Shenton Primary School

Empowering and nurturing young minds to achieve excellence



28.9.2020 Ms Gita Parent letter

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

We have been advised by Public Health England that there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the school.

 

We know that you may find this concerning but we are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with Public Health England. 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.

 

This has affected our Nursery this time, but they will be back with us on Monday 5th October. Some of you may be asking why different classes have closed for different lengths of time, and this is because the 14 days are counted from the date that symptoms were first known to us, rather than the date of the test. Public Health England are continuing to monitor the situation, and advice may change over time.

 

We will continue to do everything we can to keep your children safe. There are no connections that we know of between any of the cases.

 

It is very important that if your child is sent home to isolate, they cannot leave the house to play with friends, they cannot go to the shop with you, they cannot go to madrassa or anywhere else.

 

The Government announced yesterday that fines can be issued of up to £1000 to anyone who fails to comply if they are asked to isolate.

 

Together if we all follow the guidelines, we will be able to keep your child as safe as possible.

 

How will we continue to teach?

 

The Nursery class has only just begun and we hope, as many have started to get to know us and settled, that this 4 day break will not unsettle them again.  

 

At the moment we are developing our technology, having purchased new hardware for each classroom. This will mean, once it is installed that your child will be able to ‘remotely’ access lessons taught in class. This may take another 4-6 weeks however. Please be patient as we only have one teacher per class, if they are teaching at school they do not have time to put extensive packs of lessons together if only one child is isolating. We will however help your child in the best way that we can, and ensure they catch up when they return.

 

Who has to isolate?

The children who have been in close contact with the individual who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) have received a letter asking them to stay at home for 14 days. To be as safe as possible the bubble was closed.

 

The school remains open to all other classes, as we have kept them safe, and your child should continue to attend as normal if they remain well.

 

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 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/

 

 Yours sincerely

 

Ms Gita