13 October 2020
UPDATED GUIDANCE - COVID
Dear Parents and Carers,
I am writing to you following the announcement yesterday of the government’s new 3 Tier system.
Accrington has been placed in the “High” alert category. All areas at this level should adhere to the guidance set out. We have included a poster with this letter which tells you what the guidance and rules are for Accrington.
Nationally, the country is at a crucial moment. Locally, we can see an increase in cases. See below (Source: NEU Website)
What does all this mean for my child and for the school?
You will be aware that the school has been impacted by a positive COVID-19 cases on one occasion in September, where a whole classes was closed for 14 days. In addition, we have also had individual pupils who have been forced to self-isolate due to being a contact of someone with COVID-19. Each time cases like these arise, children miss out on their face to face education.
With the rise in cases locally, we may see an increase in class closures.
Children are sent home to self-isolate when they become a direct / close contact.
A direct / close contact is considered to be:
- being coughed on, or
- having a face-to-face conversation within 1 metre, or
- having unprotected skin-to-skin physical contact, or
- travel in a small vehicle with the case, or
- any contact within 1 metre for 1 minute or longer without face-to-face contact
- extended close contact (between 1 and 2 metres for more than 15 minutes) with a case
Put simply, the more direct / close contacts you and your household have, the more chance you have of contracting the virus and transmitting it to others.
If your child receives a positive test for the virus, in most cases, the whole class will be asked to self-isolate for 14 days at home. Legally, you must self-isolate and can be fined for not doing so. Self-isolation means that you and your family are not permitted to leave your home or garden for 14 days.
What we are asking you to do and why
Your children need to be in school so we can help them to catch up on the months they have missed. We want to keep as many classes in school, for as long as we can. To do this, we need the support of the whole school community. Our staff are being extremely cautious both during the school day, and in their social / external contacts, in order that they do everything to avoid compromising classes,
- Stick to the guidance- in particular, do not mix households
- Maintain social distancing- keeping 2m apart will mean you are unlikely to become a contact. It will also reduce your chances of getting the virus.
- If you are directed to self-isolate, do so.
I am optimistic that if the school community stick to the rules and guidance, we will be able to maintain more face to face teaching of classes, for longer.
Please take a good look at the poster we have attached. Share it with your wider family and friends and, with your children.
I would like to acknowledge and say thank you for the continuous support and understanding of the parents and carers who have experienced disruptive class closures.
Mr G. Ellis