Posted on: March 30, 2021
We have been advised that there has been a single confirmed case of COVID-19 within Year 10.
Through our in-school track and trace system, we have been able to identify all close contacts of this student. These children have received a letter asking them to stay at home and self-isolate for the recommended period as per current Government guidance.
This positive case has been identified from a Lateral Flow Test done by the student at home. The student is now in the process of receiving a PCR test. If this test returns as positive, then the isolation period for close contacts will continue as advised in their letter. If this test returns as negative, close contacts can end their isolation period earlier than stated.
Our academy remains open, and you should continue to send your child as usual if they are well. 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.
I will continue to regularly update you on the situation that we are currently facing.
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.
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 10 days. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’.
The 10-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 10 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.
The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are the recent onset of:
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 from spreading
There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19
Further information is available at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/