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The Bishop of Winchester Academy

The Bishop
of Winchester

Academy closing Thursday 17th December 12.00 noon

You may be aware that the government have announced that schools can close a day earlier for the Christmas break and I am writing to advise you that the Academy will now close for the Christmas break on Thursday 17th December at 12.00 noon.

Students will return to school on Wednesday 6th January at 8.25am.

This in response to Public Health England’s agreement to a 6 day window after the final day of teaching in which schools and further education providers are asked to remain contactable so they can assist with contact tracing where necessary. This will allow enough time for positive coronavirus (COVID-19) cases to be identified and confirmed by a test and for relevant contacts in the education setting to be traced.

Staff will assist with contract tracing until Wednesday 23rd December (Day 6). 

  • For the first 6 days after teaching ends, if a student or staff member tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), having developed symptoms within 48 hours of being in school, the school will be asked to assist in identifying close contacts and advising self-isolation, as the individual may have been infectious whilst in school.
    • If you child is identified as being a close contact a member of staff will contact you and advise you of the dates for self-isolation.
    • You will find a copy of a letter which provides you with further information attached and should you be contacted you will be advised of the dates which should be inserted in place of ‘xxx’ and ‘yyy’.
  • Where a student or staff member tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), having developed symptoms more than 48 hours since being in school, the school should not be contacted. Parents and carers should follow contact tracing instructions provided by NHS Test and Trace.


Thank you for your continued support.

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