Dear Parents and Carers
I hope that you have all had peaceful Christmas and safe celebrations. I said that I would keep you updated on the announcements made before we broke up and following yesterday’s flurry of announcements can now share more information.
Once we have completed the asymptomatic mass testing we will continue to test staff once a week as directed and offer daily testing for 7 days of identified close contacts to minimise the disruptions caused by the need to isolate. As long as daily negative test results are retuned then the student or staff will be able to continue to attend.
If at any time we have a positive lateral flow test you will need to be available to collect your student and begin an isolation period. You will also need to book a PCR covid-19 test online.
While we remain fully committed to be open for all students we also respect individual concerns and situations and would ask that if you feel it is not safe for your student to return either until testing is in place or for any other reason you contact firstname.lastname@example.org or use the Covid-19 text phone number as soon as possible with the reasons why. We can agree a short leave of absence until testing is ready or other matters have been resolved.
Please could you also use the Covid-19 text number to confirm that your student will be attending from the beginning of term, this will greatly help our planning for the college and testing.
You can download forms and the government letter and information on this website and you can also return these with your student or by post or email to email@example.com . We will mail out all the paperwork as soon as we can next week.
I the meantime may I remind us all to help every member of the college community by following safe practices of washing hands, keeping social distancing and using face coverings as directed.
Links to useful information
Guidance - Mass asymptomatic testing in specialist settings Updated 31 December 2020
This document supplements other guidance and covers some questions for our sector