POSITIVE CV-19 CASES
THE INFORMATION BELOW IS FOR PARENTS FOLLOWING A REPORTED CASE OF COVID-19 IN THEIR CHILD'S CLASS OR GROUP HE / SHE SPENT EXTENDED TIME WITH.
A positive case of Covid-19 has been reported in you child's class or in a group he/she spent extended time with.
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.
NHS Test & Trace is now responsible for all contact tracing, rather than schools and will contact you directly if your child is a close contact. Further guidance is available here: Guidance for contacts of people with confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection who do not live with the person - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk).
Children in our school who are identified as close contacts no longer need to self-isolate but may be contacted by the NHS and advised to get a PCR test. If you think your child is a close contact but has not been contacted directly by NHS Test and Trace please follow the guidance here.
Advice about when to get a PCR test changed in January 2022 - use the following link to check the latest guidance: PCR test. Feel free to contact school if you are unsure and would like to discuss this.
In light of this case, we would ask all parents to be especially attentive to any potential symptoms of Covid-19 and book a PCR test immediately if any symptoms are displayed - even very mild symptoms.
The school remains open and your child should continue to attend if they remain well.
Further guidance is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-for-contacts-of-people-with-possible-or-confirmed-coronavirus-covid-19-infection-who-do-not-live-with-the-person
What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19
If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they must not come to school and should remain at home for at least 5 days - with several changes to guidance in January 2022, please click here for more information and follow the guidance carefully. Alternatively, call school to discuss self-isolation.
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.
All other household members who remain well no longer have to self-isolate, as long as they are fully vaccinated (defined as having received the recommended doses of a MHRA-approved vaccination in the UK, with the last dose being at least 14 days before the exposure to COVID-19), medically exempt from vaccination, or aged under 18 years and six months: Stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk).
The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:
- a new continuous cough
- a high temperature
- a loss of, or change in, your 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/
I have written this update to inform you of the changing situation with regards to managing Covid-19 within schools. Schools have been advised that it is not necessary to inform parents of every future individual case of Covid-19 which is reported at school. However, please be assured that I am keeping a very close overview of the situation and if cases were to escalate, further controls would be promptly introduced to the school, in liaison with the local health protection team.