Class 1a – letter to parents and carers

Sunday 11th October 2020

Dear Parents & Carers,

Class 1a closed from Monday 12th October until Tuesday 3rd November

I am writing to advise you that a member of our school community has had confirmation of a positive test for COVID-19. This member of staff works within Class 1a and was last in school on Friday 9th October. They did not start to have any symptoms until the morning of Saturday 10th October therefore we are advised to work back 48 hours from the start of any symptoms; this would be the morning of Thursday 8th October.

We are confident that this member of staff has only had contact with children and some staff within Class 1a. We are notifying all parents and carers of children within this class immediately and following national and local guidelines.

  • If your child/children attended Class 1a on either Thursday 8th October or Friday 9th October please see the guidance below on isolation.
  • If your child/children were not in Class 1a on Thursday 8th or Friday 9th October they do not need to isolate.
  • If you have a child in Class 1a and children in other year groups none of your other children or members of your household need to isolate unless your own child develops symptoms.

Children in Class 1a who were in school on Thursday 8th or Friday 9th October will now need to self-isolate for 14 days, this will be up to and including Friday 23rd October. Children will be able to attend school again from Tuesday 3rd November – the start of our new school term.

All other year groups are open as normal. We are confident that our bubble approach for staff and children at school has ensured that this member of staff has not had contact with anyone outside of Class 1a.

We will make contact with our Class 1a parents and carers from tomorrow to advise how we will be supporting with work for children during this closure and also food hampers for those children entitled to free school meals.

We are aware that you may have questions or concerns and we will have staff on duty on our school gates tomorrow morning, we will have staff in our office should you wish to telephone school, however I anticipate that these staff will be very busy dealing with enquires.

Thank you for your support.

Simon Crawford & Hannah Darley

Co-Headteachers

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Guidance below for parents/carers – only for children who were in Class 1a on Thursday 8th or Friday 9th October

Dear Parents / carers,

I am writing to advise you that a member of our school community has tested positive for COVID-19.

We have followed the national guidance and have identified that your child has been in close contact with the affected person.  In line with the national guidance your child must now stay at home and self-isolate for the next 14 days, even if they do not have symptoms.

As the last contact they had with this member of staff was Friday 9th October the 14 day period ends on Saturday 24th October.

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 they can return to usual activities.

Other members of your household do not need to self-isolate unless your child starts to show symptoms of COVID-19.  The symptoms are:

  • a high temperature – this means they feel hot to touch on their chest or back; and/or
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours; and/or
  • a loss of, or change in, your child’s normal sense of taste of smell (anosmia).

Please be vigilant for these symptoms and if your child starts to display any of them, it would then be necessary for all other members of your household (including anyone in your support bubble) to self-isolate for 14 days.

If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they 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 . 

If you are concerned about your child’s health, please refer to the NHS 111 website or telephone NHS 111 or your GP.

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

Please see the link to the PHE ‘Stay 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

The safety and welfare of all our staff and children remains our top priority.  We continue to undertake thorough cleaning of the whole school and a deep clean will be carried out in the appropriate areas of school following this positive case.

If you would like to speak to someone, or have any further questions, please contact the school office on: 0113 2717257

With kind regards,

Simon Crawford & Hannah Darley

Co-Headteachers

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