I am writing today, once again, to ask you to do what you can to keep our community safe and virus free. Alongside this newsletter are two documents from Colin Cox, the Director of Public Health in Cumbria, outlining the most up to date advice and information regarding covid infections.
Sadly, infections are on the rise and having an impact on schools in our locality. There were 48 cases in local schools on Wednesday this week, a sharp rise given there were none on Monday. These cases are of the new Delta coronavirus variant, and it seems that even those who are fully vaccinated can catch this variant and spread it to others.
As a result, schools have been asked to once again review their risk assessments and procedures, tightening controls and returning to more stringent measures.
In the light of this I will ask you to once again wear face coverings on the schools site, even outside, and to maintain social distancing measures. Please do not send your child to school if they are showing any covid symptoms, keep the family at home, isolate and get tested. Those with symptoms should get a PCR test but their contacts do not need to, unless they develop symptoms. Contacts do need to isolate until they can be assured of a negative result from the PCR.
It is now quick and easy to get PCR tested and families may also wish to take regular LFT tests for peace of mind. These can be easily accessed to keep at home for regular or infrequent use. (see attached sheet for guidance)
Please keep up high standards of hand and respiratory hygiene and avoid large social gatherings as much as possible.
I know that none of us wish to return to a period of home schooling, especially when children are so settled in their learning and making excellent progress. We have so many exciting events planned over the coming weeks, it would be disappointing to have to cancel them at this late part of the school term.
Our staff teams will continue to do everything they can to keep you and your children safe, happy and learning over the coming few weeks. I thank you in advance for your support as we tackle this new phase of the pandemic as a school community.