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Covid-19 case in school and requests for parents Confidential

Covid-19 Letter to Parents and Carers

 

Dear Parents and Carers,                                                                    13th March 2021   

 

We just wanted to let you know that we have just had, this morning, the results of a positive PCR test for a child in Mr Line’s Y6 Bubble.

 

After seeking advice from Public Health yesterday, we took the precautionary measure of asking any close contacts of the child with symptoms to isolate until we had more information. These children were sent home yesterday in the morning, and now due to the confirmation, we need those children to stay off school, returning on Monday 22nd March. Online learning will be provided for these children. At this point, no other child needs to stay off school. We would obviously inform you should this situation change in any way.

 

We know that you may find this concerning, but we are continuing to monitor the situation and are in communication with Public Health England/ Department for Education. 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 school remains open and your child should continue to attend as normal if they remain well.

 

Symptoms - Please be aware of the wider range of symptoms I shared with you last half term - sore throat, diarrhoea, headaches, fatigue, aching joints – if in doubt, please don’t send your child in, but give us a call and we can talk it through.

 

IMPORTANT for All Parents:

As there is some inevitability about potential cases in all schools over the next weeks/ months, please make sure that we have up to date contact numbers (including a staffed work number) and try to check your emails/ texts regularly, so we can get hold of you quickly should we need to contact you, or need to send a bubble home during the day.

 

I realise that it is difficult due to work, but if we need to send children home, we need parents to be able to get here promptly, as the sooner potential contacts are isolated, the more able we are to control the spread. It would really help us if you could please put steps in place so that a family member, ideally a parent, can collect. Thank you.

 

Lateral Flow Tests – can I remind all parents that the rapid lateral flow tests are not intended for primary pupils. If your child has symptoms, please isolate them, and organise a PCR test as soon as possible.

 

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Yours sincerely

 

Mrs Hardisty

See Below for Covid-19 Advice

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 a PCR test (the normally available test type) 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 10 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 10-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 10 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 and Testing

We are following the NHS guidance which is that those with the following symptoms however mild need to isolate (along with their household) and should get tested:

A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual) and/ or

Temperature, and/ or

Loss of taste or smell

Try to get a test though the Gov.uk website

Could you also forward any test result to us, for our records.

 

Also, please be aware of the wider range of symptoms I shared with you last half term - sore throat, diarrhoea, headaches, fatigue, aching joints – if in doubt, please don’t send your child in, but give us a call and we can talk it through.

 

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