Unfortunately, the positive Covid 19 cases in Telford and Wrekin are standing at the third highest in the West Midlands and are very high in comparison to other areas in England.
We have pockets of positive cases in school but are implementing everything we can in order to limit the spread. We will let you know if we need to reinstate any further measures before we return after half term.
We really do hope that the half term break and the vaccination program in secondary schools will help to slow things down for us all.
There has been a change to the advice we are given as listed here –
‘Household or close contacts of a positive case are asked to take LFD tests daily for a period of 7 days from the start of what would have been their self-isolation period. This is in addition to the PCR they will have been recommended to take.
LFD test kits can be ordered online for delivery or collected via a local pharmacy.’
Our teams in school are working so hard in trying to identify the onset of symptoms in school and making sure children are being sent home straight away in order to protect other children and staff. It is so important that you support us in trying to identify potential Covid 19 cases early. Please do not send your children into school if you feel they could be displaying symptoms. Full PCR tests are the only way to be sure and we ask that if we recommend you to get one, that you do so please. We have had cases where parents tell us it is ‘just a cold’ to then discover it is actually Covid 19 and of course at this point the damage has been done and the virus spread.
If you need help in getting PCR tests organised or help in ordering LFD tests, please do ring the office 01952 387720. You can book tests here www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test
We need to know if anyone tests positive at any time but also for the first 4 days during half term. If you could inform the office on Newdale.firstname.lastname@example.org but also let your child’s teacher know through the year group email that would really help us to support the track and trace process.
Thank you for your ongoing support.
The teams at Newdale all wish you a happy and safe half term.