Please read the following message from Mr Tharia.
Dear Parents/ Carers
I am writing to inform you that the Department for Education (DfE) have advised schools that Friday 18th December should be considered as an INSET day rather than a teaching day where children are in school. As a result, the school will be CLOSED to pupils on Friday 18th December.
By stopping all face to face teaching on Thursday 17th December this will give a cut-off date of 23rd December where schools can be contacted by NHS Test and Trace for contact tracing. This will then avoid the need for school staff to be on call on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day if we were to proceed with face to face teaching on the Friday.
I recognise that the advice given has arrived late in the term but, given the challenges that schools like ours have faced, I feel this is a tangible way to support all members of the school community and allow everyone to enjoy time with their families in the run up to Christmas.
To help us all stay safe, please read the following guidance:
1. If your child shows symptoms of COVID-19 and, subsequently tests positive within 48 hours of Thursday 17th December, then please inform the school as soon as you can (email@example.com). The cut off for this will be midnight Saturday 19th December. Any person showing symptoms should self-isolate until the test result is known, as should members of their household.
2. If your child shows symptoms and subsequently tests positive AFTER this 48-hour period, then you do not need to inform the school as we will be contacted directly by the NHS Test and Trace service with whom we will assist as directed.
To make up for this lost teaching day, Thursday 1st April 2021 will no longer be an INSET day. If you have any concerns or questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your understanding and support.