Dear Parents and Carers,
Happy New Year. I hope you had a lovely Christmas and made many happy memories.
Welcome back. Whilst I am excited to get the new term started with lots of fantastic learning going on, I am also writing to you to share actions we are taking as potentially this term will be extremely challenging.
As I am sure you are aware there are a significant number of cases nationally and the new Omicron variant appears to spread very easily. Whilst we will do all we can to hopefully prevent further spread there is currently a high number of staff absent as we begin the start of term and I imagine this will be the case sadly throughout this term unfortunately.
My priority is to keep school open. Nothing beats face-to-face learning. Whilst we are prepared to move to online learning I ask that all parents have access to Class Dojo and if you have not yet then please speak to your child’s teacher as soon as possible. The return to online learning would be an absolute last resort and would be only in the short term until we could safely staff school.
We will do our best to keep classes and school open. While child can mix between classes we will be keeping this to minimum to reduce possible contact opportunities so that hopefully cases can be contained. This is something we have been very successful as so far and I hope it remains the case.
If children have symptoms of COVID
They must get a PCR test and if it is negative they may return to school..
The new Omicron version reportedly presents a different set of symptoms to those above and include feeling very tired, headaches and a sore throat however these have not been officially confirmed. If your child shows those symptoms they you may consider doing a Lateral Flow Test (LFT)
If someone in your household tests positive or if children are confirmed as a contact to someone who has tested positive they are still allowed to come to school but they are requested to do a LFT if they are over the age of 5 every day for 7 days. If the test is negative then they can come to school as normal. If a child has a positive LFT (two lines appear) they must get a PCR test. If they is negative they can return to school.
If your child returns a positive PCR test they must isolate for a least 7 days. On day 6 and 7 they can do a LFT and if they are both negative and they do not have a temperature they will be free to return to school on day 8. If they do not do a LFT on day 6 and 7 they must isolate for the full 10 days.
I know you will support us to keep families and our community safe. If you have any concerns or queries please do not hesitate to contact us. If you need any advice please just ask.