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22nd October 2020


Dear Parent/Carer,


As we approach October half term, I wanted to thank you all for your continued support.  This has without doubt been one of the most challenging periods of time for all of us.  However, the young people of St Helena School have responded with maturity and immense flexibility and that is greatly appreciated and acknowledged.  They are a credit to you.


As the world outside our school gates continues to change and feel different, we aim to provide an environment in school that is safe and stable.  As we have resumed our education offer I have seen some incredible examples of student work, leadership and kindness over the last 7 weeks.


We will inevitably face future challenges and frustrations and as a school we will continue to keep our young people front and centre of what we do.


I would also like to make you aware of Covid-19 reporting mechanisms over the half term period.  The timeframe that contact tracing is undertaken is 2 days prior to symptoms displaying.  This means that if a child develops symptoms during half term, (Monday onwards), we would not need to undertake contact tracing for school based contacts.  However, you should still inform the school if your child receives a positive test result, or if your child has been advised to self-isolate as a close contact, as the self isolation period for your child will continue after the half term break.  The usual contact tracing for social contacts will still apply and this is outside the school’s remit.


If you are advised of a positive test before Monday, you must contact the school so that we can call Essex Test and Trace and follow their guidance.


Please use the following email address to communicate the above if necessary:


We will return on Monday 2nd November.  I wish you and your family well and hope you manage to spend some time together.


Kind regards,


Fiona Pierson




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