Year 4 Class Closure – July 2021

Dear Parents

I have received notification late this afternoon that a child in Year 4 has received a positive test result for Covid-19 on a Lateral Flow Test following their contact with a positive case outside of our school.  As a result we have made the decision to close the class as a precaution to protect the other Year 4 children and the rest of our school community. A PCR test outcome is awaited, hopefully within 48-72 hours, and if this is negative then the period of self-isolation will be cancelled.  If it is positive then we will be able to confirm further information including the confirmed end date of the isolation and  processes in-line with the changes due on 19th July.

Self-isolation means that, with immediate effect, your child must not leave your household during this period, even if they feel well. Other members of your household can continue as normal within the current government tier guidelines for our area; this includes any siblings who should continue to attend school as normal (children who are siblings attending the Year 6 residential are also unaffected.) However, if your child or another member of your household subsequently develops symptoms of Covid-19 then all of your household should self-isolate and a test be arranged for the affected person.  Please let us know if this is the case, and the outcome of the test, so we can make any further response necessary.

The children will be expected to undertake daily learning tasks at home, which will be posted on the class website http://www.high-firs.kent.sch.uk/year-4/ and you can continue to keep in touch with Mrs McCabe and Miss Rennie by contacting yearfour@high-firs.kent.sch.uk

Due to the measures already in place in school, there is no need for any action in other classes other than for everyone in our community to continue to remain vigilant of possible Covid symptoms and to then act accordingly. A deep clean will be undertaken in the Year 4 classroom, with another prior to return.  Ongoing measures are in place to ensure that the risks of transmission are minimised as far as we can and so the risks remain relatively low.

We know that parents will understandably be concerned but ask that consideration is please taken when sharing information with others (including in messenger groups or on social media) as this can often lead to a great deal of misinformation being shared which only heightens anxiety and worry for all concerned and causes further distress to the families involved. If you have any queries please do contact your child’s class teacher as above, or our office at office@high-firs.kent.sch.uk

We will update you as soon as we have any further information.  We know that this will be particularly disappointing for many of the class as they come towards the end of their school year and we are sorry that you may have to miss out on the events planned.

Mr C Turtle

Headteacher