14 Sep

Dear parents,

Following the news today that a pupil has tested positive for Covid19, we have liaised with Health Officials and sent home one class bubble in Year 11 and a number of members of staff who have come into contact with this group of children.

As you can imagine that this was a very tough decision to take and it had to be made at a quick pace in order to ensure safety.

This group of children and staff sent home are to remain isolated and at home until further notice.

Our diagnosed pupil was not carrying symptoms while in school and was only back with us briefly at the start of term. Contact was at a minimum and confined to a tutor group and some members of staff.

Regardless of the circumstances, it is vital that school takes all precautionary advice and adopts a fully cautious and safety first approach.

We will continue to liaise with all relevant authorities before deciding on the next steps.

Until further notice, all pupils and staff outside of this ‘bubble’ are to come into school as normal. Should this situation change, we will alert you immediately.

Just a reminder of our repeated safety message:

If your child is displaying any kind of Coronavirus symptom (temperature, persistent dry cough, loss of taste or smell), they must stay at home for 10 days. If a member of your household is displaying any symptoms, the whole family must stay at home and isolate for 14 days. In both instances, ensure that you book a book a test immediately when displaying symptoms by using the online system or by ringing 119 if you are unable to book online. We would advise that you notify school in the event that your child or a family member receives a positive test. Please contact school if you are unable to access a test for any reason.

If your child has recently travelled from abroad, it is very likely that you will need to self-isolate for 14 days. Please check the Home Office Travel website for the latest information; if you are at all unclear contact school. If you become unwell and develop symptoms during the period of self-isolation, it is important that you book a Covid 19 test as soon as possible. Please be aware that the list of countries where you need to self-isolate changes almost daily and it is important that you check carefully upon your return.

We pray that our pupil will make a full and speedy recovery and continue to pray for all of the many people around the world who have been affected by this virus.

Mr Crehan