Covid-19 Update

Dear Parent/ Carers,

I am sure you will be aware the Chief Medical Officer has announced, this afternoon Friday 11th December 2020, that on Monday 14th December, the change to the isolation period for contacts will change from 14 to 10 days and that this will apply to all those who are currently self-isolating including those who commenced self-isolation before Monday.


Self-isolation periods will begin:

on the day after exposure,
a test or
the start of symptoms.
The NHS Test and Trace service will be telling people to self-isolate for 10 days instead of 14 days from Monday.


As you can imagine this is very late in the term to make this announcement. However, this does mean that Year 11 at Shakespeare can now return to school on Tuesday 15th December and online learning will cease. Considering some Year 11 have had 2 periods of isolation it is essential we get them back into school as soon as is possible.


However, Year 8 at Shakespeare have had a further case since isolating, taking the total to 3. As a result, we have decided to stick to the original decision that they do not return until Monday January 4th 2021, however their isolation period will cease from Thursday 17th December. Online learning will continue until the end of term.


More details will come out next week as to how you will need to report any cases over the Christmas break.


Once again, thank you for your cooperation and understanding in this ever-changing situation.


Very best wishes

Krista Dawkins