Dear Families ,
Thank you for your support in keeping our school open, particularly around self-isolation and testing. We share your frustration with the current testing system and are making sure that Newham Public Health are aware of the difficulties that you are facing.
A respectful reminder that your child must stay at home if they are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- a high temperature – this means they feel hot to touch on their chest or back (their temperature would be 38°C and above)
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
- a loss or change to their sense of smell or taste
Tests should be ordered online at https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or by calling 119. If you can't get through, please keep trying! Unless they receive a negative result they must stay at home for at least 10 days.If anyone in your household has any of the above symptoms, then everybody in the household must stay at home for 14 days, unless they receive a negative result from a test..
In normal times, both staff and children may suffer from coughs, colds, flu and other illnesses. However in these extraordinary times every school is dealing with not only the normal illnesses that children and staff pick up, they are also coping with a number of Covid-19 related absences as well.
Just to be clear, we will only be writing to all parents when there is a confirmed positive case of Covid-19 in school. We will be writing separately to those parents whose children will then need to self isolate. This is in line with Public Health guidance.
We appreciate that parents will be anxious if staff and other children are not in school, but please do not contact us for further information regarding staff or pupil absence; be assured that we will be contacting you where necessary and in line with Public Health advice. We are not being advised to contact all parents when a staff member or child is off sick, has been sent home with symptoms or has been asked to self isolate.
Your support in this matter would be much appreciated. Staff and children can be off school for a whole host of reasons and as stated at the beginning of this letter, we will be contacting you in line with Public Health advice.
We very much appreciate your support at this incredibly busy time and would remind you that our focus is on keeping children and staff as safe as possible at all times.