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Important COVID 19 Update

Dear Parents and Carers 

I am writing to make you aware that following the weekend break, Parkside has been made aware of  positive lateral flow test results.  Those with positive lateral flow tests are all isolating whilst awaiting their PCR results and are not currently in school. 

Parkside is following the DFE guidance fully and has been in contact with the Norfolk Outbreak Team for advice today; we have everything in place that they recommended.  We have a contingency plan to limit contact where a case is reported within school.  We will also inform you with an email if there are cases within your pupils class. 

If your child is a close contact the NHS Track and Trace system will be in contact with you.  They request close contacts take a PCR and daily lateral flow tests for 10 days, but they can continue to come into work/school.  If you would prefer to isolate whilst awaiting the results Parkside will authorise the absence and set up remote learning until the PCR result is confirmed. 

You may find this link useful to help you understand when to isolate and what to do. 

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-and-treatment/when-to-self-isolate-and-what-to-do/

This is a reminder that Covid 19 is still very much with us and we will need to be vigilant to any symptoms.  If your child presents with any symptoms whilst at school the advice from the Norfolk Outbreak team is that we request the pupil is picked up from school and starts isolation as well as booking a PCR test.  The Outbreak Team has been clear that we need to have a low threshold towards the symptoms and be cautious in our approach as this will be the best way to keep everyone safe. 

All adults and Secondary-aged pupils (aged 11 and above) are strongly recommended and urged to do twice weekly lateral flow tests.  Please see the link below for any further information. 

Symptom-free coronavirus testing – Norfolk County Council

Thank you for your continued support, working together to keep everyone safe.  We have already experienced staffing issues due to Covid 19 and complications around this and I know this can at times be unsettling for the pupils.  We are committed to keeping everyone safe and ensuring all pupils get the education they are entitled to at Parkside.

Kind regards

Carolyn Ellis-Gage    (pronouns she/her)

Head Teacher

The Parkside School

College Road

Norwich NR2 3JA

01603 441126

www.parkside.norfolk.sch.uk

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