Advice to All Parents – COVID-19

Good morning, I hope this finds you well. Unfortunately we received news yesterday afternoon after school  had closed that another of our students had tested positive for Covid 19. Enclosed is a letter containing advice provided by Public Health England for all Parents and Carers in response to that news.

As Head teacher it is never an easy or indeed an immediate response to send all children belonging to a year group home. Whilst it is necessary to act in the best interests of our children and to ensure their wellbeing, such decisions are taken after careful and measured discussion and deliberation.

I am aware that some Parents and Carers have queried the timing of our notices to our families. This is very much determined by when we receive the information necessary and the time needed to ensure that due discussion takes place before reaching a decision that will affect large numbers of our children and by consequence their Parents and Carers.

In addition, given the timing of both incidents and the large number of Parents and Carers affected,  I deemed it more practical to text the Parents and Carers of the particular year groups affected in the first instance to alert them to the fact that additional and more detailed information would be available on all forms of our social media which is also available to the wider school community.

In compliance with guidance from Public Health England and our practice that we communicate directly with those Parents and Carers whose children are most directly affected, we then made personal contact with them to ensure that they were aware of all necessary information and more importantly were ok.

I am also aware that some are concerned as to why some children are sent home to self-isolate and in circumstances such as this their siblings are expected to be in school. Again, this is determined by guidance, advice and direction from Public Health.

As always we as a school are more than welcome to address any concerns you as Parents and Carers may have but would ask for your continued patience and understanding that as a school community, and in particular that as Head teacher I will continue to act in a manner that places our children’s well-being and safety at the centre of all decisions made.

God bless,

Mrs Bowen

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Mrs S Bowen is the Headteacher of St Thomas More Catholic School.