Thursday 3rd December
Dear Parents and Carers,
We have been advised today that there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the school.
We have carried out a full risk assessment and identified all those who have been in close contact with the affected case and have recommended that they stay at home and self-isolate for 14 days, returning to school on Thursday 17th December.
Unless you were contacted today to collect your child, they have not been identified as a close contact and therefore do not need to make any change to their usual routine, including school attendance.
As a school we have done extremely well to get this far through the term without having to send home any ‘bubbles’. This is credit to the children, parents and staff, who have all followed the rules strictly and enabled us to stay open to as many pupils as possible.
Of course, we all hope that there is light at the end of the tunnel as we watch the news about effective vaccines. However, I urge you to continue to be very careful as the threat from COVID-19 is still very real. Please DO NOT send your child to school if they are displaying COVID symptoms, follow the rules and work together to keep our community safe.
I have attached a guide to Tier 3 rules for your convenience. Please do not begin to relax your approach to staying COVID safe. I am aware of several examples of families breaking lockdown rules, including sleepovers that have taken place in recent weeks, outside of any support bubble. This undermines all the hard work we put in at school and puts your children, your families, our staff and our families at greater risk. We have done so well and we do not want anyone to have their Christmas ruined by isolation, illness or worse!
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are recent onset of a new continuous cough and/or a high temperature and/or a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia). If your child, or anyone in your household, develops these symptoms, you whole household must remain at home and not go to work, school or public areas. You should arrange testing for the person who has developed symptoms. When the result is known further advice will be available.
Testing can be arranged by calling 119 or via the NHS website: nhs.uk/coronavirus
How to stop COVID-19 spreading
There are things we can all 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 nhs.uk/coronavirus
Thank you for your cooperation.