Letter re confirmed Covid19 cases in school
25 November 2020
25th November 2020
Advice to All Parents
CONFIRMED POSITIVE COVID-19 RESULTS IN YEAR 7, 9 and 10.
Please be advised that we have today received confirmation that 2 further students in Y9, one in Y10 plus a student in Y7 have had confirmed positive COVID-19 results. This letter is being sent to all parents to ensure everyone is being kept informed of the cases at the school.
If your child has been asked to self-isolate due to being likely to have come into a 2 metre proximity you will have been contacted by the school and have received a separate letter regarding that isolation. The School has taken advice from DfE / Public Health England.
We sincerely wish our students a speedy recovery and remind parents that our plans for teaching in “year group bubbles” is for this eventuality. As your child has not been identified as one of those students who may have come into contact with this student this letter is for information.
What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19
- If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they must not come to school and should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and this can be arranged via https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.
- All other household members who remain well, must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’.
- Further information is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection
- The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.
- Household members should not go to work, school or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home.
- If you require help with buying groceries, other shopping or picking up medication, or walking a dog, you should ask friends or family. Alternatively, you can order your shopping online and medication by phone or online.
- Household members staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community
- If you are able, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period.
Symptoms of COVID 19
The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:
- new continuous cough and/or
- high temperature and/or
- a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)
If your child displays any of these symptoms please contact NHS 111 for advice before sending them to school.
For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.
If your child does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from the nhs.uk website at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/. If you are concerned about your child’s symptoms, or they are worsening you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://111.nhs.uk/ or by phoning 111.
How to stop COVID-19 spreading
There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19
- wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
- use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- wash your hands as soon as you get home
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
Further information is available at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
I will of course update parents if any of the above information changes and ask that if your child has any symptoms you follow the current advice to reduce the risk of spreading.
With best wishes.
Mrs V Ray