COVID-19 Update for Year 10s, 10.11.20

Ref: KG/LB
10 November 2020

Dear parent/carer,

COVID-19: Positive case in Year 10

I am writing to inform you we have been advised that one student in Year 10 has received a positive COVID-19 test result. This student has not been in class since Thursday, 5 November.
We have taken advice from officers at the Council and have made a provisional decision to close the Year 10 bubble tomorrow, Wednesday, 11 November, until we can identify all the contacts of the positive case. We will be working with Public Health South Gloucestershire and the Council Education Department and will provide you with more detail by 3pm tomorrow, at the latest. Your son/daughter will access their learning tomorrow via Satchel 1 (previously known as Show My Homework). Lessons will follow the usual timetable pattern, and teachers will ensure they set work.

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

It is possible that Public Health will direct us to isolate the whole of the Year 10 bubble for 14 days from the date that the confirmed case became infectious. This would mean that students would return to school on Thursday 19, November. It is equally possible that Public Health will direct us that we can isolate a smaller group of Year 10 students, and not the whole bubble, based on the close contacts of the positive case. As soon as I receive confirmation I will share this with you.
I am grateful for you following this guidance as a precaution, to help stop the spread of COVID-19 to other members of the community. Please note that this is in line with the government’s new legal obligation to self-isolate.
National guidance states only those identified as a ‘close contact’ of a confirmed case must isolate:

  • Provided your child does not develop symptoms within the 14-day isolation period, other members of your household can continue their usual activities. If your child does develop symptoms, all members of your household must isolate for 14 days from the day your child’s symptoms started. Please notify us if your child becomes symptomatic.
  • Therefore, siblings within your household can still attend school as normal as long as your child isolating does not have symptoms and the sibling is symptom-free – school remains open to all other students.
  • You do not need to request a test for your child unless they display symptoms as outlined below.

Please see the link to the PHE Staying at Home Guidance:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

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 symptoms, 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 not being able to smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Once the quarantine period is over, 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. Further information is available at www.nhs.uk.

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.
We are sorry for the inconvenience this causes you and your family. We would like to thank you for your support and understanding. If you have any worries or questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

Take good care,
Ms K Garland, Headteacher