Important update from Mr Brennan

Posted on: November 18, 2020

Dear Parent/Carer,

We have been advised today that there has been a second confirmed case of COVID-19 within the academy.

Through our in-school track and trace system, we have been able to identify the close contacts of this student. However, during our investigations, we have discovered a number of those close contacts have also developed possible symptoms of COVID-19. As a precaution, and to prevent any further spread of the virus within the academy, in line with Government guidance, we have decided to close down our Year 7 bubble.

From Thursday 19th November, all Year 7 students have been requested to stay at home and self-isolate, returning to the academy on Tuesday 1st December. The academy has informed all parents of Year 7 students and access to remote learning will be available to these students throughout their isolation period to ensure that their education continues during this time.

Any students who have been identified as having no access to remote learning from home will be provided with a laptop. We will also be providing home-delivered lunch packages to all students who are eligible for free school meals.

Our academy remains open to all other year groups, and you should continue to send your child as usual if they are well. Siblings of Year 7 students who attend different schools or different year groups, can continue to attend school and do not need to isolate unless they, or another member of the household develops symptoms.

The safety of all our students is paramount in everything we do. I can reassure you we are following the guidance from Public Health England to ensure that we are taking all the necessary precautions, including social distancing, face-coverings in communal spaces and increased hygiene and cleaning protocols to help limit any spread of the virus.

Please be assured that Year 7 students are kept separate from all other year groups at all times. Any area that a Year 7 student has accessed outside of their year group zone is rigorously cleaned and sanitised before any other year group accesses that space. All areas of the academy are cleaned and sanitised throughout the academy day, and the entire building has a deep clean once all students have exited the building.

It is important to remember that if your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they must get a test immediately and self-isolate. This means your child must not leave the house during this time and not have contact with anyone outside your household. Your child must not attend school unless they have received a negative test, or they are feeling well after their period of self-isolation.

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/