Dear Parent /Carer,
As you will have no doubt seen in the news Covid 19 is on the rise again across the country and also in County Durham . Several schools in Durham have had positive cases amongst pupils and staff and yesterday Framwellgate School was advised to close due to an outbreak.
We obviously do not want the last few weeks of term to be disrupted by closding bubbles and sending pupils home. We have not had a positive case since before Christmas, and we really want it to stay that way. However, as society opens up and regulations relax and people mix more , this will help Covid to spread.
We are still working under our system of controls in school . Staff are following Covid guidance and testing twice per week.
Durham County Council has asked us to share this letter with all parents. Please read it as it contains important advice.
Can I once more ask that all parents/carers take the following advice:
- Do not send children to school if they have Covid symptoms or seem generally unwell. The Covid symptoms are changing . If your child has a runny nose, cough, headache, high temperature, sore throat (even if it seems like a cold) please keep them off and book a PCR test. If it is negative they can return to school.
- If you are notified by Test and Trace that you or your family must isolate, please do not send the children to school until the isolation period is over.
- Please encourage your child to wash their hands and sanitise , as we do in school.
- Please continue to wear a face covering when bringing or collecting children. We are outside but it is busy and sometimes it is impossible to socially distance.
- Please come alone to collect or drop the children and don’t congregate at the gates to talk , please leave the premises quickly
- Please follow the national guidelines around mixing households and the rule of six .
Children’s attendance is not affected if they are isolating or off as awaiting the results of a test.