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Coronavirus Update

15th December 2020

Parent information on COVID prevention and what to do if you or your child develops symptoms over the holiday

Bristol City Council has asked us to share the following information with you.

The Government have announced that there will be a period between the 23rd and 27th of December in which 3 households can meet up. The guidance on what this means can be found here

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/making-a-christmas-bubble-with-friends-and-family/making-a-christmas-bubble-with-friends-and-family

We know is that the easiest way for COVID to spread is when people meet up indoors and encourage you to consider the risk, particularly to older or vulnerable members of your family at this time. Increasing ventilation, keeping physical distance, hand hygiene, keeping to your 3 household bubble and importantly if you are unwell not meeting with others may help reduce this risk.   

Unfortunately due to the relaxation of restrictions we expect to see an increase in COVID infections in Bristol after Christmas and together we want to look at how to safely return to school in January.

To keep your child and other children safe it is important that children do not come to school at the beginning of term if they

  • Have any symptoms of COVID – new cough, temperature or loss of taste or smell ( until 10 days after symptoms have started)
  • Live with someone who has COVID symptoms ( until 10 days self-isolation has been completed )
  • Have been told to self- isolate by National Test and Trace ( until the date they say self-isolation ends and they can return)

We have provided an information table for you to help you see when your child can return to school and whether you need to inform school if your child has Covid.

Child’s Symptoms started

Self-isolation period

Child is a close contact of another case over the holidays when can they come back to school?

Does the parent need to inform school and when

Thursday 17th

child must SELF-ISOLATE until 28th Dec

When school reopens in January

Yes – as soon as test result is known

Friday 18th

child must SELF-ISOLATE until 29th Dec

When school reopens in January

Yes – as soon as test result is known

Saturday 19th

child must SELF-ISOLATE until 30th Dec

When school reopens in January

Yes - as soon as test result is known

Sunday 20th

child must SELF-ISOLATE until 31st Dec

When school reopens in January

Yes-  as soon as test result is known

Monday 21st

child must SELF-ISOLATE until 1st Jan

When school reopens in January

No

Tuesday 22nd

child must SELF-ISOLATE and not return to school until 2nd Jan

When school reopens in January

No

Wednesday 23rd

child must SELF-ISOLATE and not return to school until 3rd Jan

When school reopens in January

No

Thursday 24th

child must SELF-ISOLATE and not return to school until 4th Jan

When school reopens in January

No

Friday 25th

child must SELF-ISOLATE and not return to school until 5th Jan

child must SELF-ISOLATE and not return to school until 5th Jan

Yes at the beginning of January term

Saturday 26th

 child must SELF-ISOLATE and not return to school until 6th Jan

child must SELF-ISOLATE and not return to school until 6th Jan

Yes at the beginning of January term

Sunday 27th

child must SELF-ISOLATE and not return to school until 7th Jan

child must SELF-ISOLATE and not return to school until 7th Jan

Yes at the beginning of January term

Monday 28th

child must SELF-ISOLATE and not return to school until 8th Jan

child must SELF-ISOLATE and not return to school until 8th Jan

Yes at the beginning of January term

Tuesday 29th

child must SELF-ISOLATE and not return to school until 9th Jan

child must SELF-ISOLATE and not return to school until 9th Jan

Yes at the beginning of January term

Wednesday 30th

child must SELF-ISOLATE and not return to school until 10th Jan

child must SELF-ISOLATE and not return to school until 10th Jan

Yes at the beginning of January term

Thursday 31st

child must SELF-ISOLATE and not return to school until 11th Jan

child must SELF-ISOLATE and not return to school until 11th Jan

Yes at the beginning of January term

Friday 1st

child must SELF-ISOLATE and not return to school until 12/1

child must SELF-ISOLATE and not return to school until 12th Jan

Yes at the beginning of January term

Saturday 2nd

child must SELF-ISOLATE and not return to school until 13th Jan

child must SELF-ISOLATE and not return to school until 13th Jan

Yes at the beginning of January term

Sunday 3rd

child must SELF-ISOLATE and not return to school until 14th Jan

child must SELF-ISOLATE and not return to school until 14th Jan

Yes at the beginning of January term

Monday 4th

child must SELF-ISOLATE and not return to school until 15th Jan

child must SELF-ISOLATE and not return to school until 15th Jan

Yes at the beginning of January term

Tuesday 5th

child must SELF-ISOLATE and not return to school until 16th Jan

child must SELF-ISOLATE and not return to school until 16th Jan

Yes at the beginning of January term

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9th December 2020

Dear Parents and Carers of St Bernadette pupils,

I hope you are keeping safe and well. We are fast approaching the end of term and many of us will be looking forward to meeting family or friends following the Government’s guidance on Christmas gatherings from 23rd to 27th December. Next Wednesday we will hear whether the Tier 3 restrictions affecting Bristol will continue or be changed. Although cases in our area have thankfully diminished, Coronavirus still presents a very real risk and we need to continue to be careful.

Yesterday afternoon, the Government announced that schools are allowed to move one of their INSET days to Friday 18th December. We have therefore decided to move the INSET day scheduled for Monday 22nd January 2021 to Friday 18th December 2020. This means that this term will end on Thursday 17th December. In line with the long-established tradition at St Bernadette’s, we will have an early closure on the last day of term, with KS3 pupils finishing at 1.25p.m. and KS4 pupils finishing at 1.30p.m. The school bus will run at this earlier time. If you need your child to stay in school until the normal end of the school day, please let us know and we can make provision for them.

We very much hope that everyone remains well over the Christmas period and that no one tests positive for Coronavirus. There is however a possibility that a pupil or member of staff tests positive at the start of the holidays and we will have to get in touch with the confirmed case’s close contacts to let them know that they will need to self-isolate. The Government and Public Health England are expecting schools to undertake this contact tracing until 23rd December.

If your child tests positive for Coronavirus, having developed symptoms within 48 hours of last being in school, please can you email the school at info@stberns.bristol.sch.uk so that we can follow up with you and identify close contacts.

In effect, this means you are asked to contact us if your child has had Covid symptoms and subsequently tested positive or was asymptomatic and had a positive test before or on Friday 18th, Saturday 19th or Sunday 20th December. Please be aware that the school phones will not be staffed during the holidays.

If your child tests positive for Coronavirus, having developed symptoms more than 48 hours after they were last in school, you do not need to contact the school but should follow contact tracing instructions provided by NHS Test and Trace.

As a school community we are looking forward to the end of term and our Christmas service, which this year, will be streamed to all tutor groups in their classrooms as we are not able to gather together. To help enter the festive spirit, pupils and staff are invited to wear a Christmas jumper, instead of their blazer on the last day of term.

We thank you for all of your support at this time and wish you and your loved ones a healthy, happy and holy Christmas

Best wishes

Mrs B A McLaughlin

Headteacher

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