12th November 2020

Dear Students, Staff and Carers,

Firstly, thank you for remaining calm whilst the school and local area react to the spread of the virus. Sadly, Redditch is currently suffering from high infection rates and this is evident across the town and its schools.

As you will be aware, we currently have a small number of staff and students that have tested positive. We have a significant number of staff and students that are self-isolating as a precaution. We appreciate that this is tremendously worrying for everyone and very disruptive for all

What is the school doing?

• The school is open and providing you if you are a student, or your child if you are a parent, remains well they can continue to attend school as normal. We will keep this under review.
• The school has reported all cases to Public Health England regional team. They receive all of the information, often verbatim from the positive sources we are made aware of and they make a decision on the need of who should isolate depending on the risk assessments and other factors.
• There is no clear ‘if a case happens, the whole bubble closes’ rule.
• Each case is assessed on its own merits and the PHE, DfE and Worcestershire Children’s First have been quick and helpful with their instructions for us to implement.
• It is reassuring to know that Public Health England have acknowledged our good practices and praised us for the measures we have put in place.

What can you do?
• Remain calm and await for official notification from the school (telephone calls, emails and official school social media notifications) regarding what actions need to be taken.
• If you are unsure, ask the school in the first instance. Other social media sites might not know what is happening at our school, but they will be happy to speculate.
• The DfE and PHE also have good guidance and advice on their websites.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-supporting-childrenand-young-peoples-mental-health-and-wellbeing/guidance-for-parents-and-carers-onsupporting-children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-and-wellbeing-during-thecoronavirus-covid-19-outbreak

• wash your hands as soon as you get home
• cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
• put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

Thank you for your support during this challenging time

Yours sincerely

Mr M Bennett
Head Teacher