Dear Parents/Carers

I hope that you and your family have had a wonderful half term break.
As you are aware, the government announced over the weekend that they would be implementing a month long lock down.

As part of the announcement, schools will be exempt from this and should remain fully open during this period.

I know that parents and carers may be anxious and would like to reassure you that our main priority will be to make the environment as safe as possible for your child and staff.

Currently we have received no additional documentation regarding any additional measures we may need to implement to keep both staff and pupils safe. We will be reviewing our risk assessments and any changes we choose or are required to make, will be communicated with you.

I do envisage that over the course of this half term we may have situations where staff and pupils may have to isolate. In this situation, I may need to make adaptations to the provision we can offer at any given time and at short notice.

I very much hope that this will not be the case. It would be helpful if all parents and carers are signed up to parent mail, as this will be our main tool for communicating any information. Please contact the office if you need help with this.

I would also like to remind parents/carers of the expectations should your child display any of the main symptoms associated with COVID. These are

  1. A high temperature – 38 degrees / you feel hot to touch on your chest or back.
  2. A new, continuous cough – coughing a lot, for more than an hour; or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours; or if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual.
  3. A loss or change to sense of smell or taste – you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.
    If your child has one or more of the published Covid-19 symptoms, your child will need to self-isolate for 10 days, whilst family members will need to isolate for 14 days. You should arrange for your child to have a COVID test.
    Similarly, if anyone in your household is displaying symptoms, then your child will need to isolate for 14 days.

Thank you once again for your support and I am very much looking forward to and hoping that this half term is as successful as that first half term. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school.

With very best wishes

Helen Ball

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