9th Sept 2020
We have now been in contact with Public Health England regarding the confirmed case of COVID-19 within the school.
The student concerned was tested as part of a regular routine screening programme last week before the school reopened. The student was asymptomatic and had no reason to believe the test would be positive.
As a Year 13 student their contact with others has been limited. All students and staff who may be affected have been asked to stay at home until we receive further advice.
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 school remains open and providing your child remains well they can continue to attend school as normal. We will keep this under review.
What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19
If you have symptoms of COVID-19 however mild, self-isolate for at least 10 days from when your symptoms started. You should arrange to have a test to see if you have COVID-19 – go to testing to arrange. Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
If you are not experiencing symptoms but have tested positive for COVID-19, self-isolate for at least 10 days, starting from the day the test was taken. If you develop symptoms during this isolation period, restart your 10-day isolation from the day you developed symptoms.
After 10 days, if you still have a temperature you should continue to self-isolate and seek medical advice. You do not need to self-isolate after 10 days if you only have a cough or loss of sense of smell or taste, as these symptoms can last for several weeks after the infection has gone. See the ending isolation section below for more information.
If you live with others, all other household members need to stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the household became ill or if they do not have symptoms, from the day their test was taken. If anyone else in the household starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for at least 10 days from when their symptoms appear, regardless of what day they are on in their original 14-day isolation period.
The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:
•new continuous cough and/or
•a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)
For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.
If your child or anyone in the household does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/ 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
- wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
- use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- wash your hands as soon as you get home
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
Further information is available at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Following notification of this case the school has extensively deep cleaned areas used by the student.
We are continuing to use our one way system; hand sanitiser use at the beginning of every lesson; bubbles/pods for social times and tutor times for year groups. We have not been advised to change our policy on the wearing of face masks within school.
From tomorrow we will move from recommending to insisting that students wear face coverings on school transport. However, the student involved did not travel on school transport.
We will keep you updated as soon as any further information is received.
Nicki Edwards, Headteacher