COVID measures in school
I wanted to update you on COVID matters, in particular the rise in positive cases that we seem to be experiencing currently at St Peter’s, in line with many other schools within our local area.
We have closed four year group bubbles within the last week- so far, tracing back the cases, these have been isolated and linked to family transmission rather than a cluster of in school transmission.
When we are notified of a case by a parent we contact Shropshire Public Health immediately and they advise us on the course of action to take. This also includes shutting bubbles following a positive lateral flow test as a precaution whilst awaiting confirmation of a positive PCR result.
Our Covid precautions are robust within school and we continue to follow our risk assessment which worked exceptionally well for the majority of the three lockdowns and beyond.
There has been some indication that the guidelines for schools, particularly around self-isolation, may change in the autumn but with two weeks to go until the end of term, we have received no information from the government. In the meantime, with cases rising locally, I am asking you to take any request to self- isolate seriously.
I have been made aware that a minority of families that have had children sent home to isolate from St Peter’s have been spotted out and about in Wem, at supermarkets and have even attended the circus that was in town last week. I understand everyone’s frustration, we have all been affected by these restrictions and when we see large crowds at sporting venues and in restaurants and bars etc it makes us question why we have to follow different rules. Unfortunately, it appears that our younger children are now more affected and therefore this has a knock on effect within schools.
St Peter’s is attempting to manage something that is out of our control if parents are not sticking to self-isolation rules. Please help us to prevent any further cases by doing your part and following guidance.
Thank you for your continued support.
On the advice of Public Health we are closing the year 2 bubble. All Year 2 parents are being contacted by phone. Please collect your child from school as soon as possible on receiving this message.
Due to the sharp rise in Covid cases, especially in schools, we are recommending a PCR test for anyone connected to our school with symptoms and this includes symptoms that are not the typical covid-19 symptoms e.g. headache, sore throat, runny nose. Please do not send your child to school if they are feeling in any way unwell.
If your child is displaying any of the main COVID symptoms (a high temperature, a new continuous cough or loss of sense of smell/taste) they must self-isolate for 10 days, or until a negative test result has been received.
The rest of the household must also self-isolate for 10 days, or until a negative test result has been received.
Please note that a negative lateral flow test is not sufficient, if anyone has any of the above symptoms a PCR test must be taken.
Thank you for your understanding.
If your child is in year 5 please do not send them into school tomorrow. Teachers will be in touch tomorrow to confirm the remote learning offer for children during self-isolation. I understand that this will be very disappointing for the children as it was sports week. We will arrange an alternative time for year 5’s to participate when they return to school so that they don’t miss out. Please click on the links to read the information letters.
Apologies for the error in not sending the newsletter out last Friday. Please find it below.
St Peter’s weekly newsletter 30th April 2021
The new Children’s Commissioner for England, Dame Rachel de Souza, has today launched The Big Ask – the largest ever consultation with children aged 4 to 17 in England. It aims to find out children’s concerns and aspirations about the future, so that we can put children at the heart of our country’s recovery from the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Parents, care leavers and those working with children are also invited to complete the adult survey to share their views about the future for children and young people today, and what they think is holding young people back.
The results from this survey will help the Children’s Commissioner identify the barriers preventing children from reaching their potential, put forward solutions and set ambitious goals for the country to achieve.