10th November 2020
Advice to Parents/Guardians
We have been advised by Public Health England, that there have been two confirmed cases of COVID-19 within our school. This is for a member of staff and a student. Both are fine and recovering well and both had mild symptoms. This started over the weekend.
Both the member of staff and the student took the necessary steps as a precaution and took a test and have self-isolated since the weekend. They are not related and we are very confident, in conjunction with Public Health England, that these were not transmitted within the school having reviewed each case.
We know that you may find this concerning and therefore we have asked twenty pupils to self-isolate as a precaution who may have been in close contact with the member of staff or pupil at the end of last week. They do not have symptoms. They will return to school on Thursday 19th November 2020 and continue their education remotely during the period of self-isolation. Following an assessment made by the school, a review of our risk assessment and guidance from the Public Health England, no other students or staff need to self-isolate. This letter is to inform you of the current situation and provide advice on how to support your child. I have spoken to all students and staff this afternoon and can only thank them for how mature and supportive they have all been. We are a strong community who will continue to look after each other. If you have any questions please get in touch.
The school remains open to all year groups. Providing your child remains well, they should continue to attend school as normal.
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’.
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.
The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:
- a new continuous cough
- a high temperature
- a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)
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/
Mr James Habberley