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Dear Parents and Carers,

We have received advice  from the DfE suggesting that it would be advantageous for schools to make Friday 18th December a non-teaching day, and using the day for staff training.

The reasons for this are to minimise the burden of track and trace falling on schools over the Christmas period. In addition, Public Health England has agreed that schools should not be expected to track and trace contacts after a period of six days has passed since children’s final day in school. Therefore, where schools’ last teaching day is on Thursday 17th December, there should be no pupil contact tracing requests beyond Wednesday 23rd  December.

I think that you would agree that should your child test positive on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, it would increase the burden for you to have to notify the School, and for the School to trace and call all of your child’s close contacts, on either of these days.

The Leadership Team and Trustees have agreed, therefore, that there will be an INSET day of Friday 18th December 2020, and that School will finish at 1pm on Thursday 17th December 2020, in line with the normal end of term finish time. There will be no extended day activity on the Thursday.

Reporting of a Child’s positive COVID-19 test after 17th December.

As a reminder, should your child develop COVID-19 symptoms after 17th December, you must obtain a test for them as soon as possible. The following outlines the reporting procedure following a positive test:

Please do not hesitate to contact the School on the following, should you have any queries:

Kind regards

Mr Paul Delamaine




What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19

If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19 they should remain at home. Arrange for a COVID test via or by calling NHS 119 and inform the Headteacher.

If their test is negative, they can return to the School, if they are well.

If their test is positive they will need to self-isolate for 10 days from the date when your symptoms start. All your household members must self-isolate for 14 days.

The date of symptom onset is day zero.


The symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are:

• recent onset of new continuous cough or

• high temperature or

• a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia).

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness. If you are concerned about your health or the health of anyone else in your house please seek advice from your GP or NHS 111 by phoning 111.

You must inform the School if your child has a positive test.

There are things you can do to reduce the risk of getting COVID-19:

Further Information

Further information is available at


An overall COVID-19 School Risk Assessment has been developed which outline the measures that the School has put in place to reduce the risk of transmitting the COVID-19 virus as much as possible. Please click here to view the Risk Assessment document.

An Annex to our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policies has also been developed. This outlines the Child Protection measures that the School is taking in response COVID-19.   Please click here to view. 

There are also Addenda to other Policies, as below, which have been developed in light of COVID-19:

Covid Addenda:


Access to School Premises


Minibus and Transport 

parent/carers can also access support literature as below:

Home Learning: Please see the recent letter that was sent out to you.

Mental Health: Please see the attached poster that was sent out to you.

Please also find below some web-links that may provide some answers to your children’s questions:

             (In particular, the 7 points at the end give very helpful advice)









Other communication and advice to Parents and Carers regarding Covid-19, that the School has distributed, can be accessed via this link. Communication will also continue to be sent on an ongoing basis to parents/carers via Teacher2Parent and on other occasions in the post. 





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