14 October 2020

Confirmed staff Covid case - Wednesday 14th October

Unfortunately, we have had another confirmed Covid staff in our school today. This takes the total number of confirmed school cases to 4 since the start of term (two members of staff and two Year 13 students).

Longbenton High School is following national government guidance for schools when a positive COVID-19 case is confirmed in a student or staff member. North Tyneside Council’s public health team is supporting us with advice and guiding action around any suspected cases, confirmed cases or outbreaks in school through protocols that have been agreed with Public Health England.  

When a positive COVID-19 case is confirmed at any time in the school, senior leaders carry out a comprehensive risk assessment with a member of staff from the Council’s public health team to identify any student or staff member who may have been a close contact with the confirmed case. National definitions of close contacts are used in this process.

If your child is not identified as a close contact of the confirmed case you will not need to make any change to your usual routine and it will be safe for your child to continue to attend school.

If your child is identified as having been in close contact with the affected case they need to stay at home and self-isolate for 14 days, in line with government guidance. Other members of the household can continue normal activities provided your child does not develop symptoms within the self-isolation period.

The evidence from the Chief Medical Officer identifies that the balance of risk is strongly in favour of children attending school and that serious illness or death in children and teenagers from COVID-19 is extremely rare. Therefore, it is really important that all children continue to attend school (unless asked to self-isolate) for their educational progress, for their wellbeing and for their wider development.

 

Year 8 working from home - Thursday 15th & Friday 16th October

It is with regret that we have had to ask our Year 8 students to stay at home and work remotely for the rest of this week (Thursday 15th and Friday 16th October). This is because we currently have 21 members of staff absent for various reasons and this will have a huge impact on how we can safely operate.

We would like to reassure parents that this is not directly related to the cases in our school but is instead reflective of the high number of cases across our region, staff dealing with their own childcare issues, and staff dealing with separate NHS track and trace alerts.

We appreciate that this will cause significant inconvenience and we have not taken this decision lightly. Year 8 will be able to return to school on Monday 19th October. Work will be posted by 9am tomorrow on the Year 8 home learning section of the website here: https://longbenton.org.uk/students/year-8-home-learning-resources

School remains open on Thursday and Friday to all other year groups.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Kelly Holbrook

Headteacher