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22-10-2020 Further Covid Cases - Advice for Parents

22nd October 2020

 

Letter for all parents regarding new Covid cases in school

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

We have been informed of three additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 within the school; two adults and one child. All three were already isolating. As a result, no further changes to requests regarding isolation are required. Please be vigilant and check for symptoms of all children who are isolating and arrange a Covid test for anyone showing symptoms. Please be reminded that all children who have been asked to isolate (Giraffes, Squirrels, Robins, Foxes and Rabbits) must adhere to government guidance and must stay at home and not mix with anyone from outside the home.

 

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

 

Those children and staff members who have been in direct prolonged contact with the confirmed case 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 case in the school. This letter is for your information only. However, you do need to follow the guidance to reduce the risk of getting Covid-19 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 COVID-19.

 

General COVID information

 

What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19

 

If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19 they should remain at home. Arrange for a COVID 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 and 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-homeguidance-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 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/

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

Andrea Hall

Head Teacher

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