Letter to parents and carers - reduction in self-isolation period

14th December 2020


Dear Parent or Carer,


https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-chief-medical-officers-statement-on-the-self-isolation-period-11-december-2020


The Government announced on Friday 11th December that the isolation period for those people identified as contacts of those testing positive for the Coronavirus would, as of 00:01 on Monday 14th December, reduce from 14 days to 10 days. Please follow the link above for confirmation of this announcement.


This means that your child, if isolating at our request, has now completed the required period staying at home and should return to the Academy from Tuesday 15th December unless they have the recognised symptoms of the virus, namely a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or loss or change to their sense of smell or taste.


Students who were not self-isolating but told to work from home due to staff capacity issues should also now return from Tuesday, 15th December, as these matters are now resolved.


Whilst I realise that recent developments nationally and locally will mean that parents, carers and students are worried about the coronavirus and the impact that it might have on planned family gatherings over the festive period, I want to reassure you that the decisions that I and other senior members of the Trust have taken have been in the best interests of our students and their families, our staff and our wider community: decisions to ask students or staff to self-isolate are never taken lightly, and I would like to remind parents and carers that we have stringent safety control measures in place that have meant that we have had had relatively few positive cases in our school community, compared to other schools in our locality and nationally.


Due to a combination of staffing capacity issues and the confirmation of two cases within the Academy in a matter of days, we took the decision to close a year group to allow for thorough and extensive cleaning of that bubble’s classrooms and communal areas on top of the already rigorous cleaning programme we have in place across the whole Academy. Our site and cleaning team do a first-rate job and take health and safety very seriously.


I am sorry for any inconvenience experienced by our students and their families and I want to again reassure you that we are doing everything in our power to keep our school community safe. We expect that your child attends school, if well enough to do so, and do not wish them to miss any of their education if it can be helped.


Whilst high quality education is our priority and teaching and learning will take place right until the end of term, we have a number of exciting and enjoyable activities planned including our prize draws with some fantastic prizes for students with great attendance and those going ‘Above and Beyond’ in our end of year celebrations which are an important part of our school calendar, including our Christmas jumper fund raiser and the donation of food items to our local food bank to help those who are not as fortunate as some of us and need a helping hand, especially at this time of year: we need
our families’ support with this.


Thank you for your time reading this letter as well as your patience and understanding in these challenging times.


Yours faithfully

G Moffatt


Principal