Unfortunately, I am writing to you to inform you that a child in Year 4 has tested positive for Covid-19.

As directed by the Local Authority, all children in Year 4 will have to self-isolate and stay at home for 14 days. This means that they cannot attend school for 2 full weeks. 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 Friday 4 December and will be able to
return to school on Friday 18 December.This is the last day of term and given the children will have missed out on all things Christmassy – this will be a Party morning for them. I ask that the children do wear their school uniform but they could add a bit of glitz and glamour with tinsel and Christmas hats!

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 Mrs Bradley which the children MUST log on (to Century) and complete.

Children are appearing asymptomatic (no symptoms at all), so if you have any concerns about your child’s health I would urge you to try and get your child tested. There is a testing station in Barnoldswick, which you can book online using the following link https://eastlancsccg.nhs.uk/covid-19-coronavirus/pendle-covid-19-testing-site

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.
  2. Does the whole family have to self-isolate? No, unless you become symptomatic, then the whole household MUST self-isolate.
  3. Will my child be able to do school work? Yes, we have work available via Century Learning. You can contact your class teacher via the class page on the website https://www.gisburnroad.com/classes
  4. 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 today if anyone feels that they need to speak to me about anything and from Monday morning as usual.
Nicola Walker
May I take this opportunity to wish you and all your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

My very best wishes in these difficult times,

NWalker.

Nicola Walker
Headteacher