Dear Parents/Carers,

I hope that you are well. I will be writing to you later today with a more detailed update regarding our contingency planning for the Coronavirus outbreak. In the meantime, I would like to reiterate NHS guidelines around self-isolation.

Self-isolation and staying at home

As you know, the Government has widened their advice on who should self-isolate to include those that have coronavirus like symptoms – a new or continuous cough or a high temperature, however mild. Those displaying these symptoms should stay at home for at least 7 days to protect others and help slow the spread of the disease. All our staff will be expected to follow this advice, and we ask you to ensure that your children do so too. As usual if your child will be absent from school for any reason, please continue to follow the normal absence reporting procedures.

If a student displays the symptoms above, they must isolate for a full 7 days. This means students should stay at home and avoid all but essential contact with others, from the point of displaying mild systems. Students should not return to school simply when symptoms subside, but at the end of this 7-day period.

If your child is self-isolating as per the guidelines above, they will be coded as such in the register. We will not be pursuing attendance fines regarding absence due to self-isolation during the current outbreak.

The decision to self-isolate remains the decision of family members who should follow the guidance above. In certain circumstances you may be advised by medical professionals to keep your child at home even if they are not unwell. If this is the case please let us know and we will support your decision. The Government expect that all children who are well enough to come to school and those who are not displaying the symptoms above, should continue attending as normal.

As you can imagine we are taking a high volume of calls regarding student absence and we ask for your understanding during this time.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Kind regards,

Beth Honnor