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10-11-2020 Whole School Covid Letter

10th November 2020

 

Letter for all parents regarding new Coronavirus cases in school

 

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

I hope this letter finds you well. Since half-term we have been informed of three additional cases of Coronavirus within the school community. As a result, no further changes to requests regarding isolation are required as classes and groups of children have already been asked to isolate over the last few days. We are aware that cases are increasing in the Whitehouse Ward, so please can we ask for all families to be vigilant and check for symptoms amongst their family members. Please be reminded that all children and adults who have been asked to isolate (remain at home) must adhere to government guidance and must stay at home and not mix with anyone from outside the home including travelling on public transport or going to supermarkets.

 

This letter is to inform you of the current situation at school and provide general advice for you.

 

Those children and staff members who have been in direct prolonged contact with the confirmed cases have already received an individual letter advising them to self-isolate in line with the national guidance.

 

If you have not received a letter identifying your child as a close contact your child is not advised to self-isolate on account of the cases in the school. This letter is for your information only.  However, you do need to follow the guidance to reduce the risk of getting Coronavirus as described at the bottom of this letter.

 

Although your child has not been identified as a close contact I would like to take this opportunity to provide you with general information on Coronavirus.

 

General Coronavirus information

 

What to do if your child develops symptoms of Coronavirus

 

If your child develops symptoms of Coronavirus they should remain at home. Arrange for a Coronavirus test via https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling NHS 119 and inform the head teacher.

 

If their test is negative they can return to school when they are well.

 

If their test is positive they will need to self-isolate for 10 days from the date when your symptoms start. All your household members must self-isolate for 14 days.

 

The date of symptom onset is day zero.

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection.

 

Symptoms

The symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19) are:

• recent onset of new continuous cough or

• high temperature or

• 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 you are concerned about your health or the health of anyone else in your house please seek advice from your GP or NHS 111 by phoning 111.

 

 

There are things you can do to reduce the risk of getting Coronavirus (COVID-19):

 

Further Information

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

 

If you are concerned about Coronavirus please email parents@whcps.org and a member of SLT will contact you.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Andrea Hall

Head Teacher

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