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Camp guidance changes from the 19th July (Step 4)
With the recent changes in government guidance for holiday provision we have updated our risk assessments. Please see a summary below of the most recent changes:-
At Step 4 (19th July 2021) the government have removed the guidance to keep children within consistent ‘bubbles’. We will be maintaining a group based system where children will be within a smaller group and named member of staff, as we have seen that grouping children in this way reduces the risk of transmission, but also gives children the opportunity to build better relationships with other children and staff when they are within a consistent group.
- Ensure good hygiene for everyone
Hand Hygiene – Frequent and thorough hand cleaning is now a regular practice. We will continue to ensure that children clean their hands regularly. This will be done with soap and water or hand sanitiser.
Respiratory hygiene – The ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach continues to be very important.
- Maintain appropriate cleaning regimes
We will continue to ensure that our cleaning schedule is adhered to, this includes high touch points such as door handles and surfaces, as well as equipment.
- Keep occupied spaces well ventilated
We will endeavour to use our outdoor spaces as much as possible during camps, including having break/lunch outside in addition to the activities. If weather is poor, we will utilise indoor space, but ensure it is well ventilated and that the group size is appropriate to the space being used.
- Follow public health advice on testing, self-isolation and managing confirmed cases of COVID-19
Children, staff and other adults should follow public health advice on when to self-isolate and what to do. You should not come into the setting if you have symptoms or other reasons requiring you to stay at home due to the risk of passing on COVID-19 (for example if you are required to quarantine or have a positive test). If anyone in the setting develops COVID-19 symptoms, they will be asked to be collected and advised to follow public health advice. You can find the latest advice by clicking here.
Testing remains important in reducing the risk of transmission of infection within settings. Therefore our staff will continue to take lateral flow tests twice per week to identify any positive cases. Testing remains widely available for everyone, with home test kits available for collection either from your local pharmacy or by ordering online: Order coronavirus (COVID-19) rapid lateral flow tests.
Tracing close contacts
One of the key changes that will take place from 19 July is that education and childcare settings will no longer be asked to conduct routine contact tracing. As with positive cases in any other setting, NHS Test and Trace will work with either the positive case – or in the case of children – the parents, carers or guardian of the positive case to identify close contacts.
NHS Test and Trace already manages the contact tracing process for the rest of society – including children who have recorded a positive PCR test – and has expertise in supporting people to identify close contacts.
If your child gets a positive PCR test result, NHS Test and Trace will contact you, using the details you registered when ordering the PCR test. You and/or your child will be asked a series of specific questions designed to identify who your child has been in close contact with. Being in an education or childcare setting with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 will not necessarily mean a person is identified as a close contact.
You will be asked to provide the contact details, if you know them, of any of the individuals – or their parents or guardians – who have been identified as close contacts. NHS Test and Trace will then get in touch with these close contacts and provide appropriate instructions or advice (see below).
From 16 August, if the close contact is under 18, they will not have to self-isolate (in line with the policy for fully vaccinated adults) but will be asked to take an PCR test immediately, other than for very young children identified as non-household contacts, and they will not need to self-isolate while awaiting the results of the test. If the PCR test is positive, they will be required to self-isolate for 10 days from the date of the test. NHS Test and Trace will then get in touch to identify close contacts.