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Covid Measures for Autumn Term 2

Sunday 31st October 2021

Dear Parent/Carer,

 

Covid Measures for Autumn Term 2

 

Covid rates across the country are rising. This is particularly the case in the Southwest of England, where there has been a rapid rise in recent weeks. As a school, we have felt the impact of this as I am sure you have as well.

 

As a result, when we return to school after the half term break, our local Director of Public Health has requested that we increase our measures to curb the spread of infection.

 

What we will be doing as a school

1. We will not be holding whole school gatherings with mixed age groups for at least two weeks after the half term break.

2. We will continue to enhance our cleaning routines.

3. We will keep spaces well ventilated; this may occasionally mean that your child will be invited to wear their coat indoors.

4. Promote social distancing and reduce crowding where possible; minimise pinch points in the school day.

5. Reinforce social distancing and good infection prevention control amongst staff.

6. NO AFTERSCHOOL EXTRA-CURRICULAR CLUBS as these clubs contained mixed age groups for the next two weeks at least.

7. NO SWIMMING FOR THE NEXT TWO WEEKS – apologises in advance.

 

What we need our families to do

1. Drop your child off at the main school gate between 08.50- 09.05 and not come onto the school site, this includes reception parents.

2.One parent per household to collect their child/ren where possible. Parents to enter via the main entrance gate and exit via the vehicle gate.

3. To limit your time on the school playground. A staggered end of the day between 15.15 and 15.30 will reduce parents and children congregating.

4. To limit the use of our breakfast club and afterschool club provision if you do not need to use it for the next two weeks.

 

If unwell stay at home. If negative for COVID individuals should still wait until 24 hours post fever to come back to school. Colds and other non-Covid symptoms are circulating but in the first instance cardinal symptoms should be treated as possible COVID and trigger isolation and testing. This is the case even if others in the class /group have tested negative for similar symptoms.

 

As a reminder, the main symptoms of coronavirus are (NHS website):

• A high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)

• A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)

• A loss or change to your sense of smell and taste – this means you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.

 

Most people with coronavirus have at least one of these symptoms. However, it has been brought to our attention that some of our cases have started with sore throats and headaches.

 

At the end of the school day, we ask that you leave the school premises swiftly and do not congregate. The gates will be open between 15.15 and 15.30 to limit the amount of time parents are on the playground.

 

This is not the type of letter that I wanted to send out to welcome you all back after half term. However, I wanted to convey the seriousness of this virus and the importance of us all working together to try to reduce the transmission of COVID within our school and community. If your child is unwell then please keep them off school until they are well enough.

 

Thank you as always for your ongoing support.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Mrs Sharon Foxall

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