Dear parents and carers
Due to the increase in numbers of Covid cases locally, and following advice from SCC Public Health, Somerset schools have been advised to once again action additional covid response measures as necessary. This is constantly being reviewed and we will inform you of any changes.
We will continue to ensure the school environment is well ventilated, enhanced cleaning is in place and regular handwashing and hand sanitizing is maintained. We have re-introduced the wearing of face masks for our staff and young people in Years 7 and above whilst moving around the school and at the school gates (and have advised that parents do the same at the gates). Where it is possible, we are keeping the young people in their key stage bubbles and have reduced mixing between pupils as much as we can.
We kindly ask that if your child is displaying any symptoms at all or seems unwell they receive a PCR test as soon as possible - results of this test must be forwarded to the school before your child can return. A Lateral Flow test result is not sufficient where any symptoms are showing. We absolutely appreciate that this can be unsettling for young people and an inconvenience at times, however, it will help to reduce the spread of covid and keep our young people safe and in school. It is better to err on the side of caution and be truly confident that your child is negative.
In line with Public Health guidance, we also ask that any close contacts of confirmed cases of Covid-19 should book a PCR test.
Many thanks for your continued support with the Covid response – we are disappointed that we are having to revert to previous systems but Covid has not gone away and keeping our children, families and staff safe and healthy are of paramount importance.