Dear Parent /Carer
As you are aware, we are currently managing a very difficult situation in school and we are working within guidelines that are designed to keep all our students, staff and their families safe. This has meant we have had to send some students displaying Covid symptoms home to self-isolate this week.
It is with regret that I must remind a very small minority of parents that our staff deserve to be treated with respect. Our team of staff are working extremely hard under very challenging conditions and they do not deserve to be exposed to insulting and rude behaviour; they are just doing their jobs. I appreciate that the difficulties caused by the ongoing pandemic are frustrating and upsetting at times, but this is not the fault of the school or its staff.
If a student is symptomatic, our team have no choice but to send them home with instruction to get a test and self-isolate for 10 days following the Government Guidance. This is in line with local and national guidelines designed to protect all members of the community. The first aid team members are not doctors and do not have access to a Coved test, so they must take the safest possible approach to protect others. They cannot simply decide that a child is exaggerating or lying because the consequences are too serious if they are wrong. Some students have stated and displayed typical symptoms others have complained about severe headache, sore throats and fatigue (the only symptoms displayed by a number of young people who have tested positive at another school in the borough.
No parent would be happy if they and their household contracted the virus because an infected child had been sent back to class
I appreciate that self-isolation is very inconvenient, but the alternative is to put others at risk. We believe it is better to be safe than sorry. This situation is being replicated in schools across the North West and we are feeling lucky that we have not yet had to follow other schools in having to send whole year groups home as the virus spreads in the school.
Please help us to avoid this situation by keeping your children at home if they are ill and showing Covid Symptoms.
Finally, I would like to thank the overwhelming majority of parents that are working with us and are very understanding of the unusual position we are in at this moment.
The teachers in school are working hard to make school safe and purposeful and all lessons are on Google Classroom for the children that are absent to work from when isolating.
I do not like sending out letters like this but as a school we cannot tolerate rudeness to staff who are simply doing their jobs. Our only reason in making decisions at this time is to keep safe the 800 people in school and their families
Reminder of the guidance we are following
Children should not attend school if they have at least one of the coronavirus symptoms, which are:
- A high temperature (37.8°C or above. If you don’t have a thermometer, feeling hot to the touch on your chest or back is a good indicator of a high temperature)
- A new, continuous cough (this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours. If you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
If your child has displayed at least one of these symptoms in school, they will be sent home, along with any siblings, and should not return until they have had a negative test result, even if the symptoms have started to get better.
The whole household should self-isolate whilst waiting for the test result and your child can only return when they have had a negative test result and symptom free for 48 hours. Please inform us immediately about test results, as we may need to take action quickly if the result is positive.
Whilst we know that there are many other illnesses circulating, we must follow the guidance to keep the school and wider community safe.
If you are unsure, please speak to a medical professional.
Please click below for the Greater Manchester Covid 19 Quick Guide for parents / Carers
Mr J Grant