16.9.2020 Parent letter
We have been made aware that a member of our school community has tested positive for COVID 19 this week.
This is our second case, but there are no links between this case and the previous one.
We know that you will find this concerning and we are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with Public Health England. I am writing to make sure we all understand how we can keep each other as safe as possible and please be reassured that for most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.
The children and staff who have been in direct contact with the confirmed case will have received an individual letter and will be staying at home for 14 days. The safety measures we have put into place across the school have limited risk within each class as well as between classes of children. We have taken the decision to close the whole class, this is a strong preventative measure so that we can ensure any further spread is eliminated.
The measures we have put into place have ensured that other class ‘bubbles’ have maintained distancing and can therefore remain open. Your child should continue to attend if they are well.
At the end of this letter will be reminders of the symptoms and what to do.
Is there anything else we can do?
In school, I know as parents, you have seen staff helping to maintain distancing and to ensure entry and exit to the site is controlled through one way systems. Thank you to all of you for wearing face shields and/or masks. This is helping to protect us all. We still need to get better at distancing on site.
The only thing we must do is to follow Government advice at all times. We should be maintaining 1-2m distancing everywhere, wearing face masks in any situation where this cannot be maintained and washing our hands regularly.
In Leicester we have been told at the moment we should not:
- host people we do not live with in our home or garden, unless they’re in our support bubble
- meet people we do not live with in their home or garden, whether inside or outside of Leicester, unless they’re in our support bubble
Our household is only the people we live with in our house.
A support bubble is where a household with one adult only joins with another household (on an exclusive basis). Households within a bubble can still visit each other, stay overnight, and visit public places together.
If you are concerned that your place of work, or other public places are not supporting the community to be safe, you can either come and talk to us in case we can help, contact the local authority via email email@example.com, or contact the police with any serious concerns on 2222222.
What else can we do?
Whilst I am still hopeful that we may stabilise and that there will be very few if any cases as time moves forwards, it is clear that your child needs internet access and either a tablet or laptop to work on if they isolate.
They have missed 6 months of their education, and we are ready to keep teaching where ever your child is, and where ever we as staff are. The consequence of not doing this is your child could end up more than 18 months behind in their learning, and I know you all care far too much for your children to let that happen. Your child’s education needs to be a high priority so please please let us know how we can help….if we can we will.
Please also make sure you know how to log into your child’s email address and that you have a tablet or laptop ready for them in case they need it for home learning. They will need it for homework anyway.
We will do what we can to help, so please ask, contact me at school through 2628778 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Do not let your child learn through mobile phones, the screens are far too small if we are teaching online for 30 or more minutes at a time, and children will have instructions / work sheets posted on line and will need to be able to read them easily.
I have said that I will always be honest with you, and so far we have referred 31 people within our school community for testing, of those only one has come back positive, this is the case I am contacting you about today. The previous positive case as I mentioned before was identified through ‘Track & Trace’ and the individual had isolated before becoming symptomatic.
Our experiences currently are that people are able to get tests within 48 hours with results within 48 hours of the test.
As a school we will continue to do everything we can, and I know you will too. We have always had a strong partnership, and with openness and honesty, we will support each other through these unsettling times.
I will leave you with some news of life in school this week:
- Our youngest children in Nursery and Reception have begun, and whilst some have taken to exploring straight away, others are finding it difficult to leave their parents. There is a lot of encouragement going on and lots of promises being made!
- A child has seen me with the 2m stick and thinks I’m a martial arts expert????
- A child in Year 2 has suggested their teacher needs a ‘make over’ and is full of ideas!
Together we will take each day at a time, as we always have.
Information about COVID:
Symptoms of COVID 19
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)
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/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/ or by phoning 111.
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’.
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.
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 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
- wear a face covering in shops and other public buildings, as well as when advised to in school https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own
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