keeping occupied spaces well ventilated

    In addition, at Garth Hill College, we will also:

  • Continue wiping down desks after use (eg. after each lesson). This will be reviewed at end of September.

  • Operate one-way systems wherever possible, although not possible in all areas of the College. A corridor protocol will also be introduced to mitigate risk of contact as pupils pass each other on corridors.

Although face coverings are no longer advised for pupils, staff and visitors either in classrooms or in communal areas, we will respect the individual’s right to wear one if they so wish. We will review and confirm advice on the wearing of face coverings in corridors and communal areas at the start of the new term.

Asymptomatic Testing On-Site at the Start of Term
At the start of term in September, all students should receive two on-site LFD (lateral flow device) tests, 3 to 5 days apart, on their return to school. The start of term will be staggered to manage this. Students will be able to return to school after their first negative test. The provisional schedule for the first test and return to school dates is:

Year Group

First Test Date

Return to School Date

Years 7, 12 and 13; Rise Year 7

Thursday 02 September

Friday 03 September

Years 10 and 11; Rise Years 8-11

Friday 03 September

Monday 06 September

Years 8 and 9

Monday 06 September

Tuesday 07 September

The full testing schedule and return to school dates will be confirmed towards the end of the summer holiday. Students will be issued with LFD test kits to commence after their second test in school. Staff and students will then be required to test twice weekly until the end of September, when this will be reviewed.

Contingency Plans - Outbreak Management

The College’s has a ‘back up’ plan in case the situation @garthhillcoll @garthhillcoll necessitates (eg. in the event of local outbreak). Under the direction of the Local Health Protection Team, some measures may be introduced (eg. bubbles’) for a temporary period. The College may also have to consider restoring the timings of the day operated during 2020-21 in such an event.

Public Health Advice

It is important that all members of the College community follow public health advice:

  • When an individual develops symptoms or has a positive test, she/he must follow advice on when to self-isolate and what to do.
  • Individuals should not come into school if they have symptoms, have tested positive or other reason requiring them to stay at home due to risk of infecting others (eg. required to quarantine).
  • If anyone in school develops symptoms, however mild, they will be sent home and should follow public health advice. Individuals with symptoms should avoid public transport and, where possible, be collected by a member of the family or household.
  • The household (including any siblings) should follow public health stay at home guidance for households with possible or confirmed COVID-19 infection.

From Step 4, close contacts will be identified via NHS Test and Trace and schools are no longer required to contact trace, except in exceptional cases.

From 16 August 2021, children under the age of 18 years old will no longer be required to self-isolate if they are contacted by NHS Test and Trace as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case.

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

  • 18-year-olds will be treated in the same way as children until 4 months after their 18th birthday, to allow them the opportunity to get fully vaccinated. After this time, they are subject to same rules as adults.

LFD Testing and Confirmatory PCR Tests

Staff and pupils with a positive LFD test result should self-isolate in line with the stay at home guidance. They will also need to get PCR test to check if they have COVID-19. If the PCR test is taken within two days of the positive lateral flow test, and is negative, it overrides the LFD test and the pupil can return to school, as long as they have no symptoms.