Dear parents and carers,
As I am sure you are aware, there has been an increase in Covid-19 cases in the community in recent days. This coincides with changes that take effect today to the Government guidance for schools and so I would like to clarify the current situation:
A child must not attend the school if they, or somebody they live with, is symptomatic of Covid-19.
Parents or carers must notify the school if a child, or household member, tests positive following an LFT or PCR test.
If a staff member or child tests positive following a Lateral Flow Test, they will still be required to self-isolate and seek a confirmatory PCR test.
If a child or staff member tests positive following a PCR test, they will still be required to self-isolate for 10 days.
If a child is a close contact of somebody that tests positive following a PCR test, they will need to isolate but only if told to do so by NHS Test and Trace.
The school will no longer be required to ask close contacts to self-isolate and whole class 'bubbles' will not be sent home to isolate for 10 days in the event of a positive case.
The school may be asked to continue to assist NHS Test and Trace with identifying close contacts for the remainder of this week.
The existing control measures in school will remain in place - including children being kept in class bubbles in order to reduce the risk of transmission of Covid-19.
Please consider maintaining social distancing and wearing a mask at drop off and collection. This must be adhered to when talking to staff members on the playgrounds and within the school building.
We will continue to monitor the situation and communicate key updates to you. Thank you for your ongoing support and understanding.
Mr Le Bredonchel