Letter for all parents and carers

Thursday 19th November 2020

 

FAO: Parents or carers of children that have not had direct contact with a confirmed case.

Dear Parents/Carers,

I am writing to advise you that this evening a member of our school community has had confirmation of a positive test for COVID-19. This is a child in Year 2 and they were last in school on Monday 16th November. This child did not start to have any symptoms until Tuesday 17th November and have not been in school since this time.

As a school we minimise risk by having Year group bubbles. This means that adults and children remain within the year group they are in for learning, break and lunchtimes and use of toilets and sinks. As the positive test is for a child in Year 2, we need to close this year group bubble but other year groups and classes have not been affected.

We are confident that our bubble approach for staff & children at school has ensured that this child has not had contact with anyone outside of Year 2.

We know that you may find this concerning but are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with Public Health advisors.  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 staff and children who have been in direct contact with the confirmed case will have received an individual letter and will be staying at home for 14 days. As we are working in a bubble approach children and adults have been working in consistent groups which has enabled us to identify the children who have been in closer contact.

The school remains open and your child should continue to attend if they remain well.

The other household members of this wider group do not need to self-isolate unless the child or staff member they live with subsequently develops symptoms.

As your child is not a close contact, they do not need to stay away from school unless they are showing any of the following symptoms of COVID-19:

  • 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, their normal sense of taste of smell (anosmia).

If your child shows any of these symptoms they should not attend school for at least 10 days after the onset of symptoms, and everyone else in your household should self-isolate for 14 days.  Your child should also be tested for COVID-19, ideally within the first five days of having symptoms.  Please see the NHS.UK website for more information on testing: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-for-coronavirus/ask-for-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/.

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 around 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 our main school office: 0113 2717257

With kind regards,

Simon Crawford & Hannah Darley

Co-Headteachers

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