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Whole School Information Letter 28.05.21

Friday 28th May 2021 Dear Parents, We have been asked by the Local Authority share some key information about how families will need to notify their school if a pupil tests positive for COVID-19 over the bank holiday weekend: • If a child develops symptoms within two days of the last day the child attended school, for most children this will be up to and including Sunday 30th May, parents should book a PCR test immediately. • If the result of the PCR test is positive, parents should then report this via this designated email address: • Any cases where symptoms start from Monday 31st May do not need to be reported, as there will be no action (e.g. bubble closures) for the school. • This designated email address will be checked every 24 hours whilst cases still need to be reported to school and you should receive a response to your notification within this window. • This email address should only be used in order to notify the school staff who are working as part of the track and trace process whilst school is closed, that your child has returned a positive test. • Self-isolation may be required, and parents should expect to be notified via this email address. • Please do not send children to school, on the first day back after the holiday if they or any member of their family are exhibiting symptoms, or if they have been instructed to self-isolate as an identified close contact. Other school email addresses are not routinely monitored when the school is closed, and therefore they should not be used to communicate a positive test result, nor should parents use any other means of communication normally used when the school is open, e.g. leaving a message on the school answer phone. In the unfortunate event that we have a confirmed case in school, who must isolate is determined by the Local Outbreak Response Team. We are very aware that communicating to you that your child needs to self?isolate over the half term break is once again likely to be extremely unwelcome news for all of us who are affected, as we know that many of our families have made plans to get away for the first time in months. We all simply hope that none of the measures outlined in this letter become necessary. In spite of all the challenges, we have enjoyed a very successful half term in school. The children have responded well to our intense focus spent learning and developing their key skills in Reading, Writing and Mathematics, balanced with their weekly outdoor learning and sports sessions. We will continue to adapt the Tel: 01386 860 246 Cropthorne with Charlton C of E First School, Main Street, Cropthorne, Pershore, Worcestershire, WR10 3NB. curriculum through the rest of this term and into the autumn as we aim to return to a full, more familiar curriculum as soon as restrictions allow us to practicably do so. Thank you very much for all of your continued support and valued engagement this term. The restrictions placed upon us due to the pandemic continue to be a challenge for all schools and all of the positive feedback and encouragement we’ve received continues to be very much appreciated. I hope that the half term break from school provides the opportunity for our families, our children and our staff to enjoy doing more of the things we have all missed for so long. We look forward to welcoming everyone back to school on Monday 7 th June. Yours Sincerely, Rob Bothma Headteacher