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Covid-19 update

Dear Parent/ Carers,

I understand that the following information may cause anxiety in your family and I wish to reassure you that the steps that the school has taken and continues to take to limit the risk of infection comply fully with all government guidance.

A risk assessment is in place and details the control measures we have.

We have been advised by Public Health England that there have been two confirmed cases of COVID-19 within the school.

These cases relate to staff members and at present there are no reported positive cases of pupils.

 

We have followed the national and local guidance from PHE which states that as the infection/ symptoms started 48 hours prior to the individuals being in school no further action will be recommended and the school does not need to close.

 

The school continues to follow guidance from the Department for Education. The current advice is that school should remain open.

Your child should continue to attend as normal as long as they remain well.

All of the staff and children are working hard to follow our Covid-19 protocols in classrooms, playgrounds and corridors.

The increasing number of people using social networking can have both a positive and adverse effect on the reputation of settings in local communities.

Often, settings will only become aware of a concern when they are brought to their attention by a child, member of staff or parents who has access to the comments.

Please can I ask you to refrain from posting any negative comments on social media or class groups as this is not helpful.

 

What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19

If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they should remain at home until you receive a negative test result.  

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. 

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

 

Symptoms of COVID 19

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • new continuous cough and/or
  • high temperature 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 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

Please continue to follow government guidelines when travelling to and from school to help keep our community safe. We encourage that masks are worn when visiting the school site and ideally there should only be one adult on site picking up children at the end of the day to reduce the amount of people in circulation.

Once again, thank you for the collective effort made by all of you in continuing to support the children during this period

 

Further Information

Further information is available at

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

 

Tara Hewett

Yours sincerely

Head of School

 

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