COVID 19 Update 16/09/2020

Wednesday 16th September 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

We have been made aware that a member of our school community has tested positive for COVID 19. We have established through tracing that the member of staff has not had any close contacts with other staff or students. We are very grateful that the member of staff contacted us very quickly when they thought they had symptoms, and was able to provide details of their movements on the site on the days when they had been in. This facilitated our tracing of close contacts.

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.
Just to reiterate, the member of staff involved has had no close contact with any other staff or students.

The school remains open and your child should continue to attend if they remain well.
What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19 or tests positive for COVID 19
If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, or tests positive for 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, or a positive test was taken, whichever was first. 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’.
Further information is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection
The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill or a positive test was taken, whichever was first. Your child should only return to school (after 10 days) if they feel well enough to do so and are symptom free.

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.

Symptoms
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 or anyone in the household does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/ 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
Do
• 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
Further information is available at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Yours sincerely

Mr J Richardson
Headteacher
Beckfoot Thornton

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