Re: Changes to contact tracing from next week
I hope you are well. As you will be aware, the Prime Minister announced last week that the country will be moving into step 4 from Monday 19th July. Today’s school bulletin from the Local Authority states: “At this point, schools are not required to carry out contact tracing or identify close contacts. This will be the responsibility of NHS Test & Trace (T&T). NHS T&T will contact individuals who are named as having had prolonged close contact and will provide support on how to isolate. There is no expectation that whole bubbles will be isolating. Education settings will only be asked to contact trace where there is a local outbreak. NHS contact tracing will commence when a positive PCR has been reported.”
We are being asked to “inform and warn”. What does this mean for us in practical terms?
Continue to let us know if your child tests positive either via an LFT or PCR test. Should a positive test result emerge then please make contact with the school via e-mail on firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have had a positive PCR test result, let us know the dates of self-isolation. We will now alert possible contacts that they should test regularly and watch out for symptoms. We will implement this from now.
If there are several linked cases over a short period of time, then we may ask whole bubbles to stay away from school.
I will update you on the final arrangements for September in the Headteacher’s Notes next Friday.
If you have any queries then please do not hesitate to make contact with me.
Mr Emmanuel Botwe