8 September 2020

Monday 7th September 2020.

Advice to Self-Isolate for 14 Days

Dear Parents and Carers,

Today we have been made aware of one member of our staff in our school community who has tested positive for COVID 19.

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.

In line with the national guidance available below, we recommend that your child in class 2W now stay at home and self-isolates until Thursday 17th September 2020.

We are asking you to do this to reduce the further spread of COVID 19 to others in the community.

If your child is well at the end of the 14 days period of self-isolation, then you can return to usual activities. A negative test does not mean that you can stop self-isolation earlier than 14 days.

Other members of your household can continue normal activities provided they do not develop symptoms of COVID-19 within the 14 day self-isolation period. Brothers and sisters in other classes should still attend school as usual.

If your child receives free school meals, we will provide a packed lunch for them which can be picked up from school daily at 12:00pm. If you are unable to collect it yourself, you can arrange for a family member or friend to collect it. After a few days, we will receive food parcels from Lancashire County Council that last a week for each child for you to collect.

Work will be made available on-line for the children to access through our website during this time – paper copies of the work can be collected from school if necessary.

Please see the link to the PHE Staying at Home Guidance.

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

What to do if you develop symptoms of COVID 19

If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 you should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when your symptoms appeared as advised in https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance

You can arrange for testing for via https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested 

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, school, 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 can, 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.

Symptoms of COVID 19

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

· new continuous cough and/or

· high temperature and/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 do develop symptoms, you can seek advice from NHS 111 at

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/ 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

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

Yours sincerely,

 

Mr G Ellis

Acting Head Teacher.

Posted by Michelle Davies on 8 September 2020

Category: 2W