Firstly, I would like to wish you all a very happy new year and hope that you enjoyed a great Christmas.
I am writing to update and remind you about a couple of items before we welcome your child to school tomorrow.
Many of you will be aware that the DfE have now insisted on the use of face coverings in classrooms, please see their statement below:
“From, Sunday 2 January, it is recommended that face coverings are worn in classrooms where pupils in year 7 and above are educated. The advice is short term only, to support pupils and teachers as they return to school this term and builds on the existing proportionate guidance that recommends face coverings for all adults in communal areas of all settings. We are updating our guidance to reflect this. The advice on face coverings in classrooms will be in place until Wednesday 26 January, when Plan B regulations are currently scheduled to expire, at which point it will be reviewed.”
Please ensure that your child, unless exempt, comes to school prepared with a plain coloured face covering with no logos or patterns.
Testing on return to school
We want to make sure that we start the term as well-prepared as possible so please could I urge your child, if possible, to take a lateral flow test before returning to school so we can limit the spread of the virus in school. We will be testing those children for whom we have consent for in the morning but ideally, we would have liked as many as possible to test before coming back into school. For your information there have been changes to the rules regarding isolation periods, if you test positive:
“Since Wednesday 22 December, the 10-day self-isolation period for people who record a positive PCR test result for COVID-19 has been reduced to 7 days in most circumstances, unless you cannot test for any reason. Individuals may now take LFD tests on day 6 and day 7 of their self-isolation period. Those who receive two negative test results are no longer required to complete 10 full days of self-isolation. The first test must be taken no earlier than day 6 of the self-isolation period and tests must be taken 24 hours apart.”
We look forward to seeing your children tomorrow.