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Return to School – Safety Request of all Parents and Carers - 01/09/2020

 
Dear Parents and Carers,
 
We are looking forward to welcoming all our students back this week, whether they are new to the school or are returning after a long break due to COVID-19.
 
To ensure that the return to school is as safe as possible, we have made a range of changes that we have previously communicated to you, and we will continue to review the arrangements we have put in place to maintain school as a safe environment. If you and your child have not yet had chance to familiarise yourself with our important safe ‘Return to School’ plans, I would ask that you and your child do so before returning this week.
 
Also, in order to help us ensure that our return remains as safe as possible for all, I would appreciate it if you could continue to support us in the following very important ways:
 
  • If you and your child have recently returned from an overseas holiday/trip, and are now required under government, and Foreign & Commonwealth Office requirements, to quarantine for a period of time, then you must do so by self-isolating, and your child must not return to school until the required quarantine period has expired. For the latest advice on overseas travel and quarantine periods, please follow this link https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice
 
  • If you on behalf of your child are alerted or contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service that your child may have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus, they may be told to begin a period of self-isolation for 14 days from their last contact with the person who has tested positive. It's really important to do this even if your child doesn’t feel unwell because, if they have been infected, they could become infectious to others at any point up to 14 days. Whilst clearly your child will require support and supervision by at least one adult member of your household during such self-isolation circumstances, the entire household doesn't need to self-isolate with your child, if they do not have symptoms, but they must take extra care to follow the guidance on social distancing and handwashing and avoid contact with your child (and the adult supervising them) at home during the 14 day period. Arrange a test if your child or anyone in your household develops symptoms of coronavirus whilst in self-isolation. Other members of your household must also then self-isolate immediately at home for 14 days. You can book a test at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or call 119 if you have no internet access. If the test is positive, your child must continue to stay at home for at least 10 days and the NHS Test and Trace service will get in touch to ask about your child’s contacts, since they must also then self-isolate. If your child’s test is negative, your child must still complete their 14-day self-isolation period because the virus may not be detectable yet - this is crucial to avoid unknowingly spreading the virus.
 
  • If your child, or anyone else at home has symptoms of COVID-19 (a new continuous cough, a fever, or loss or change of taste or smell) the entire household needs to stay at home, and children cannot attend school.  The person with symptoms will need to stay at home for 10 days, and all other household members needs to stay at home for 14 days. Anyone with symptoms should get a test for coronavirus via https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or by calling 119. Please arrange a test as soon as possible, as early test results help us to protect our school community.
 
  • Please inform us promptly if anyone in your household develops symptoms, and of any test results (positive or negative). If you need to contact the school to report an absence, we will ask about covid-19 symptoms and test results.
 
  • If your child develops symptoms during the school day, we will need to isolate them away from the classroom, and ask you to collect them as soon as possible. Please make sure that you are contactable throughout the school day, and that the contact details (phone numbers and emails of you and your additional emergency contacts) that we hold are up to date. If these have recently changed please can you notify s.wordsworth@stockport.stockport.sch.uk immediately.
 
  • Please ensure that your child is fully aware of the need for safe social distancing and good hygiene (as outlined by the government, and also in our ‘Return to School’ plans), and that they adhere at all times to our necessary high expectations regarding behaviour, conduct and routine, in order to keep themselves and others in our community safe.
 
  • Please ensure that you as parents and carers, also follow the social distancing arrangements that have been put in place, particularly at the start and end of the school day when you may need to drop-off or collect your child from near to the school gates. Please avoid gathering near to the school gates in all circumstances. If you need to come into school at any time, please try to contact us in advance in order to make an appointment.
 
  • If your child travels to school on public transport, or if your child has decided that they may wish to wear a face covering in school (see details regarding face coverings in my previous letter dated 28th August), please ensure that your child comes to school with at least one plain, clean, reusable (cotton) face covering that fastens behind the ears and a clean, resealable plastic bag to keep it in during lessons. Wearing of face coverings is only recommended on public transport, in the corridors and other shared spaces within the building, and not in classrooms.
 
I would like to thank you in advance for your support in helping our school to remain safe and welcoming for all our students, staff and wider community during the Autumn term.
 
Best wishes
Mr I Irwin