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Should I send my child to school?

We are all facing an uncertain time with the ongoing situation related to COVID-19  and I understand the difficulties this presents to parents. School is operating under Government guidelines to ensure additional sanitisation measures are in place and that any infection or outbreak can be quickly isolated but we need your help with this. When your child is fit and well, and there are no symptoms or cases within your household, please send your child to school unless you have been told by NHS track and trace that your child has been in close contact with a confirmed case. Being in class with their peers is such an important element to children’s learning. It is vital that we all work hard to make sure we make every day count.


Below is a poster which gives clear and easy guidance on when you should keep your child at home. Please refer to it if you are unsure whether to send your child into school.

What will happen if my child has to quarantine?

Over the year it may be necessary for groups of children to quarantine at home inorder to control the spread of the Coronavirus. This may be due to symptoms or confirmed cases within their household, or due to being identified as a close contact by NHS track and trace. In addition to this, we may need to ask specific groups of children (class or year group bubbles) to quarantine for fourteen days if we have a pupil with a confirmed case.The decision to quarantine children and staff will never be taken lightly and will be made under the advice of Public Health England who assess the risk and advise us at the action we need to take.


Although such a situation will be unfortunate and may cause inconvenience to parents and carers, we will take any suspected or confirmed cases of coronavirus seriously and we will act swiftly to do all we can to limit the spread. All parents will be informed that there has been a case and you will be contacted directly if your child needs to self isolate as a result. Could you please ensure that you have a plan in place should you need to collect your child from school during the day.