Tapton School Academy Trust

Covid-19 - Latest Updates

Welcome to the start of a new term. 

We hope that you have all had some time to rest and enjoy the summer. We look forward to welcoming our students back to school.

Many of the Covid-19 restrictions have now lifted following government guidance and we will no longer operate bubbles for students. We do have some measures in place to keep our students, staff and the wider community as safe as possible.

The main measures we have in place in Trust schools are: 

  • Ensuring good hygiene for everyone
  • Maintaining appropriate cleaning regimes
  • Keeping occupied spaces well ventilated
  • Following public health advice on testing, self-isolation and managing confirmed cases
  • Reviewing risk assessments 
  • Contingency planning for increased measures should cases rise. 

Our risk statement can be found here.

What you can do to help us

1. Main Measures

  • Support us in promoting good hygiene with our students. Ensure that your child continues to regularly wash their hands - this is an important measure to reduce transmission.
  • Continue to follow government guidance. Visit the government website for details on current guidance.

2. Vaccines

We know the vaccination is effective in protecting people against Covid-19 and that more and more people in Sheffield have been vaccinated. We encourage everyone to take up the vaccines where available to you. 

Getting vaccinated is the most important thing you and your family can do to help us stop the virus. As well as all those 18 years and over, vaccination is now being offered to those aged 16 and 17 years. They can get their vaccine at several places across the city with or without an appointment. You can find further details on vaccination sites here.

If you haven't booked your own vaccination or haven't had your second dose, please arrange to do so as soon as you can. You can book online or call 119 free of charge to make an appointment.

3. Testing 

Testing continues to be important. 

When school restarts, secondary age children will be asked to take 2 lateral flow device (LFD) tests at school three to five days apart. It is important that they then continue to test twice a week at home, at least until the end of September when this will be reviewed. 

Staff will be asked to continue to test twice a week at home, at least until the end of September when this will be reviewed. 

4. Face Masks

The government has removed the requirement to wear a face covering in law, but expects and recommends that they are worn in enclosed and crowded spaces where you may come into contact with people you don't normally meet. 

Wearing a face mask in other situations in school is now a personal choice. 

We will continue to follow 4E's in line with the updated approach:

Expect: we will expect secondary students and all adults to wear a face mask when in an enclosed crowded space where you may come into contact with people you do not normally meet (this does not include classrooms).
Enable: we will provide a face mask for any student who wishes to have one but doesn't yet have their own 
Encourage: we will encourage each other to take responsibility for our own personal safety and to make the right choice to ensure we all feel safe and cared for. We also encourage if you see someone wearing a face mask, to ask them if they would prefer you to wear a mask.
Educate: everyone will learn why, how and when it is appropriate to wear a face mask. 

  • If there is a medical reason, or another reason, why staff or students cannot wear a facemask then they do not have to wear one, and this should be discussed with the Headteacher. 
  • Primary children are not expected to wear a face mask. 
  • Masks are not expected to be worn in classrooms by staff or students. 
  • Visitors to all schools will continue to be expected to wear a face mask at all times where they are in enclosed spaces and social distancing is not possible. 

5. If you have symptoms

If your child has COVID-19 symptoms, they must not come into school. They should go for a PCR test and isolate.

6. If a student is identified as a contact of a positive Covid-19 case

You may be contacted by NHS Test & Trace or the school/setting and informed that your child has been identified as a contact. They will not need to isolate but will need to book and attend for a PCR test. They will be able to continue going to school / nursery if they have no symptoms and are well. If the test is positive or they have symptoms they must then isolate. Others in the household will not be required to isolate if they are fully vaccinated or are below the age of 18 years and 6 months.