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Orchard School Bristol

Letter to Parents - 25 June 2021

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Dear parents and carers

I hope you and your family are well, and your children have made the best use of the day at home today, enabling staff to have an INSET day (in-service training) to help us prepare for the end of term and a great start in September.

Thank a Teacher

This week was the national Thank a Teacher day. Children were asked if they’d like to say thank you to any member of staff and many wrote heartfelt messages to a teacher or member of staff who they really appreciate and respect. Our staff team were overwhelmed receiving so many wonderful thank yous from the students - your children are superb!

Contacting Staff

A reminder please of our expectations for parents to speak respectfully to our Reception and Pastoral teams. Our teams work incredibly hard to manage busy workloads and they do their best every day to help. Please respect the fact that each year group has between 150 and 200 students for our teams to support, and they will get back to your email or phone call as soon as they can. Repeated emailing or calling is unhelpful. If you wish to talk to a member of staff, please phone reception to make an appointment.

Covid

It is clear that the new DELTA variant for Covid is increasing across Bristol. We don’t want to have to send home any groups of children, and have managed to avoid this so far this term. However, if a student who has Covid comes into school and is in close contact with others, we have to follow the usual Test and Trace procedures. This makes it essential to please continue testing Sundays and Wednesdays, and to report results.

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (Covid-19) are recent onset of:
• new continuous cough and/or
• high temperature and/or
• a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

Symptoms may be mild in children, and your child may only have one or two of these, however they should still isolate and take a test.

A PCR test can be booked here: https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or by phoning 119. If the PCR test comes back positive, other members of the household are close contacts and need to isolate for 10 days. Friends of close contacts do not
need to isolate, unless they get a call from Test & Trace or they develop symptoms.

Please phone the school immediately if your child has developed symptoms or is a
close contact. If this guidance changes, we will of course inform you. Many thanks for
your continued support.

We look forward to seeing your children back in school on Monday.

I wish you all a lovely weekend.


With best wishes
Julia Hinchliffe, Headteacher