21.4.21 4 Slovakia Class Closure
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.
The class of children, 4 Slovakia, who have been in close contact with the individual who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) will need to stay at home for the next 5 days.
We will start on line learning for you and will email you instructions, through your child’s MSTeams email account. The class teacher will need some time to adapt/change lessons before online learning begins.
Your child must now isolate, they should not leave your home. They cannot go to the shops, come onto the school site or for example, for the next 5 days. The children can go outside and come back to school on Tuesday 27th April from 8.30am as normal.
If your child or any member of your household develops symptoms, you must all now isolate. The whole household should go and get tested. If any tests are positive, your whole household must stay home for at least 10 days and isolate until you are well, if all the tests are negative you will not need to isolate.
All other children:
The school remains open and your child should continue to attend as normal if they remain well.
How can we stay safe?
We should all know the rules by now, but please read this whole letter so you are clear about what to do. It is only if we all follow these rules, that we can hope to keep everyone as safe as possible.
Some people show no symptoms, but can still pass COVID to others. The new testing (Lateral Flow) is expected to find more of us that have COVID but do not show symptoms.
- Do not use Calpol and then send your child to school. A high temperature is a COVID symptom. Get your household tested.
- Please, please stick to the rules. Do not go into someone else’s home, always stay 2m away from any other adults who you do not live with. If your child tells us they have been in another person’s home, we will challenge you, as your child will need to isolate for 10 days from when you entered someone else’s home, before coming back to school.
- If someone in your house has tested positive on a Lateral Flow Test you must all stay home and get tested. Everyone must stay home for at least 10 days.
The Lateral Flow Test is the one given by secondary schools to the children, or by your employer to use at home, or ones you have ordered to use at home)
We will provide on line learning for any children who must isolate, but if your child is too ill to come to school they are not well enough to access to on line learning.
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 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
- 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 is available at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
If you have any questions, just ask.
If you need any help, please also contact us.
We will continue this journey through the pandemic together, as safely as we can whilst making sure your children continue to learn.