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Covid-19 Parent/Carer Update 13th November

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Notification to all parents/carers about two members of our school community in Year 11 who have tested positive for COVID 19 from Mark Woodlock, Headteacher

I trust that you have read the other letter (see below) that I am sending out with this one, that is a formal notification designed by public health to inform you of two confirmed coronavirus cases inside Year 11.

That information was received by the school today and, as a consequence of the review that we have undertaken, the Year 11 ‘bubble’ will be self-isolating until the end of 24th November, returning to school on 25th. We believe that we have established any other likely contacts in other year groups and have spoken with them individually.

This should not affect other years who should still come to school. In particular, siblings of those in Year 11 may attend unless a member of the family becomes symptomatic or receives a positive test. It is likely that this news will be disconcerting. Unlike many schools, we have been very fortunate to have avoided a positive case in the first 10 weeks of this school year and to have kept all students in school. It is worth reiterating some of the key public health messages:

 Students who are symptomatic – a high temperature, a persistent cough or a loss of smell or taste – should stay at home. A test should be requested and they should only return to school when a negative result is received.

 If any member of the household is symptomatic, then the student should stay at home and await the result of a test.

 If you are unsure, keep your child at home and call the school. We will advise you of the best next steps.

The best way that we can keep each other safe, particularly as cases in this area continue to rise, is to follow these guidelines.

Thank you for your continued support and for the positive comments that you send in. These are challenging times, but your encouragement and appreciation provides a significant boost for staff in managing the changing circumstances that we face. I hope that you and your family continue to stay safe and well.

Formal Notification Letter

Advice to All Parents and Carers

We have been made aware of two members of our school community in Year 11 who have tested positive for COVID-19. The format of this letter is designed by public health to provide you with the information that you need at this time.

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 parents of students who have been in close contact with the individuals who have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) have been contacted to inform them that their child must stay at home for 14 days. The Year 11 ‘bubble’ will be isolating for this period.

The school remains open for all other children and your child should continue to attend as normal if they remain well.

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-homeguidance/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. Wells Coronavirus Network may be able to help if you are self-isolating.

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 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.

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

Further information is available at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

We appreciate that this may be disconcerting news and will do all that we can to provide whatever reassurance is necessary. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Mark Woodlock, Headteacher