Festive Period and DfE updates
Dear parents and carers,
Well, what a journey we have all been on in 2020. Who knew a year ago what lay ahead of us?
We have felt so lucky to have been able to remain fully open this term even when we had alterations in staffing due to track and trace. As a group of staff, it must be said, there is a fantastic team here at Redhills and we are very lucky.
If anything good has come out of this past year, it has to be the incredible sense of community that all of you have shown towards Redhills, and all of our staff.
We have managed to stay open because you have all pulled together, followed rules, worn face coverings, kept children at home if you were worried they may be ill and basically all worked together to keep all the children and staff safe.
To witness such positivity from you all during such a difficult time has been inspiring.
In January, I will be taking a two-week paternity leave from the 6th January to support my own family with a new arrival. During this time, Ms Wills will continue to lead the school in my absence and will be fully supported by our Senior Leadership Team and the Trust.
I hope you all enjoy a safe and happy Christmas with your amazing children.
I would like to take the opportunity to wish you a better 2021, and I look forward to welcoming all our families back in January 2021.
Please note the DFE has outlined how we as a school will continue to support the test and trace systems for part of the festive period. Please see below the information and relevant arrangements regarding positive cases in the holidays:
· Where a pupil or staff member tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), having developed symptoms more than 48 hours since being in school, the school should not be contacted. Parents and carers should follow contact tracing instructions provided by NHS Test and Trace.
· For the first 6 days after teaching ends, if a pupil or staff member tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), having developed symptoms within 48 hours of being in school, the school is asked to assist in identifying close contacts and advising self-isolation, as the individual may have been infectious whilst in school.
· Where pupils are required to self-isolate due to contact with a positive case after the first 6 days following the end of term, schools do not need to be informed about their absence until the first day of the new term
In summary, if your child should develop symptoms after school closes on Friday 18th, please get them tested. If you receive a positive result, and they showed symptoms within 48 hours of the end of school (i.e.by 3pm on Sunday 20th December) you must contact the ACE Trust and not our school admin address to inform them of a positive test here as they will be supporting over the Christmas period: