We have been advised that there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the school.
We have followed the national guidance and because staff have been in close contact with the confirmed case we will need all staff in the school to self-isolate. We will also be undertaking a deep clean of the school to ensure that it is a safe and clean environment for your child’s return.
In line with the national guidance, we are requesting that staff members stay at home and self-isolate until Friday 6th November.
We will therefore not open school until Monday 9th November. We are very sorry but we have to follow national guidance and ensure that we are doing everything we can to reduce the further spread of COVID-19 to others in the community.
Your child can continue normal activities during this time providing they do not develop symptoms.
We will be providing home learning for the week beginning Monday 2nd November 2020 in two formats:
• electronically on our website
• paper copies that can be collected from the school on Monday 2nd November 2020 between 1.00pm and 3.00pm. The collection system will be the same as during the lockdown earlier this year. Please ensure that you socially distance from other adults who may be collecting work at the same time as yourself.
What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID-19
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. All other household members who remain well must 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 house became ill.
Household members should not go to work, school or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home. Household members staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community.
If you are able, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period.
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, your 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/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 regularly and for at least 20 seconds.
• Cover your face in enclosed spaces, especially where social distancing may be difficult and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet.
• It is now compulsory to wear cloth face coverings on public transport, shops and several other indoor settings.
• Stay 2 metres apart where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place.
• Keep your distance from people who are outside your household or support bubble.
• Limit social gatherings (including abiding by the ‘rule of 6’) and avoid crowded places.
Further information is available at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/