Headteacher Letter 2nd Nov 2021
Dear Parents and Carers
I hope that you have had a good half term and that you are feeling ready for the run up to Christmas which always seems to arrive much sooner than expected! We are delighted to welcome our young people back to school and hope that they are feeling motivated and ready to embrace opportunities for learning and developing in Term 2.
The purpose of this letter is to update you on the school’s position with regard to COVID following our risk assessment with the Somerset Public Health Team and also to remind you of the key information about actions relating to LFD testing and what to do if your child returns a positive result.
COVID: Risk Assessment and Control Measures
The risk assessment confirms that we will need to keep the existing control measures in place for the first two weeks of this term. At the end of the second week, we will complete another risk assessment which will determine any changes to existing measures. So, until the next risk assessment, we will be continuing with the measures outlined in my letter of 14th October:
- Unless exempt, wearing face masks in both communal areas and classrooms
- Changes to timings of the school day to reduce mixed gatherings at break and lunch
- Closure of changing rooms necessitating the wearing of PE Kit on PE days
- Increased LFD testing
- Maintaining good hand hygiene, sanitising or washing hands regularly
- Take individual responsibility for socially distancing and avoiding close contact with each other (i.e.to maintain a more than 2m distance)
- Avoiding the sharing of drinks bottles, lip salves or anything else that touches the lips
- Keeping windows and doors open at all times to maximise ventilation
- Only admitting essential visitors to the school site and ensuring that they present proof of a negative LFD test before entering the site
- Risk assessing any planned extra-curricular activities and either making the necessary adjustments to ensure safety or stopping the activity
- Stopping any external fixtures
COVID: Testing and Attendance
Please continue to complete LFD tests twice a week on a Sunday and Wednesday. The purpose of this regular testing is to identify any asymptomatic cases and prevent the spread of infection. If you return a positive LFD test, the DFE advice is that you need to:
- Report the positive LFD test to the school
- Do not attend school and book a PCR test to confirm the positive LFD result
- Household family members (where of secondary school age and above) are advised to take daily LFD while awaiting this PCR test result and to continue to attend school unless their LFD result is positive
- If the PCR test returns a positive, report your test to the school and follow the advice from NHS Test and Trace with regards to the dates for your 10 days of self-isolation.
- Household family members and identified close contacts will be notified by NHS Test and Trace. Where they have been fully vaccinated (at least 14 days earlier), are medically exempt from vaccination or under the age of 18 years 6 months, instead of self-isolating, are now advised to take a free PCR test. However, they should continue to take precautions to protect others until the result is received. If the result is negative, they can resume normal activities. If the result is positive they must isolate as instructed by NHS Test and Trace.
If your child is unwell, they should not attend school. If they display any COVID symptoms, however mild, a PCR test should be booked. If the test is positive, please follow the guidance above. If the result is negative, individuals should still wait until 24 hours post fever or other associated COVID symptoms before returning to school.
As always, if you do have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us in the usual way: by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone to 01963 350895.