11.11.20 – Letter to Parents PDF 

A Message from Cumbria County Council

Dear Parents and Carers,

This year continues to be very challenging for families and for schools. COVID-19 has meant disruption to pupil’s education and significant changes to how schools are run.

As the virus has spread around the county many schools have had to take action because of confirmed COVID-19 infections among staff or pupils. Sometimes this has required whole schools to close for a period, but more commonly small groups or ‘bubbles’ have been required to self isolate at home.

Schools take advice from the county council’s Public Health team about what to do when there are cases confirmed at school. What is clear is that no two situations are the same; the specific circumstances in each school are always different.

This is why the action that schools are advised to take is not always the same.

It is important that parents and carers understand this and follow the instructions given by schools that are specific to their circumstances. By doing so everyone can help prevent infection spreading further and causing more disruption.

It is particularly important that everyone follows the guidance around what to do if someone in the family has symptoms of COVID-19 or tests positive. On the following pages is an easy to follow summary of what you must do in different situations.

Schools are working incredibly hard in difficult circumstances and the support of parents and carers is vital to help keep schools open and people safe.

Yours sincerely

Dan Barton – Assistant Director – Education & Skills
Colin Cox – Director of Public Health