Important Covid-19 Information Update Letter
Dear Parent or Carer,
You will all be aware that from my communication on Monday that a number of cases of Covid-19 were identified in school on Friday 11th March.
I am writing to let you know there has unfortunately been a further number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 within school identified within Dentdale, Bishopdale and now Ribblesdale Classes.
Unfortunately, in each case this has now led to positive test results for staff in each of these class bases.
Thanks to the flexibility of remaining staff and the repeated re-drafting of staffing timetables we are able to open for all classes on Monday but have had to reintroduce a number of safeguards to prevent further spread across school and the loss of additional staff.
The school appreciates the support of our parents whilst we seek to navigate a way through the week ahead I would strongly advise that all parents read the information published by the government for schools, reproduced below, and take the necessary steps to protect children and families from further spread of infection.
If your child is showing any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19 or is generally unwell please show appropriate caution and keep them off school. Our online learning platform is ready to deliver learning for any child who is self-isolating.
If your child develops COVID-19 symptoms or has a positive test
Staff and children who test positive will continue to be advised to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for at least 5 full days, and then continue to follow the guidance until they have received 2 negative test results on consecutive days.
If you insist on your child attending nursery, school, or college when they have symptoms, they can take the decision to refuse your child if, in their reasonable judgement, it is necessary to protect other pupils and staff from possible infection with COVID-19.
Please note: Children who are close contacts of someone with COVID-19 are no longer required to isolate unless they develop symptoms.
The 3 main symptoms of COVID-19 remain a fever (temperature 37.8OC or higher), a new continuous cough, or a change to/loss of taste or smell. However, other commonly reported symptoms of the Omicron variant include headache, sore throat, tiredness, and cold-like symptoms, so please be aware of these as well and stay at home and seek further testing if you are in any doubt.