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Positive Covid Tests - School Holidays

Dear Parents,

The DFES have asked schools to continue with COVID contact and trace for a short period when schools close for the Christmas break.

‘if a pupil or staff member tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), having developed symptoms within 48 hours of being in school, the school is asked to assist in identifying close contacts and advising self-isolation, as the individual may have been infectious whilst in school.’

If your child develops COVID symptoms from Friday 18th December then arrange for them to be tested immediately. If a positive test is received between the dates of Saturday the 19th of December up to and including Wednesday the 23nd of December then please alert the school using this dedicated contact and trace email:

The information that we will require is the following:

  • Your name and contact details [we will use the email address you have contacted us on unless you state otherwise]
  • Name of student
  • Year group and tutor group of student
  • Date of positive test result
  • Date last in school
  • Name, year group and tutor group of any siblings at the school
  • Means of travel to and from school [ if by a school provided bus, the name or number of the school bus]
  • Friendship group at social times [break and Lunchtime]

We will be able to track lessons through our own systems.

This email will be monitored daily from 10am until 12am for the period from Saturday 19th December until Wednesday the 23rd December inclusive.

The Senior leadership team will be on duty for these additional days. They will have access to all class seating plans for all year groups. This will enable them to discuss with PHE [Public Health

England] which students will need to self-isolate. Staff will not be contactable to discuss emails. Our first point of contact will be PHE to ascertain the actions that need to be taken.

If the school does receive notification of a positive case the school will follow the guidance from Public Health England.  We will notify through email all the parents of students that PHE consider have been in close contact with the positive case and these children will need to self-isolate for 10 days.

A positive test after 23rd  December does not need to be reported to the school as it is outside of the contact and trace period recommended by Public Health England.

Please note government advice as follows:

Where a pupil or staff member tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), having developed symptoms more than 48 hours since being in school, the school should not be contacted. Parents and carers should follow contact tracing instructions provided by NHS Test and Trace.’

During this final week of term, please do not send any child into school if they display any symptoms that may be considered CV-19 related.

Our focus this week is on’ Stay safe for Christmas –wear your mask!’

Our young people have been fantastic in responding to the need to wear a mask but like us all they are getting tired and tiredness leads to complacency.  We want all of our school community to be able to enjoy Christmas. In order to do this we all need to remain vigilant and stick to our COVID-19 rules.

We have done so well this term we don’t want to fall at the final hurdle before the holiday!

If your child is unable to return to school on the 4th of January 2021 because of developing symptoms or as a result of a positive test result in your household, please contact the school as usual to report the absence.

We look forward to seeing our students when they return on the 4th of January 2021.

Thank you for your support.

Kind regards,

Miss Hearle