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Important End of Term Information


Dear Parents/Carers, I write to you at the end of a long and arduous term that has taken its toll on our learning community.


Over the last week we have been made aware that 4 members of our support staff have tested positive for Covid 19. We have worked tirelessly with PHE and HPT in order to accurately track and trace all proximity contacts. These proximity contacts have had a significant impact on our operational capacity as 36 staff members including a number of teachers have been asked to self-isolate. The lack of teachers and support staff has meant we will need to take decisive action to ensure we are able to keep our students and staff safe in the run up to Christmas.


We will be moving into a rota system from Wednesday 16th December for the remainder of term, which will include:


  1. Years 7, 8, 9, 11 &13 will continue to attend school as normal

  2. Year 10 and 12 will be asked to remain at home to complete remote learning independently (work can accessed via Classcharts)

  3. Friday the 18th of December will now be a non-pupil day.

  4. To compensate for the time lost on Friday 18th of December we will commute the planned non-pupil day on 12th February 2021 as instructed by the Department of Education.


We have not taken these actions lightly as we always wanted to remain open to all until the end of term in order to support those families that desperately need to work in the run up to Christmas. However, we know that in all good conscience, we need to take these actions in order to ensure we have the correct staffing ratios in place to keep our school site safe. In addition, we also want to ensure that the students receive the best education that we can provide under the circumstances.


We have chosen to keep Year 7 and 8 in school because they are the year groups that are more likely to need child care. We will also be bringing in Year 11 and 13 into school as they are in their examination years and we want to ensure that we can offer them as much curriculum time as possible.


The children who have been in direct prolonged contact with the confirmed cases will have received an individual letter and will be staying at home for 10 days.

We are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with Public Health England. This letter is to inform you of the current situation and provide advice on how to support your child. Please be reassured that for most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.


What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19

If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, you should organise for your child to be tested via the NHS online portal or by calling 119. Your household should isolate until you receive the test results giving the all clear.


Symptoms of COVID 19

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

· new continuous cough and/or

· high temperature

· a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)


For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

How to stop COVID-19 spreading

There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19

Do:

· wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds

· use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available

· wash your hands as soon as you get home

· cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze

· put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards


Flu vaccination

We would like to take this opportunity to remind you and your family to have the flu vaccination if you are eligible for this, especially if you are in a risk group. You can find out about risk groups and whether you are eligible for a flu vaccine at the NHS Flu vaccine overview.

Further information

Further information is available at

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

and

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/


Yours sincerely



Steve Rogers

Headteacher

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Worth Road

Ilfracombe

DEVON

EX34 9JB

Email: admin@ilfracombeacademy.org.uk

Phone: 01271 863427

Designated Safeguarding Officers: Mr Steve Cronin, Mr Lee Roy Cochrane, Mrs Julia Tilley & Miss Lorna Young

Headteacher: Mr. Steve Rogers

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