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COVID-19 Update

We have been advised that there has been a confirmed single case of COVID-19 within Year 9.

The Academy remains open, and providing your child remains well they may continue to attend as normal unless directed otherwise. We will keep this under review, and are currently contacting any students and staff who have been in direct or close contact with the affected student; these students and staff will not be attending the Academy and must self-isolate returning to the Academy from Wednesday 21st October 2020.

We are continuing to monitor the situation and working closely with Sandwell Public Health. This post 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.

What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19

If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they 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 here or by calling 119. 

All other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days.

The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.

Household members should not go to work, the Academy, or public areas, and exercise should be taken within the home.

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:

  • new continuous cough, and/or;
  • high temperature;
  • a loss of, or change in, 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 here 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 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 here.

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