Dear parents and carers,
We have been advised by Public Health England that there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the school in year 9 within the critical worker and vulnerable student bubble. This case was picked up by the lateral flow tests that we are conducting in school and the student was asymptomatic.
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.
The small number of children who have been in direct prolonged close contact with the confirmed case will have received an individual letter and will be staying at home for 10 days.
As a school, ensuring the health, safety and wellbeing of our students, staff and the wider school community has been our absolute priority. As a result, we have closely followed all Government guidance and have implemented all possible safety measures and protocols to ensure everyone’s safety and to limit the transmission of any virus.
Parents whose work is critical to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and EU transition response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors. Children with at least one parent or carer who is a critical worker can go to school or college if required, but parents and carers should keep their children at home if they can.
The guidance that we have received is to ask any member of staff or students that have had close contact with the infected person, to isolate for 10 days from the last time they had contact with the child. The DfE guidance states that close contact means:
This is a single case within a year group bubble and we are confident it is an isolated case.
The students and families of those who are now self-isolating have already been informed and will be accessing remote learning from home to limit any disruption to their education.
I completely appreciate and understand that there are already some inevitable anxieties given the current circumstances we find ourselves in. However, I would like to reassure you that we are doing all we can to ensure everyone’s safety and will be continuing to closely follow and implement advice from the experts to maintain this.
It is important that students, staff and the wider school community remain vigilant and continue to uphold the various safety protocols in place both within the Academy but also adhering to lockdown guidance.
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 most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are the recent onset of:
If your child does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from the nhs.uk website at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19
If you are concerned about your child’s symptoms, or they are worsening you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://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
Further information is available at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
If there are any further updates we will inform you immediately, but if you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact the Academy and we will be able to support you.
Thank you once again for your ongoing support and understanding – it is greatly appreciated.
Please stay safe and join me in wishing anyone suffering from Covid a speedy recovery.
Dr Lisa Mason