We have been advised by Public Health England that there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the Academy.
We know that you may find this concerning but 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 small number of children who have been in direct prolonged contact with the confirmed case will have received an individual letter and will be staying at home for 14 days.
The Academy remains open and your child should continue to attend 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 the Academy 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 here 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 here.
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/the Academy, 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 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.
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 here. If you are concerned about your child’s symptoms, or they are worsening 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. Please 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 on Coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found here.
Mr M Arnull
Head of School