I am writing to make you aware that a further member of the Academy community has had a positive Lateral Flow Test result inline with government advice the individual has booked a confirmatory PCR test.
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 parents of the students who have been in close contact with the individual who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) have been contacted by the Academy and have received a letter informing them that their child must stay at home for 10 days from their last contact with the individual. This means that these students can return to the Academy at the start of the new term on Tuesday 20 April 2021.
The school remains open and your child should continue to attend as normal if they remain well.
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:
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.
There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19.
Further information is available at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/.
Miss V J Watts