The information below is an extract from a letter sent from the Eastern Learning Alliance on Wednesday 9th 2020. View the full text here.
During the Christmas break, we are committed to honouring our contact tracing commitments as a school. While the Government’s published guidance is a little unclear as to how educational settings will fulfil this requirement, I will endeavour to clarify how we will manage this commitment between the end of term and December 23.
|Symptoms began on (or date of positive test if asymptomatic)||Between Monday 14th – Friday 18th December||Saturday 19th December||Sunday 20th December – Monday 4 January|
|Action Required||Parents Inform school immediately. School will notify individuals within respective bubbles who may have come into contact. Notified individuals will have to self-isolate for 14 days.||Parents Inform school immediately. School will notify individuals within respective bubble who may have come into contact on Thursday 17 December. Notified individuals will have to self-isolate for 14 days.||Unless testing was delayed following onset of symptoms, case was not in setting and therefore there is no need to contact school.|
|I have set up a designated number for parents/carers to contact me in the event of a confirmed case between the close of school on Thursday 17 December and Wednesday 23 December. This number, which can be found at the end of this letter, is to be used exclusively for contact tracing purposes and not for other communications.|
|Parental Responsibility||Parents to notify close contact family and friends and follow advice as per NHS Covid-19 guidelines http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/|
In order to ensure these arrangements work effectively and minimise the risk of compromising families’ Christmas break, please adhere to the following:
- Parents to seek tests via testing centres rather than via postal tests as this can significantly delay confirmation of results. Results are normally forthcoming in 24 hours via test centres.
- Parents to notify school if children have symptoms after schools close (as outlined above) – even when waiting for a test result, families can be advised to take necessary steps whilst awaiting confirmation.
- So as to minimise the risk of infection within school (and the wider community) please ensure you continue to adhere to social distancing protocol.
The school Contact Trace number is: 07748 501364
(This number is for track and trace purposes only)
If you have any further questions relating to this, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Thank you for your continued support and understanding in such challenging times