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Our Response to Covid

Arrangements regarding Covid-19 management

As at 1 September 2021 for the 2021-2022 School year:

We would like to continue to ensure that Ashford School is a safe environment for our students. As such, there are measures in place to protect the School community.

All classrooms are well ventilated and high touch areas are cleaned regularly.  At the Senior School, desks are cleaned at the end of each lesson and pupils in Years 7-11 should wear masks in lessons and in communal areas of the School.

A reminder, do not send your child to School if:

  • they are showing one or more Covid-19 symptoms
  • they have had a positive test result
  • there are other reasons requiring them to stay at home, for example, they are required to quarantine

We will no longer be operating in ‘bubbles’ but this will remain a part of our contingency plan. Other control measures may be reintroduced temporarily. If this is a requirement, we will notify you accordingly.

Currently children in Year 7-11 should wear a mask when in communal areas and in lessons.  Staff are also advised to wear masks in communal areas.  It is expected and recommended that pupils wear face coverings when travelling on public or dedicated transport.

Should your child, a member of your household or a close contact test positive for Covid-19, you should follow public health advice on when to self-isolate and what to do.  https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-and-treatment/how-long-to-self-isolate/

From 19 July 2021, as with positive cases in any other setting, NHS Test and Trace will work with the positive case and/or their parents to identify close contacts. This is likely to be a small number of individuals who would be most at risk of contracting COVID-19 due to the nature of the close contact. As parents or carers, you may be contacted to help with identifying close contacts.

Individuals are not required to self-isolate if they live in the same household as someone with Covid-19, or are a close contact of someone with Covid-19, and any of the following apply:

  • they are fully vaccinated
  • they are below the age of 18 years and 6 months
  • they have taken part in or are currently part of an approved Covid-19 vaccine trial
  • they are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons

Instead, NHS Test and Trace will inform affected individuals, children or their parents or carers that they have been in close contact with a positive case and advise them on next steps.

Children and young people aged under 18 years 6 months who usually attend school who have been identified as a close contact should continue to attend school as normal. Further information is available in the stay at home: guidance for households.

If a pupil is required to self-isolate but is well in themselves, then we will provide them with online learning. However, we will not provide online learning for children who are absent from school due to being unwell, either with Covid or other illnesses, as the focus should be on their recovery.

If you have a health-related query, please contact our nursing team at healthcentre@ashfordschool.co.uk.

The Department for Education has launched a new helpline to answer questions about Covid-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687 (Opening hours: 8am to 6pm- Monday to Friday)
Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk

You can read the latest advice from Public Health England here.

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  • Ashford Prep School
    Great Chart, Ashford, Kent, TN23 3DJ
    +44 (0)1233 620493
    The Stables Nursery: +44 (0)1233 656865

  • Ashford Senior School
    East Hill, Ashford, Kent, TN24 8PB
    +44 (0)1233 625171
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