We have been made aware of a pupil in our school community who has tested positive for COVID 19. However, given the circumstances of the particular case, the Department for Education (DfE) has advised the school that no other members of the school community need to isolate at this time.
We know that you may find this concerning but we are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with the DfE and, if required at a later point, Public Health England. This letter is to inform you of the current situation and provide advice on how to support your child.
Once we were notified of the positive test, the school’s leadership team followed the established reporting procedures, which includes contacting the DfE. The DfE advise on a school’s next steps in the event of an individual occurrence, based on the circumstances of that particular case.
The DfE advice that we were given stated that:
- The time when people who have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) are infectious to others is from 2 days before the onset of symptoms to 10 days afterwards, or from 2 days prior to the date of their test to 10 days afterwards if they have had no symptoms.
- Only people who came into contact with an individual who has had a positive test result for coronavirus (COVID-19) during this time need to be advised to self-isolate.
Given the circumstances of the positive case, whereby the child had not been in school for more than 2 days prior to being tested, the advice was given that the class bubble does not need to isolate.
Please note, we will not be sharing any more details regarding this specific case, and advise all families to respect the privacy of those involved by not seeking or sharing any further details within the school community.
The school remains open and your child should continue to attend as normal if they remain well.
We have attached to this letter further advice on what to do should your own child begin to develop any symptoms of Covid-19. Please be assured that this is part of the standard letter that the DfE has provided for us to use in reporting a positive case within our school community.
Thank you for your continued support.
What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19
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 14 days. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’.
The 14-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 14 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:
- a new continuous cough
- a high temperature
- a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)
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.
How to stop COVID-19 spreading
There are things you can 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
Further information is available at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/