COVID-19 Update 9th Nov 2020

Ref: KG/LB
9 November 2020

Dear parent/carer,

COVID-19 Update

I am writing to inform you we have been advised that we have one student in Year 12 who received a positive COVID-19 test result yesterday. This student has not been in school since Tuesday due to self-isolation.

Following guidance from Public Health England (PHE) and South Gloucestershire Council’s public health and education teams, we have instructed a number of specifically identified students in Year 12, who were close contacts of this student, to self-isolate for 14 days from when they last had contact with this student. Students’ return dates are therefore staggered. A separate communication has been sent to the parents of this small group of students, outlining their child’s return date, and what is expected of them during self-isolation.

The school remains open, and providing your child remains well and shows no symptoms of COVID-19, they should continue to attend school as normal.

I would like to remind you that if at any point in time you are concerned that your child may have come into close contact with an individual who is displaying symptoms, or is a confirmed positive case, (whether this be in school or out of school) you are able to call 119 for medical advice as to whether your child should isolate.

We know this news may cause concern and that you may have questions as a result of reading this letter. Please be assured we are closely following all guidance from Public Health England to keep our school as safe as possible; the safety of our children and staff is our number one priority.

I hope that the frequently asked questions below are helpful, as is the sign-posted information. If you have any further questions or individual circumstances you would like to discuss with us please contact the school on 01454 868888.


What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID-19
If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, you should arrange for your child to be tested through the NHS online portal www.nhs.uk or by calling 119. DO NOT call 111 to try and book a test.

All members of your household should then isolate for as long as you are advised to do so. Please do not request a test unless your child develops symptoms.


Symptoms of COVID-19
If your child has any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19, get a test as soon as possible. The symptoms are:

  • A high temperature – where your child feels hot to touch on their chest or back
  • A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot, for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
  • A loss or change to sense of smell or taste – this means they cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.

For most children, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

It is fine to send your child to school with a minor cough or cold. They should attend school if they are fit to do so. But if they have a fever, keep them off school until the fever goes. Get advice from NHS 111 if you’re worried about your child and not sure what to do – it could be another illness and not COVID-19.

South Gloucestershire Council has produced a quick COVID-19 guide for parents and carers to help you understand when NOT to send your child to school, the steps to take and when to send them back. Visit www.southglos.gov.uk/schoolreturn to view the guide.


How to stop COVID-19 spreading
Remember there are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19. It is everyone’s responsibility to do the right thing.
HANDS, FACE, SPACE:

  • Wash your hands regularly
  • *Wear a face covering in all shops, indoor and hospitality venues, on public transport and taxis
  • Keep your distance from others

*Exemptions include: children under the age of 11, people with breathing difficulties and people living with a disability.

If you have any worries or questions please do not hesitate to contact us.
Take good care,

Ms K Garland, Headteacher