Important Update from Mr Brennan

Posted on: October 16, 2020

Dear Parent/Carer,

I wanted to let you know that a member of the academy staff has received a positive test of COVID-19. This member of staff is office-based and only interacts with a small number of individual students at a 2 meter or more distance; therefore, we can confirm that there have been no students identified as close contacts with this member of staff.

As we have stated before, all of our staff have been following the guidance from Public Health England very stringently. By wearing face-coverings in communal areas, wearing visors in the classrooms, regular handwashing and keeping a safe distance from students and other staff where possible, it allows us to be confident that we are limiting any spread of this virus within the academy.

We have identified one member of staff who has been in close contact with the positive case due to them sharing an office. We have requested this member of staff to self-isolate for 14 days for extra precautionary measures.

I have promised to be open and honest about any cases that affect staff and students in the academy, and I will continue to do so. Our academy remains open, and you should continue to send your child as usual if they are well.

If you would like to see the measures that we are taking in the academy you can do so from our Covid-19 Measures Information video at https://vimeo.com/450729359.

I have again attached the Public Health England guidance separately in the event that your child develops any symptoms. Please stay safe and should you wish to contact me over any concerns please do not hesitate.

Yours sincerely

N Brennan

Principal


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 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. 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, must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’.

 

Further information is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

 

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.

 

If you require help with buying groceries, other shopping or picking up medication, or walking a dog, you should ask friends or family. Alternatively, you can order your shopping online and medication by phone or online.

 

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

 

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are the 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 does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from the nhs.uk website at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/. If you are concerned about your child’s symptoms, or they are worsening you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://111.nhs.uk/ 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

 

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

 

 

Further Information

Further information is available at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/