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Letter sent to all Year 10 parents and carers re confirmed covid case in Year 10 17 December 2020
Letter to all Year 10 Parents and Carers re confirmed covid case 17DEC20

 
Very important reminder from Ms Newton 16 December 2020

Dear parents and carers

I am sorry that I need to write again with yet another Covid-related notice.  However I have become aware that some parents are still sending their children to school when a member of the household is displaying Covid symptoms or awaiting a test result.  You must not do this.

If any member of your household develops any symptoms of Covid-19, the entire household must immediately self-isolate whilst the symptomatic person gets tested.  You can only end this household self-isolation if the test comes back negative.  This is not a regulation of our making, this is set out in law.

We would have had to send significantly fewer children home this term if everyone had followed this rule.

Many thanks to those of you who are complying with this legislation.  The impact on others of not doing so should not be underestimated.

Yours faithfully

Alex Newton

Principal


 
Information about Coronavirus / Covid-19 during the Christmas Break

Dear Parents and Carers

As we approach the end of term, please read, and take careful note of, the following information about what to do if your child tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) during the school holiday.

If your child develops symptoms of coronavirus on either Saturday 19 December or Sunday 20 December, please ensure that you arrange for them to be tested straight away because your child may have been infectious whilst in College.

If your child tests positive for coronavirus and their symptoms started on either Saturday 19 December or Sunday 20 December, please email testresult@thespirescollege.com to let us know.  This email address will be checked daily at 10 am up to and including 24 December.  Please do not use any other staff or College email addresses. Please inform us straight away.

If your child tests positive for coronavirus and their symptoms started on or after Monday 21 December, you do not need to contact the College.  Parents and carers should follow contact tracing instructions provided by NHS Test and Trace. 

Finally, it is imperative that if your child (or any member of your household or support bubble) has any COVID symptoms prior to the start of term on Wednesday 6 January that they do not come into College until they (or the member of your household or support bubble) have had a test. 

With best wishes for a happy and safe Christmas.

Jane Richardson
Senior Vice Principal


 
Message for all Parents, Carers and Students from Caroline Diamond, Director of Public Health, Torbay Council.
 Letter from Torbay's Director of Public Health 14DEC20

 
What Parents / Carers must do if someone in their household has symptoms of Coronavirus

 

Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and this can be arranged via https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.

All household members must stay at home and not leave the house until the results of tests are received.  This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’. Household members should not go to work, school or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home.

We would like to thank parents and carers for working with us to help to keep our community safe by following both government and College guidance on what to do if your child or a member of your household has coronavirus symptoms.

 
What Parents / Carers must do if their child (a student of The Spires college) has a positive test result

 

Should your child receive a positive test result, it is important that we know straight away so that we can respond quickly.  This includes letting us know in the evenings and at weekends.

Should your child receive a positive test result, please email testresult@thespirescollege.com.  Please only use this email address to tell us that a child from the College has received a positive result or that they have symptoms and are being tested.  You should continue to inform your child’s Pastoral Support Manager of negative test results or positive results in other household members.

Please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s Pastoral Support Manager if there is anything about which you are unsure.


 

Guidance for Parents and Carers regarding Symptoms and Testing is available below:

Coronavirus / Covid 19 Symptoms - Guidance for Parents and Carers
Coronavirus / Covid-19 - Getting a test - Guide for Parents and Carers
Letter regarding current Covid-19 testing procedures

 

The college's risk assessment in response to the Coronavirus / Covid-19 situation is available below:

Covid-19 Risk Assessment for September 2020

 

The college's guidance for visitors in response to the Coronavirus / Covid-19 situation is available below:

Working Safely During Coronavirus - Guidance for Visitors

 

A link to UK Government Information and Guidance is below:

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus