It's been a great week in school and the children are really settled and happy in their new classes.
The social distancing guidance is really important. If there is a positive test within the community, Public Health England will want to know who the person has had close contact with. This is defined by:
a person who has had face-to-face contact (within one metre), with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, including:
being coughed on
having a face-to-face conversation within one metre
having skin-to-skin physical contact, or
contact within one metre for one minute or longer without face-to-face contact
a person who has been within 2 metres of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 for more than 15 minutes
a person who has travelled in a small vehicle with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or in a large vehicle or plane near someone who has tested positive for COVID-19
If you are found to have had this close contact with a confirmed case, then you will have to self-isolate for 14 days. Therefore can we please urge you to try and self-distance by 2m when waiting to collect your child or when anywhere on the school site. Use the markings on the playground to help you keep safe and remember that staff will not be able to have a face-to-face conversation with you in the way they used to - they are more than happy to phone you instead.
Thank you to everyone for being vigilant about the symptoms and taking the appropriate action - if we all act responsibly and follow the guidance, we can keep this outbreak low. There is a very helpful symptom checker here:
and you can always call us if you're not sure what to do.
I'm sure you've all read about the problems with the testing system, but we have to hope that things will start to improve. There is now a new walk-in testing site in Woolston (you still need to book in advance). More details here: