Wednesday 16th December 2020
Dear Parents and Carers,
Christmas is almost upon us and I’m sure you are looking forward to spending time with loved ones you may not have been able to spend time with for quite some time.
We continuously remind pupils about keeping themselves as safe as possible in school, maintaining distance, not having face to face conversations, washing/sanitising hands etc to ensure we keep the risks as low as possible.
It is more important than ever that we all follow these guidelines as any positive cases or close contacts from today onwards, mean all those affected would have to self-isolate all the way up to Christmas and on Christmas day.
I do not want to be giving that message to any class. Please do your part in ensuring the risks are as low as possible by:
Our choices affect others so we need to ensure we all remember this at all times but especially now.
Each class has made a short Christmas video which will be shared with you all via links on e-mails and on the school website tomorrow. We hope you enjoy these.
INSET-Fri 18th December
Remember tomorrow is the last day as Friday is now and INSET day and school will be completely closed so please ensure your child takes everything home they might have in school that you need over the holidays.
Reminder- Contract tracing during the holidays
It is really important that you help with the contract tracing if your child develops symptoms after school has closed for Christmas. You will need to make contact if:
1. Your child develops symptoms on Friday 18th or Saturday 19th December (and they were in school on Wednesday 16th or Thursday 17th December). You will need to organise a test straight away and inform us of the results as soon as you receive them.
2. Your child receives a positive test result on Friday 18th or Saturday 19th December and they were in school 48 hours before the test result (if no symptoms) or in school anytime in the 48 hours before they showed symptoms.
3. Your child receives a positive test result anytime up to Wednesday 23rd December. Please send confirmation of the result as well as the date when symptoms were first noticed and the last date your child was in school.
Please e-mail me in the first instance:
I will check my e-mails at 10am, 4pm and 8pm each day. I will respond to you so you know I have received your e-mail.
In the unlikely event that I am unavailable and you do not get a response at the times above (closest to the time you sent the e-mail), please e-mail Mrs Smith:
If your child tests positive from 24th December onwards, you do not need to contact school until school reopens after the holidays.
If your child has been a close contact
If I receive confirmation from a parent that a child has tested positive or from a staff member and subsequently then identify your child has been a close contact, I will send an e-mail and text message to alert you about this. It is therefore really important that you ensure the details we hold for you are accurate and you check your messages daily. You will need to ensure your child follows the 14 day isolation as per the government guidelines in this case. Please send a confirmation e-mail to the addresses above to confirm you have received this information if your child is identified as a close contact of a positive case.
I truly hope no Parent/Carer or staff member has to contact me to inform me of a positive case and therefore I don't have to contact any staff family to tell them that their child needs to self-isolate or contact any staff member to tell them that they have to self-isolate over the Christmas period.
Thanking you in advance for your support.
All that leaves me to say is we wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Good health to you all,