Information for All Parents
Dear Parents, We have been advised that there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the school.
We know that you may find this concerning, but we are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with Public Health England. This letter is to inform you of the current situation and provide advice on how to support your child. Please be reassured that for most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.
The small number of children who have been in direct, prolonged contact with the individual confirmed to have tested positive for COVID19, have been contacted directly and will be staying at home for 14 days.
As the positive case was in a year 5/6 class bubble, we have made the decision to close the class Bubble. Only children and staff in that bubble must isolate. Siblings can attend school as normal in other bubbles. The school remains open and your child should continue to attend if they remain well.
As you are aware, we have put extra safety measures in place, including staggered start and finish times, a one way system and all areas of the school will continue to be cleaned regularly and thoroughly.
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 should seek a test 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 self-isolate for 14 days. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’. This period does not need to continue if the person with symptoms receives a ‘negative’ test result.
Further information is available at: https://www.gov.uk/…/stay-at-home-guidance-for… The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill. During a period of isolation, household members should not go to work, school or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home only.
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 or anyone in the household does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://www.nhs.uk/…/check-if-you-have-coronavirus…/ 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, including:
• 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/
Additional Note from the Headteacher
As an update I would like to reassure you all that the necessary areas of school have been deep cleaned or are being done over the weekend with a specialist fogging machine. These areas include corridors, the hall, stairwells, the toilets and of course the classroom. Let me say again, the advice is directly from the Department for Education and public health, who have all been informed. We will keep you up to date with how things develop, but hopefully there won’t be anymore cases.
As always, thanks for your support