SCHOOL CLOSURE WITH EFFECT FROM 23RD NOVEMBER 2020
We have recently written to you all to inform you that we have some confirmed cases of COVID-19 within the school.
Unfortunately, most of the students and a large number of staff have been asked to self-isolate, because they are close contacts, and the School will therefore not be able to open from 23rd November 2020. Your child should not, therefore, attend School until 7th December 2020. Please email email@example.com if you have any queries.
Those children and staff members who have been in direct prolonged contact with the confirmed case will have received an individual letter advising them to self-isolate in line with the national guidance.
In the meantime please can you observe the following:
General COVID information
What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19
If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19 they should remain at home. Arrange for a COVID test via https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling NHS 119 and inform the Headteacher.
If their test is negative, they can return to the School on 4th December, if they are well.
If their test is positive they will need to self-isolate for 10 days from the date when your symptoms start. All your household members must self-isolate for 14 days.
The date of symptom onset is day zero.
• recent onset of new continuous cough or
• high temperature or
• 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 you are concerned about your health or the health of anyone else in your house please seek advice from your GP or NHS 111 by phoning 111.
You must inform the School if your child has a positive test.
There are things you can do to reduce the risk of getting 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/
Further information will be communicated regarding home learning for this 14-day period, together with information for pupils that are entitled to free school meals.
Thank you for your cooperation with regard to this.
Mr Paul Delamaine
OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING COVID-19:
Please see the following information with regard to COVID-19 and the processes/information that is in place to minimise the spread of infection.
OVERALL COVID-19 SCHOOL RISK ASSESSMENT
An overall COVID-19 School Risk Assessment has been developed which outline the measures that the School has put in place to reduce the risk of transmitting the COVID-19 virus as much as possible. Please click here to view the Risk Assessment document.
An Annex to our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policies has also been developed. This outlines the Child Protection measures that the School is taking in response COVID-19. Please click here to view.
There are also Addenda to other Policies, as below, which have been developed in light of COVID-19:
parent/carers can also access support literature as below:
Home Learning: Please see the recent letter that was sent out to you.
Mental Health: Please see the attached poster that was sent out to you.
Please also find below some web-links that may provide some answers to your children’s questions:
https://krisepsykologi.no/what-can-we-say-to-children-about-coronavirus/ (In particular, the 7 points at the end give very helpful advice)
Other communication and advice to Parents and Carers regarding Covid-19, that the School has distributed, can be accessed via this link. Communication will also continue to be sent on an ongoing basis to parents/carers via Teacher2Parent and on other occasions in the post.