22nd September 2020
It has been drawn to my attention that there is a Facebook thread discussing a child at St Cuthbert's, Kenton in our Y6 Class who is attending school with COVID-19 symptoms or has indeed got COVID-19. Can I please confirm that this is categorically NOT TRUE. I cannot understand why any such rumour would start and where any of our school community are getting such inaccurate information. I can confirm that any suspected cases have been dealt with as per the guidance and the parents/carers we have been working with on these suspected cases have been absolutely amazing following all the correct protocols and sharing the outcomes of any testing with school. There have been 12 suspected cases ranging from Nursery to Y6 over the last two weeks. In every case, parents/carers have kept their children at home as soon as any symptoms have emerged and had their child tested as soon as they could. Any child displaying symptoms has not attended school.
I know parents and carers are worried and anxious about the current situation and this is completely understandable but please contact school if you have any concerns or queries about cases or suspected cases in school - it really isn't helping anybody spreading such rumours which are causing our school community even more anxiety and unnecessarily so. We must continue to work together to keep our school safe and open. I hope all parents and carers know the safety of our children, staff and wider community is at the centre of everything we do and never more so than during the current climate.
IF THERE IS A CONFIRMED CASE IN SCHOOL, WE WILL FOLLOW ALL THE PROTOCOLS AND PROCEDURES AS ADVISED BY PUBLIC HEALTH ENGLAND AND THE LOCAL AUTHORITY AND WILL SHARE ALL NECESSARY INFORMATION WITH PARENTS.
Please use the link below which will take you to a document which will explain what the school will do if there is a confirmed positive case. There is also other documentation on our school website which you may find useful to read. I cannot stress enough how important it is for parents and carers to discuss any concerns with school before taking to social media and causing our community unnecessary worry and anxiety. Please think before you post!