Dear Parents and Carers,

I trust that this finds you and your families safe.

In addition to previously sent out information and following changes this week to National COVID-19 guidance for schools, I wish to update you about general guidance and school specific guidance:

GENERAL GUIDANCE

  • Any pupils who have ANY coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, or who have someone in their household who does, MUST NOT attend school and must follow current NHS guidance regarding self-isolating.
  • Alongside this, if any member of the household is awaiting a test result, for whatever reason, the pupil MUST NOT attend school until a negative test result has been returned or the pupil has self-isolated following the current NHS guidance for this.

The NHS website currently states that the main symptoms of coronavirus are as follows:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three 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

Most people with coronavirus have at least one of these symptoms.

  • Families must follow current NHS guidance regarding self-isolating should this be required. We would kindly ask that you inform school if the child or anyone in the family tests positive for COVID so that we can work with Public Health England (PHE) to determine the impact on the school, if required.
  • Guidance issued on 5th November 2020 following New National Restrictions states:

Clinically extremely vulnerable children 

More evidence has emerged that shows there is a very low risk of children becoming very unwell from coronavirus (COVID-19), even for children with existing health conditions. Most children originally identified as clinically extremely vulnerable no longer need to follow original shielding advice. Parents should speak to their child’s GP or specialist clinician if they have not already done so, to understand whether their child should still be classed as clinically extremely vulnerable.

Those children whose doctors have confirmed they are still clinically extremely vulnerable are advised not to attend education whilst the national restrictions are in place. Parents of clinically extremely vulnerable children will be receiving a letter shortly confirming this advice.

Please do inform the school if you are advised that your child is identified as clinically extremely vulnerable.

SPECIFIC GUIDANCE REGARDING PUPILS WHILST ATTENDING SCHOOL

  • Any pupil who becomes unwell during the school day with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature, or has a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia), will be taken to a quarantine room prior to being sent home. Thus, I wish to respectfully remind parents that families must have a way of picking your child up should this situation arise, as the pupil cannot travel home with other pupils on shared transport. The pupil must self-isolate for at least 10 days and should arrange to have a test.
  • Any pupil who requires medication to lower their temperature must not attend school until  the reason is confirmed as not COVID-related and this has been discussed with the School Nurse.
  • Staff and visitors will be wearing face masks whilst moving around the school and in communal areas, including meeting and greeting and returning pupils to families and transport at the start and end of the day.
  • Secondary aged pupils who are able to will be encouraged to wear face masks whilst moving around school; please do send in a mask for your child and a bag to store it in if appropriate.
  • As per our text and email sent out on 4th November, we are now requesting that all parents wear face masks whilst on school grounds when dropping off, collecting children or visiting the school. Please do not engage in conversation with the member of staff handing over/ collecting your child unless it is urgent. Daily information is emailed by the class teachers and telephone appointments can be made as necessary.
  • Any visits to our sites must be pre booked and all visitors must wear masks (unless they have a medical exemption).
  • Any pupils who have travelled overseas must follow current Government advice and will need to self-isolate in the place they are staying for the first 14 days (and not attend school) after they arrive, unless they have travelled from certain countries or territories – see https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-COVID-19-travel-corridors

Finally, I wish to thank all parents and carers for working with us to bring about these changes in the rapidly changing world we all have to live and work in.

Yours sincerely

Nigel Jones | Principal