18 December 2020

During the Autumn Term school has assumed an important role as part of the contact tracing service in an effort to assist the national effort to limit the spread of the virus which has led to additional workload over weekends and during holidays. Public Health England has now agreed a 6 days window during which, school will remain responsible and contactable for contact tracing where necessary. This will allow enough time for positive coronavirus (COVID-19) cases to be identified and confirmed by a test and for relevant contacts in the education setting to be traced. This will mean that I will be on call until 24th December and potentially staff and children may be instructed to self-isolate in this period.

What does this mean for you? Parents need to contact school directly following a positive test of their child for COVID-19 dated between 19th – 24th December, having developed symptoms within 48 hours of being in school. We will then follow the current school procedure of gathering background information, risk assessing all potential contacts and advising self-isolation accordingly. If you are in the unfortunate position of receiving a positive result for your child within these dates, please do not hesitate to contact me directly on Covid19@eastersideacademy.co.uk I will be checking this email regularly throughout the day until 24th December and I will try to get back to you as soon as possible.

This email should only be used for this purpose.