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Coronavirus Update Letter

Wednesday 7th October, 2020

 

Dear Parent/Carer,

 

CORONAVIRUS SAFETY UPDATE

 

I hope that you are well. I thought it important to write to you and update you on the Government safety advice that we are being asked to follow to ensure children can continue to come to school and that the school remains as safe as possible. Please be assured that we continue to follow the most up to date safety guidance and seeking further advice from the Department of Education Coronavirus helplines where we need further support.

 

Please look at the list of frequently asked questions below and the current advice: -

 

What do I do if my child is unwell and shows symptoms of Coronavirus?

           The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

 

If your child has any of the main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), get a test as soon as possible. If you are unsure you can get advice on the NHS 111 helpline. You can get a test by visiting by visiting the Government testing website:

https://self-referral.test-for-coronavirus.service.gov.uk/antigen/name

Stay at home until you get the result. Anyone in your household must also self-isolate until you have the result of the test. Once you have the result, you must notify the school as soon as possible so appropriate action can be taken.

If the test is positive you should follow the guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection and continue to self-isolate 10 days from the onset of symptoms, then after 10 days, they can return to school only if they do not have other symptoms other than cough or loss of sense of smell/taste. This is because a cough or loss of sense of smell/taste can last several weeks after the infection has gone. The 10 day period starts from the day that your child first became ill. If they still have a high temperature, they should keep self-isolating until their temperature returns to normal. Other members of the household should continue self-isolating for the full 14 days.

If the test is negative, your child can return to school when they are well enough to do so. Other members of the household can also stop self-isolating.

What do I do if someone in my household has symptoms or who has tested positive for Covid?

If someone in your household has symptoms identified above or has tested positive for Coronavirus, then the whole household, including your child, must self-isolate for 14 days. If your household member has had symptoms and then receives a negative test result, then your child can return to school provided no-one else in the house has symptoms or a positive test. If your child has been in close contact with someone who has a positive test result, using the NHS Track and Trace definition, then your child should self-isolate for 14 days from the time they last had contact with the individual.

 

 

Can my child come to school if someone in my household is isolating because they have been in contact with someone who has Covid 19?

If someone in your household has been identified as a contact of someone who has Coronavirus then that person will need to isolate for 14 days as above. However, the rest of the household do not need to self-isolate unless the household member who is self-isolating develops symptoms. It is important that your child is kept separate as much as possible from anyone in your household who is self-isolating in this situation, to minimse the risk of infection. If the household member does not display any symptoms, then your child can be in school. If however, the situation changes and symptoms develop, you must let the school know and follow the self-isolation guidance in question 1 above.

 

If your child is self-isolating, we will provide Home Learning for them if they are well enough to complete it.

 

Thank you for your ongoing support in keeping our school community safe.

 

Best wishes

 

 

Amanda Talbot-Jones, Headteacher

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