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Kirkleatham Hall School

"Unlocking Potential"

Letter To All Parents & Carers

5th November 2020

Dear Parents/Carers

On Wednesday afternoon, we received updated guidance around the full lockdown which commenced today.

The guidance can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19#education-settings

This guidance relates to those people previously considered to be clinically extremely vulnerable. It contains a section relating to children which states the following:

Education settings

More evidence has emerged that shows there is a very low risk of children becoming very unwell from COVID-19, even for children with existing health conditions. Most children originally identified as clinically extremely vulnerable no longer need to follow this advice. Speak to your GP or specialist clinician, if you have not already done so, to understand whether your child should still be classed as clinically extremely vulnerable.

Those children whose doctors have confirmed they are still clinically extremely vulnerable are advised not to attend school while this advice is in place. Your school will make appropriate arrangements for you to be able to continue your education at home. Children who live with someone who is clinically extremely vulnerable, but who are not clinically extremely vulnerable themselves, should still attend school.

To summarise, the evidence obtained during the pandemic so far all points to children being at extremely low risk from Coronavirus. This includes children with existing medical conditions. However, there are a small number of children with specific conditions that are still deemed as clinically extremely vulnerable and these children should not be in school at present. If your son or daughter has previously been required to shield, please could you contact your GP or consultant to clarify if your child is able to continue to access school.

When dropping children off or picking them up from school, parents need to wear a face mask.

Thank you for your continued support.

Paul McLean

Head Teacher
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