COVID News 22.01.21

Dear Families  

I wanted to write and update you about a development in the government’s response to the COVID 19 Pandemic and highlight the possible implications for your family in coming weeks.  

Up to one in three people who have the virus have it without symptoms (they are asymptomatic) so could be spreading the disease unknowingly. Therefore, from Monday 25th January the Department for Education are introducing asymptomatic testing for all staff working in schools. These tests will be carried out twice weekly so that any members of staff who may be carrying the virus can be identified and asked to isolate in order to control the spread of the virus.   

Staff at our school will be asked to test each Monday and Thursday evening.  Any staff who receive a positive result will be required to self-isolate and seek a full test. This could have implications on each pod and whether we can safely staff it. We will, of course, endeavour to communicate with you in the most timely manner possible.  

I understand that this is yet another complication in an already difficult situation for us all but I sincerely hope that this development will help to identify positive cases more quickly and break the chains of transmission.  This will hopefully mean that the normal life we all crave is just that little bit closer to returning.  

As always, if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in contact with me. 

Victoria McConnell 
Wensum Junior and Nelson Infant Schools