Dear Parent/Carer,

Change to end of term arrangements

I apologise for the late change to end of term arrangements. The government made an announcement yesterday about some flexibility for schools regarding Friday 18th December. They have made the changes to make sure that there are 6 clear days before the end of term and Christmas Eve.

Alongside most secondary schools nationally, we have made the decision that we will be closed to all students on Friday 18th December as per this government guidance. This will minimise the risk of any possible transmission of COVID which could mean students having to isolate over Christmas. School will close on Thursday 17th December with our usual staggered exit  -Year 9 walkers leave at 2.50pm, Year 8 2.55pm, Year 7 3.00pm, buses will come at their usual times.

Please be aware that it still means that Ivanhoe college leaders will  have to continue contact tracing in the event of positive cases through to Wednesday December 23. We will be responsible, at very short notice, for informing families that they will need to self-isolate over the Christmas period. You will appreciate that this is not an ideal situation and we will continue over the remaining days to uphold our very high standards of ventilation, hand hygiene and protecting bubbles. We have been very successful, as you know, in minimising transmission at Ivanhoe. We are in fact amongst the few secondary schools who have not had to send home a whole year group.

In view of this, please continue to be vigilant and not send your child to school if they feel unwell. As well as the 3 main COVID symptoms: cough, loss of taste, and high temperature, children and teenagers also present with symptoms such as fatigue, headaches, and tummy upsets. https://www.gosh.nhs.uk/news/coronavirus-covid-19-information-children-young-people-and-families Please be aware of these wider symptoms and not send your child to school. We do not want to risk an outbreak this close to Christmas for the welfare of the families within our school community.

For information, please see our Test and Trace arrangements below should you need to contact us regarding your child having Covid sypmtoms:

IF YOU ARE CONTACTING US BEFORE WEDNESDAY 23RD DECEMBER AT 3.30pm:

If you are contacting us to inform us as a positive result (for your child or for a member of your household) your whole household will need to self-isolate for 14 days and your child must not attend school.  As soon as possible, contact covidresults@ivanhoe.co.uk and please forward on to this email address the following details:

  • Your telephone number
  • The date that your child was last in school
  • The date that your child started with COVID symptoms

Social contacts: Please inform NHS Track and Trace with the following information for social contacts 48 hours prior to the onset of symptoms. https://contact-tracing.phe.gov.uk/

  • Details of any students that your child is particularly friendly with
  • Details of the school bus contacts that your child takes to and from school (if applicable)

When you contact us, a member of the school leadership team will be in touch ASAP to complete the remaining in school track and trace.  In the meantime, we would strongly discourage test results (regardless of the outcome) being published on personal social media.  For further information please visit https://www.ivanhoe.co.uk/more/covid-absence

 

IF YOU ARE CONTACTING US AFTER WEDNESDAY 23RD DECEMBER AT 3.30pm:

If you are contacting us to inform us of  a positive result (for your child or for a member of your household) your whole household will need to self-isolate for 14 days.  Your child must not attend school until their self-isolation period finishes. 

Please contact NHS Track and Trace who will give further advice on isolation and conduct any necessary track and tracing.  You can use the grid below to give an indication of self-isolation dates:

Earliest return day for positive tests*

First day of symptoms

Return Day

Day of last exposure

Return Day

21.12.20

04.01.20

28.12.20

07.01.21

22.12.20

04.01.21

29.12.20

08.01.21

23.12.20

04.01.21

30.12.20

11.01.21

24.12.20

04.01.21

31.12.20

11.01.21

25.12.20

04.01.21

01.01.21

11.01.21

26.12.20

05.01.21

02.01.21

12.01.21

27.12.20

06.01.21

03.01.21

13.01.21

 

Students can return to their normal routine and stop self-isolating after 10 days if symptoms have gone, or if they continue to have just a cough or anosmia. This is because a cough or anosmia can last for several weeks once the infection has gone.

If you still have a high temperature after 10 days, stay at home and seek medical advice.

Earliest return day for self-isolation:

Day of last exposure

Return Day

Day of last exposure

Return Day

21.12.20

04.01.21

28.12.20

11.01.21

22.12.20

05.01.21

29.12.20

12.01.21

23.12.20

06.01.21

30.12.20

13.01.21

24.12.20

07.01.21

31.12.20

14.01.21

25.12.20

08.01.21

01.01.21

15.01.21

26.12.20

11.01.21

02.01.21

18.01.21

27.12.20

11.01.21

03.01.21

18.01.21

 

For further information please visit https://www.ivanhoe.co.uk/more/covid-absence

Thank you for your support during this challenging term. We wish you and your family a safe and happy Christmas

Yours sincerely

Alison Allford

Headteacher

09 Dec 2020

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