Extra measures may be introduced in Reading schools after the October half term to tackle rising cases of Covid in students, according to a letter sent out to parents on 22 October.
Just over half of Reading’s Covid positive cases have been in the under-18 age group, according to public health data covering 6th-19th October.
Covid cases in the borough are now at their highest since January 2021 but related deaths are thankfully low.
Cases are also very high nationally but the government says currently it has no plans to return to restrictions like mandatory facemasks and instead is encouraging more people to get vaccinated.
Over the half term, parents are urged to carry on testing children aged 11 and over twice a week with lateral flow tests (if they have no symptoms) or to organise a PCR test if children show symptoms.
RBC leader Jason Brock also told residents on 21 October to continue testing, get vaccinated and ‘to wash hands frequently with soap and water or hand sanitiser, and continue to wear face coverings, particularly in enclosed spaces where people are close together’.