Good news!

We can confirm that as we haven’t had any reports of a positive COVID-19 results, for both staff and pupils, since we finished school last Thursday no class bubbles have been compromised and there is no need for anyone to self isolate (unless you have been instructed to do so by Test and Trace). We would like to wish you, and your families, a very Happy Christmas.

We have been advised by the Government that we need to ensure that staff, parents and carers are aware of the following information and relevant arrangements regarding confirmed positive Covid-19 cases in the holidays. The school have been asked to assist in identifying close contacts and advising self-isolation, as the individual with a positive Covid-19 test result may have been infectious whilst in school. If you have symptoms you must get a test and contact us if you receive a positive result. You only need to contact us if a pupil or staff member has tested positive for Covid-19. We do not need to know if a family member tests positive – only pupils or school staff. Do not contact us until you receive the result – we do not need to know if you have to have a test – only if you have a positive result. Please read the instructions below – it is important that everyone understands the process and complies with the request.

There are 2 scenarios

1) For the first 6 days after teaching ends, if a pupil or staff member tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), having developed symptoms within 48 hours of being in school

2) Where a pupil or staff member tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), having

developed symptoms more than 48 hours since being in school

 Scenario 1

For the first 6 days after teaching ends, if a pupil or staff member tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), having developed symptoms within 48 hours of being in school (this means if a pupil or staff member develop symptoms between 4pm on Thursday 17 December and 4pm on Saturday 19 December) and subsequently tests positive – you must email alex.sykes@holmfirthjinschool.net and give the following information.

Name of pupil/staff member who has received a positive test

Class/year group of pupil

Date symptoms started

Date test taken

Date of positive test received

Scenario 2

Where a pupil or staff member tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), having developed symptoms more than 48 hours since being in school, (as our last day in school is Thursday 17 December this means any person developing symptoms after 4pm on Saturday 19 December) the school does not need to be contacted. Parents and carers should follow contact tracing instructions provided by NHS Test and Trace.

School staff will be on-call until 4pm on Wednesday 23 December, to allow time for tests results to be returned to you. They are not asked to remain on-call or conduct any contact tracing more than 6 days after the final day of teaching, therefore, after 4pm on Wednesday 23 December school staff will not be contactable.

For the first 6 days after the end of term, schools are not asked to be on-call 24 hours a day. The member of staff at Holmfirth J I & N School taking responsibility for contact tracing is Alex Sykes and you should email her at alex.sykes@holmfirthjinschool.net. Emails will be checked between 1pm and 4pm every day – Thursday 17 December to Wednesday 23 December inclusive. Please ensure that this address is the only one you use to make a report as it is the only one that will be checked on a daily basis.

If a parent/carer or staff member reports a positive case to us, Miss Sykes will contact the DfE/NHS Test & Trace with the information you provide us with. The DfE/NHS Test & Trace will then review the information we have been given, and will tell school if members of staff and pupils should self-isolate. If this is the case, we will contact the staff and parents of pupils in class(es) affected via a brief text message to alert you, followed by an email with more detailed information. Please ensure that you check your emails regularly between Thursday 17 December and Wednesday 23 December, and comply with any instructions to self-isolate – this is an instruction from DfE/NHS Test & Trace/NHS Test & Trace, not school.

Where pupils/staff are required to self-isolate due to contact with a positive case after Wednesday 23 December School does not need to be informed about their illness or the need for any self-isolation unless this is still the case on the first day of the new term which is Monday 4 January 2021, as any contact after 23 December would not have been made whilst in the school environment. You can tell us this by calling school, and leaving a message on the answerphone by selecting Option 1, on the morning of Monday 4 January 2021, which is our first day back after Christmas.

We hope that you all have a happy, peaceful and, above all, healthy Christmas.