Dear Parents and Carers,

I am sure that you have seen the announcement from the government this week with regards to the 19th July. As numbers locally are rising, the school will not be changing any of its current guidelines during the last week of term. This will be reviewed ready for our return in September.

A letter regarding Lateral Flow Testing for Secondary aged pupils over the Summer and in September will be sent out next week.

I would like to also remind parents regarding sending their child into school if they are displaying any symptoms or are unwell. This week we have been required to send children home to be tested. The numbers locally are growing, particularly in school aged children and COVID again is more prevalent in our communities. With this in mind, parents must not send their child into school if they are displaying any of the following symptoms.

 Fever or chills
 Cough
 Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
 Fatigue
 Muscle or body aches
 Headache
 New loss of taste or smell
 Sore throat
 Congestion or runny nose
 Nausea or vomiting
 Diarrhea

Should your child display any of the above symptoms we are asking parents to get their child a PCR test and not a Lateral Flow test. Once they receive a negative PCR test result they can then send their child back to school. If your child receives a positive PCR test result, then your child and the household must isolate for 10 days. If the child has been in school and there have been close contacts, school will inform the individuals/groups.

We have no positive cases in school currently.

We continue to have a number of staff who have been required to take time off to isolate either because they have symptoms or someone in their family may have tested positive. We also have a number of staff whose children have been sent home to isolate and therefore they are unable to attend school. This is in addition to normal staff absence. I would like to re-iterate that due to current limitations with COVID, there is limited staff available to cover staff absence and staff cannot be moved from Secondary to Primary and vice versa, except for a small number of staff who teach across the school.

With this in mind and to try and ensure class bases are staffed safely, for the remainder of the term we will be implementing a rota with a limited number of class bases that are in the same bubble. However should we have any further COVID related staff issues, further changes may need to be made.

The following groups will NOT BE IN school on the following days.

The above arrangements will remain under review and with the current situation and could very well change at very short notice.
Home learning activities for all pupils are available on the school website under the learning zone. Activities will also be provided for pupils in work packs on the day they are not attending.

This decision has not been taken lightly and I apologise to parents for any inconvenience caused. I would like to offer my sincere thanks for your continued support.

Best wishes

Helen Ball

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