We have been advised of a positive case of Covid-19 in Year 5. The child is self isolating and not attending school. We are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with Public Health England and the Local Authority Public Health Team. 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 your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they should get a full PCR test and remain at home until the result is received. If it is positive they should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared.
Anyone with symptoms is eligible for PCR testing and this can be arranged via https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.
The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:
· new continuous cough and/or
· high temperature
· a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)
As a precautionary measure, it is recommended locally that any pupil unwell enough not to attend school for any illness / symptom also accesses a PCR test.
For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.
If your child or anyone in the household does develop symptoms, however mild 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.
Contact with a positive case
If you’re fully vaccinated or under 18 years and 6 months, you no longer need to self-isolate after close contact with someone who has COVID-19 (including household members). If you have symptoms you should still isolate and take a PCR test. Find out when to self-isolate and what to do on the NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-and-treatment/when-to-self-isolate-and-what-to-do/
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 Do
· 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
· undertake regular Lateral Flow Testing which can help identify people who may have no symptoms but are still infectious and can give the virus to others.
Further information is available at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Mrs J Nash Head of School