14th January 2022
Dear Parent / Carer,
Welcome back to school after what we hope was an enjoyable festive break.
Our COVID-19 infection rates have been the highest they have ever been at 2,399 per 100,000. To help manage this challenge additional controls have been applied in schools for a limited period of time to reduce the spread of the virus. We will continue to work with schools individually to respond to any outbreaks and manage any staff absences due to COVID-19. We ask that you please appreciate these challenges and work with your child’s school through this period.
Control measures being put in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19 include increased ventilation and enhanced cleaning. Everyone in secondary schools are now expected to wear face coverings in classrooms and communal areas unless exempt.
You can support the COVID-19 response too by doing the following:
From 11 January in England, people who receive positive lateral flow device (LFD) test results for COVID-19 are required to self-isolate immediately and not required to take a confirmatory PCR test (unless required to claim Test & Trace support payment or if requested by the NHS or research programme). It is essential that LFD results are registered to support the test and trace process.
Anyone who develops any of the three main COVID-19 symptoms should stay at home and self-isolate and take a PCR test. The isolation period is for 10 days. But you may be able to end isolation earlier – please follow the rules and see further information on the national website here.
Thank you for your continued support.
Director of Public Health
Director of Children’s Services
When to self-isolate
Self-isolate straight away and get a PCR test (a test that is sent to the lab) on GOV.UK as soon as possible if you have any of these 3 symptoms of COVID-19, even if they are mild:
You should also self-isolate straight away if:
When you do not need to self-isolate
If you live with or have been in contact with someone with COVID-19, you will not need to self-isolate if any of the following apply: