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Thank you for all your support during the pandemic. We hope you and your families managed some time to relax over the summer break. 

We have followed all guidance to finalise what measures need to be in place for the new academic  year. 

There are three key changes in schools from the Autumn term: 

1. Keeping pupils in a year group or classroom bubbles to reduce mixing is no longer required. 

2. Close contacts will be identified via NHS Test and Trace, rather than the school (although  they may seek information from the school). 

3. Face coverings are no longer mandatory for pupils, staff and visitors either in classrooms or  in communal areas although we might request that you wear one in some areas or for some particular activities. 

We have completed an extensive risk assessment and still have in place infection control measures to reduce the risk to everyone. These measures include  good hygiene and ventilation. We also have an outbreak management plan describing what we will do if children or staff test positive for coronavirus and how we will operate if we are  advised to reintroduce any additional measures to help stop the spread of the virus. The  Manchester Public Health and Manchester Test and Trace teams will continue to support  us to manage situations where there is an outbreak of positive cases.

Changes to self-isolation rules 

Under the new national arrangements, anyone who has been identified as a close contact of a  positive case of Covid-19 will no longer have to self-isolate - this applies to children who are not  displaying symptoms and adults who have been fully vaccinated (14 days after their second jab)  and are also not displaying any symptoms. Instead, they will be advised to take a PCR test as  soon as possible and anyone who tests positive will still need to self-isolate regardless of their  vaccination status or age. 

It continues to be important that you do not send your child into school should they develop  symptoms, however mild. 

Parent FAQ leaflets 

The last 17 months have been especially tough for our children.  If you have any concerns about your child, please speak to their classteacher in the first instance.




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