16th September 2020

Dear Parents/ Carers

We have been notified that there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 within Year 9.

We have carried out a full risk assessment and identified all those who have been in close contact with the affected case and have recommended that they stay at home and self-isolate until 28th September 2020.

Children in all other year groups have not been identified as a close contact and therefore they are expected in school as usual.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are recent onset of a new continuous cough and/ or a high temperature and/ or a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia).  If anyone in your household develops these symptoms, your whole household must remain at home and not go to work, school or public areas.  You should arrange testing for the person who has developed symptoms.  When the result is known further advice will be available.  Please phone your child’s head of year to discuss a positive COVID-19 test result.

Testing can be arranged by calling 119 or via the NHS website: www.nhs.uk/coronavirus

There are things we can all 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
  • Maintain an appropriate social distance with non-household members of over 2 metres

Furthermore, please do not be alarmed by this news.  This is currently an isolated case.  The safety of our children and staff has been our primary concern.  All protective measures have been carried out since returning to school, such as:

  • the wearing of facemasks in communal indoor areas
  • hand sanitising routinely throughout the day and careful hand washing processes
  • year group separation during recreational times of the day and the staggering of year group movement times

It is also worth remembering that for most people, particularly children, coronavirus will only result in mild symptoms.

Yours faithfully

Mr M Wood

Headteacher

 

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