Dear Parents/Carers of children in 3B,
I am writing to advise you that a member of our school community has tested positive for COVID-19. This was a pupil in class 3b. The pupil had a persistent cough. The pupil was last in school on Monday 22nd March, took a test on Tuesday 23rd March and informed school when they received a positive outcome this afternoon, Thursday 25th March.
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 even if they do not have symptoms. The self-isolation period is for 10 days; which is up to and including Thursday 1st April . Self-isolation ends on Friday 2nd April.
Your child may return to school on Monday 19th April 2021, after the Easter holidays if they are well and not showing any symptoms.
We are very sorry to have to share this news. We appreciate that this may have a significant impact for some of you and if you need support or guidance then please contact the school office. We are confident we have been following our school risk assessment to minimise risk and this circumstance is out of our control. It is our duty to inform you and we hope you understand this.
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 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 10 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.
Please see the link to the PHE ‘Stay at Home’ Guidance:
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 any further guidance of support then please contact the main school office on: 01132717257.
With kind regards,
Simon Crawford & Hannah Darley