22 October 2020
Advice to All Parents - Covid-19 case
We have been advised by Public Health England that there has been another confirmed case of COVID-19 within the school.
We know that you may find this concerning but we 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.
There were no children in close contact with the individual who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) and those members of staff who have, are self-isolating as per government guidelines for 14 days.
The school will be open on Friday 23rd October and your child should continue to attend as per their recent timetable 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 school 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 via https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test 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’.
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 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 at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/. If you are concerned about your child’s symptoms, or they are worsening you can seek advice from NHS 111 athttps://111.nhs.uk/ 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 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 is available at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Mr Chris Bayliss
NHS Test & Trace
As we progress into autumn and winter, it is common for people, especially school-age children, to pick up colds. This letter from the Public Health England outlines what are the usual symptoms for a cold where you don't need to isolate for a Covid test and what symptoms will require a test. It also gives full details of how this will affect your household.
Click here to read the full letter.
College Open Days
For our Year 10 and Year 11 students, all of the local colleges are hosting virtual Open Days so you can see what courses they have on offer for when you finish your exams. Colleges offer all kinds of courses from academic, vocational and apprenticeship so speak to the college about what they can offer you.
Our new school communication app,
MyEd will go live after half term. It will provide information on whats going on at school, important communications and information you and your child will need. Download the app from your usual app store.
Consent forms for off-site visits and Active participation are provided to all new students and are required to be filled out and sent back.
Please ensure that these are returned, otherwise pupils may be restricted from taking part in activities.
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