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IMPORTANT - Coronavirus Information

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12th October 2021

Dear Parents, Carers, Guardians,

As Director of Public Health, I wanted to make you aware of our local recommendations
to help reduce transmission of Covid-19 in schools and reduce the disruption and
impact on learning caused by cases within schools for all our children and young
people. Covid-19 cases in Stoke-on-Trent are still too high, particularly cases in
children and this is affecting schools. We are also aware of outbreaks of other
infections that are causing school disruptions e.g. influenza and norovirus, so being
extra vigilant will help reduce the impact to learning.

As you will be aware public health are working closely with schools to provide advice
and support on the management of any covid cases. This support aims to enable
schools to run as normally as possible, although some additional measures are likely
to be required for a short time to help limit spread if a school sees increasing numbers
of cases; these could include testing, face coverings and limiting some non-essential
events and activities. Your school will keep you informed about any additional
measures they are taking.

The main recommendation we would like to make you aware of relates to children who
are household contacts of positive cases. We now ask that:

• Children who are household contacts of a confirmed case (PCR positive)
should undertake a PCR test, with or without symptoms, and remain home
until a negative PCR is returned.

• If the PCR result is negative then children can return to school.

• Children who are household contacts are also recommended to have a further
PCR test after 4 or 5 days as a precaution to check they have not become
infected. They can continue to attend the setting when waiting on the second
PCR result.

We recognise that this advice is in addition to the current national guidance and any
parents, guardians or carers who still want their child to attend school have the right to
send them into the setting. We strongly advise that the precautions above are taken
but recognise that this cannot be enforced.

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Get in touch
Telephone: 01782 234 234

We also encourage you to continue to help keep Covid-19 rates low by regularly LFT testing your child twice a week if they are aged 11+; keeping them off school if they are showing any symptoms and getting them PCR tested promptly.

Yours sincerely
Dr Paul Edmondson-Jones

Director of Adult Social Care, Health Integration and Wellbeing