Dear Parent/Carer,

Now the academic year is coming to an end we know, as parents ourselves, how difficult it has been
for you and your children. We do not underestimate the impact of having to self-isolate- sometimes on
many occasions. We are very grateful for the efforts you have all made and we should all be proud of
our contribution in combatting the pandemic.

We are also grateful to school leaders and staff for keeping schools open and for their work to keep
children and families as safe as possible while they are in school.

However, we are now seeing a concerning rise in infection rates in Gateshead. Unfortunately, this has
resulted in schools having to send more pupils home to isolate than ever before. We know this causes
you disruption and upset but school leaders, supported by the council, are doing this because they are
following government guidance and their risk assessment.

We know this situation cannot continue indefinitely and we are in discussion with Government about
the best way forward.

Meanwhile we ask you to continue to support our schools. Please remember that if your child is asked
to isolate by NHS test and trace or their school they must do so.

If there are changes to this national position, we will let you know as soon as possible. We hope that
the number of Covid-19 cases reduces as we all follow the national measures, allowing everyone to
have a summer they can enjoy.

Thank you for your continued support.
Yours sincerely

Alice Wiseman 

Director of Public Health


Caroline O’Neill

Strategic Director
Children, Adults and Families