Important Letter to Parents & Carers re C-19 Cases
Dear parents and carers,
Re positive cases at St Marys
I am writing further to the letters you have received earlier this week regarding the positive Covid Cases we have in school as I know, like us, you will be concerned.
Government guidance changed in August regarding the action to be taken when there is a positive case in school. Previously we would have sent the affected bubble home. Now we are required to contact the close contacts of the positive case to request that they undertake a PCR test. We have liaised closely with Public Health England and the LA risk assessment officer and our own health and safety officer. We are following their guidance to the letter.
We are reverting back to many of the arrangements in place before guidance changed and have re-established bubbles (Year R, 1 & 2) bubble 1, Year 3 & 5 bubble 2 and Year 4 & 6 bubble 3.
Since we were made aware of the positive case in year 6, Year 6 and 4 have had separate playtimes and lunch times from the rest of the school and this will continue. We will also have Zoom assemblies and restrict visitors on site. Should you need to speak to one of the team then please call the office to make an appointment.
Morning drop off: Please remind children in Year 4 & 6 that they should go straight into class.
Year 4 & 6 should now be picked up at 3.10 rather than 3.15 pm.
After school clubs: these will be cancelled for the next two weeks.
PE and Forest schools: Please could your child come into school in their kit on these days. Your class teacher will advise you of the days in question via Seesaw.
We are awaiting advice in respect of Breakfast Club and After School Club.
We are of course continuing with rigorous hand washing and rooms are well ventilated and cleaning.
We have been advised that a positive lateral flow test should be treated the same as a positive PCR test so we would be very grateful if you could advise us if anyone in the family has a positive LFT.
We would also be grateful if your child is unwell at this current time to keep them home. We do have vulnerable staff and families in the school.
Public Health England define an outbreak as:
5 children, pupils, students or staff, who are likely to have mixed closely, test positive for COVID-19 within a 10-day period; or
10% of children, pupils, students or staff, who are likely to have mixed closely, test positive for COVID-19 within a 10-day period
As stated above we are monitoring the situation constantly and will be in touch immediately should any further action need to be taken over the coming days.
Mrs Davies and Mrs Jones
Executive Headteacher & Deputy Headteacher