Dear Parents / Carers,

Unfortunately, I am writing to you to inform you that a child in Year 1 has tested positive for Covid-19.

As directed by the Local Authority, all children in Year 1 will have to self-isolate and stay at home for 14 days. Your child cannot attend school for 2 full weeks, which means that unfortunately they will not be able to return to school until after the Christmas holidays. During the 14 day self-isolation period, your child MUST NOT go out to public places. Your child could develop symptoms at any point during the 14 day period.

Your child will remain at home from Monday 7 December until Saturday 19 December, and will be able to return to school on Tuesday 5 January, after the Christmas Holiday.

I understand that this is highly inconvenient and worrying but we must follow guidance and procedures in these circumstances. The children will be set learning by Miss Day up until the end of term, which the children MUST log on (to Century) and complete.

Government Guidance on ‘Contacts’

If you have been informed that you are a contact of a person who has had a positive test result for COVID-19, you must self-isolate at home for 14 days from the date of your last contact with them. You could be fined if you do not stay at home and self-isolate.

Stay at home for 14 days and follow the self-isolation guidance below. Do not go to work, school, or public areas, and do not use public transport or taxis.

You are at risk of developing COVID-19 for the next 14 days. Since we now know that people can become infectious up to 2 days before symptoms begin, you could spread the disease to others if you do not go into self-isolation.

Even if you never develop symptoms, you can still be infected and pass the virus on without knowing it.

Some questions you may have:

  1. Can my child’s siblings still attend school? Yes, the local authority has said that siblings can still attend school unless they become symptomatic. However, if your child’s sibling is at risk due to other medical conditions, you may wish to keep the sibling at home too.

IN EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES – if you need to bring your child with you to collect a sibling, your child must wear a mask and stay with you the whole time.

  1. Does the whole family have to self-isolate? No, unless you become symptomatic.
  2. Will my child be able to do school work? Yes, we have work available via Century Learning.
  3. If I get my child tested and it is negative, can they come back to school? At present the answer is no as symptoms can develop at any point during the self-isolation period. If guidance on this changes, I will update immediately.

I understand that these are very difficult times and appreciate your patience and understanding. I will be available as usual if anyone feels that they need to speak to me about anything.

 

May I take this opportunity to wish you and all your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

My very best wishes to you and your family in these difficult times,

Nicola Walker

Headteacher