30 September 2020
Dear Parents and Carers
I am writing to inform you that today, Wednesday 30th September, we were notified that there have been confirmed cases of COVID-19 within the school.
With the safety and well-being of all a priority, and following the advice received today from Public Health England (PHE) and the Department for Education (DfE), we have instructed students who were identified as a close contact, not to attend school and to self-isolate for a specific period of time as calculated by PHE.
Year 8 students identified will return to school on Tuesday 13th October 2020.
Year 9 students identified will return to school on Monday 12th October 2020.
If your child has been identified as a close contact, you will have received an email or a phone call to let you know.
We will revert to online learning for these students during this period and the information of how and when your child can access this learning is on the website.
All other students must continue to attend school, in line with PHE guidance. Based upon what we know and our segregation of year group ‘bubbles’, other year group students are highly unlikely to have come into close contact with the identified Year 8 or 9 student.
This provides a useful reminder of how important it is that the measures we have in school to help prevent the spread of infection are followed and how vital it is to respond swiftly if any household members present with symptoms of COVID-19. We will be reminding all students and staff of these points on an ongoing basis.
It is important that you read the following information, which has been provided by Public Health England. We are asking you to do this to reduce the further spread of COVID-19 to others in the community.
If your child is well now, they do not need any specific treatment. However, you should be vigilant for any symptoms of COVID-19 infection.
The common symptoms of COVID-19 are:
a high temperature, and/or
a new continuous cough
loss of sense of taste or smell
If you, or anyone in your family, has these symptoms now or in the future, arrange to have a test as soon as possible, stay at home for 10 days from when your symptoms started, even if you are mildly unwell. All other members of your household will need to self-isolate for 14 days. This is to protect others in your community. Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. If you or your child become very unwell, then contact NHS 111 for advice.
Testing for people with symptoms is available and more information can be found here
There are things you can do to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus:
wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
when you leave your home, always wash your hands when you return
use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough
put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
Keeping our children and families, staff and local community safe is our priority. It is vital that we follow government guidance and the advice from the local Public Health England Health
Protection Team. We realise that you may have questions about the situation; if this is the case, please email firstname.lastname@example.org Please note that we will not be able to discuss any details relating to the individual case but will do our best to answer any general questions that you may have as promptly as we can.
I will continue to update you as appropriate.