Letter to parents and carers - Covid

15th October 2020

Dear Parent/Carer  

I am writing to inform you that we have been notified that a member of the school community has tested positive for COVID-19.  

In line with Public Health guidance, the case is now in household isolation and any identified direct contacts have been notified and provided with guidance on next steps.  

We have worked with the Department for Education who have confirmed that there are no additional steps that the school needs to take at this time.    The control measures we have put in place in school incorporate government and public health guidance.   We will continue to work together to implement these measures, throughout the school, in all our activities.    

What to do if your Child develop 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 your 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, 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

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/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/ 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

Do

  • 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

You can find more information about coronavirus (Covid-19) on the government website: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus.

The health, safety and wellbeing of our staff and children remains our priority and we thank you for your continued support during these unprecedented times.

Yours Sincerely

Mr G Moffatt

Principal