**Update** - March 2022
The latest Public Health advice can be found here:
Holiday Activities and Food Programme
The Holiday Activities and Food programme is available for all children who are eligible for benefits-related free school meals. See this letter for more information:
Please read the important information about our return to school after half term here - Letter to Parents/Carers February 2022
Latest advice from the government:
Changes to the self-isolation period for those who test positive for COVID-19
From Monday 17 January, people who are self-isolating with COVID-19 will have the option to reduce their isolation period after 5 full days if they test negative with a lateral flow device (LFD) test on both day 5 and day 6 and they do not have a temperature. For example, if they test negative on the morning of day 5 and the morning of day 6, they can return to their education or childcare setting immediately on day 6.
The first test must be taken no earlier than day 5 of the self-isolation period, and the second must be taken the following day. All test results should be reported to NHS Test and Trace.
If the result of either of their tests is positive, they should continue to self-isolate until they get negative results from two LFD tests on consecutive days or until they have completed 10 full days of self-isolation, whichever is earliest.
Anyone who is unable to take LFD tests or anyone who continues to have a temperature will need to complete the full 10 day period of self-isolation.
Further information on self-isolation for those with COVID-19 is available.
Return to School January 2022 - Latest Advice from Rochdale Council and Public Health
We hope you have had a peaceful break over Christmas and the New Year, and we are looking forward to seeing all of our pupils and their families when we return to school.
So that we can keep everybody safe and well, we are asking you to follow the latest advice from Rochdale Council and Public Health. You can find the full advice here - https://www.stjohnsrc.rochdale.sch.uk/serve_file/4348039
The main points are:
- For this term we are asking all pupils, their households and staff to take a lateral flow test on the morning or evening before returning to school after the holidays. This is voluntary and we hope people will take part. Children aged 5-12 should be tested by an adult if parents/carers are happy to do so. Children aged under 5 do not need to be tested. You will also be aware of the need for secondary schools to deliver on site testing again on the return to school, please support your schools and/or education setting to ensure as many students as possible participate in regular testing.
- If someone has COVID-19 symptoms - stay at home, isolate and take a PCR test. You can book a test at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested or by calling 119.
- From 14 December 2021, adults who are fully vaccinated - two doses of vaccine, with the second dose received at least 14 days ago - and all children and young people aged between 5 and 18 years and 6 months identified as a contact of someone with COVID-19 are strongly advised to take a LFD test every day for 7 days and continue to attend their setting as normal, unless they have a positive test result