as you know, we have closed our Early Years bubble this week due to a confirmed case. Any children and staff who were in direct contact with the confirmed case are have been advised to self-isolate in line with government requirements. This is a precaution due to the fact they are now a ‘known contact’. There is no requirement for other members of the household to self-isolate unless the child, or another household member develops symptoms. If symptoms do start, a test must be arranged and all household members should isolate. If your child remains symptom free they can return to school as planned when the bubble reopens.
Siblings of the children who have been in contact with the confirmed case do not need to self-isolate and can continue to attend school as normal if needed. This is due to the fact that they have not themselves been in contact with the confirmed case. As explained above, if anyone in the household does develop symptoms, all household members should self-isolate and a test arranged.
Whilst self-isolation guidance does allow attendance in these circumstances, we would like to remind parents that the government guidance is to keep your child at home if you can. We ask you to consider whether with one child at home to self-isolate, it is possible to keep all children at home. If your sibling child(ren) continue(s) to attend school during the self-isolation period, please remember your child in self-isolation should not come with you for the drop-off or collection.
The Early Years bubble has been closed until Tuesday 19th January – it can reopen on that day. This is 10 days after the contact with the confirmed case therefore your child will have completed the 10 day self-isolation period.
Please be assured we are always led by government guidelines in all of our actions, measures and procedures and we have followed the advice of Public Health England in this case.