Thursday 17th December 2020
Dear Parents and Carers,
As you may be aware, the Whitehouse area has seen some of the highest levels of positive Covid-19 cases within Ipswich. This has unfortunately been reflected in the school community and so it has been a challenging term for all families and staff. The overriding factor which has driven all decisions in school has been the safety of all members of the school community and so I would like to extend my thanks to the many families who have expressed their support and appreciation for everything we have put in place during these unprecedented times. I have been immensely proud of how the children have responded to the changes implemented. Their careful following of the rules in school has meant that we have not seen the spread of infection within classes to the extent that potentially we might have seen. I would also like to express my gratitude to my very dedicated staff who have shown their commitment to the children of Whitehouse and a determination to continue to provide an excellent education for the children despite concerns for their own health and the safety of their families.
As we approach the Christmas break, I do hope families are able to enjoy time together in a safe way and that everyone stays well. If your child or any member of your household does unfortunately develop symptoms of Covid-19 during the break, please arrange for them to have a test and follow the instructions below:
What to do if your child tests positive for Covid-19 during the school holiday
If your child tests positive for Covid-19 during the Christmas break, please email the school at email@example.com clearly stating your child’s name, class, the date when their symptoms started and the date of their positive test.
The Government requires school to assist with contact tracing for 6 days following the end of term. Therefore, if a child or staff member who has been at school tests positive before 3 pm on Thursday 24th December and their symptoms started before 4:00pm on Sunday 20th December we will undertake contact tracing and notify parents/carers of children who are required to self-isolate. We hope that we do not need to contact any families with this unwelcome news; however, should this be necessary, please understand that we are simply following a directive from the Government.
If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19 after 4:00pm on Sunday 20th December and subsequently tests positive, you should follow contacting tracing instructions provided by NHS Test and Trace. Although the school will not be responsible for contact tracing if symptoms started after 4:00pm on Sunday 20th December, please still inform us if your child receives a positive test.
Returning to School
If your child is self-isolating when we return to school on Tuesday 5th January 2021 due to a positive test result, they are awaiting the result of a test, or because a member of your household has tested positive for COVID-19, they must not return until it is safe to do so. Please notify the school of this using the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Finally, I would like to extend my best wishes to all our families for a happy and safe Christmas.