We have been advised that two of our students (one in Year 7 and one in Year 9) have tested positive for COVID-19 in their Lateral Flow Device home tests. As a result we have asked a number of students to self-isolate as a precaution. You will have already been contacted by the Academy if your child is affected. The students who have tested positive have been advised to take confirmatory PCR tests in line with government guidance; if their result is negative then the students currently self-isolating will be able to return to the Academy.
The Academy will remain open for other students, and providing your child remains well they may attend as normal unless directed otherwise. Students working from home may access their home learning here.
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
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
- 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 is available here.