No doubt that you are all aware that the Government has introduced new restrictions from Thursday in an attempt to reduce rising cases of coronavirus (COVID-19). We are expecting guidance to be published over the next few days however, the message that is very clear is that schools remain open.
We had intended to publish our updated risk assessment from tomorrow however, given this new guidance, we will need to review the document once again so will make you all aware of the revised risk assessment and parent handbook once they have been reviewed.
It is vitally important, given the increase in positive cases, that we all follow the guidance in order to keep our pupils/students and ourselves safe.
Can I please remind all parents/carers that you must not send your child into school if they, or anyone in their household, has any of the following COVID-19 symptoms:
- high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature).
- new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual).
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.
Should any child display any of the above symptoms whilst at school, we will follow our procedures and call parents/carers to collect their child immediately. We will advise parents/carers that they should arrange for their child to be tested.
In addition, any child who has had contact with someone who has had a positive test result, or lives within the same household as someone who is showing any of the above symptoms, should self-isolate for 14 days.
Anyone isolating due to contact with a positive case should not get tested unless they show symptoms. Even if they do, and receive a negative result, the advice is that the person should keep self-isolating for the rest of the 14 days from when they were last in contact with the person who has coronavirus, as they could show symptoms after being tested
Please contact the school if your child is self-isolating and/or has any of the symptoms described above.
We will continue to update our procedures in line with the guidance and will inform you all of any changes.