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Notification and Advice letter

1st November, 2020

 

Dear parent or carer,

Notification and Advice letter

We have been made aware that we have two confirmed positive cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) at Beechwood Junior School.

We have followed the national guidance and spoken with Public Health today.  Public Health has advised as your child has not been in direct contact with this adult due to symptoms appearing during half term, then no further action needs to be taken.    Your child does not need to self-isolate.

We realise that some parents may find this concerning, however, we are informing you so you are aware and that you can continue to be extra vigilant in and around the community.

What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19

If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they 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.

People who do not have symptoms should not request a test unless this has been specifically requested by Public Health England or the local authority.

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 to, 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

Please see the link to the PHE ‘Stay 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

Symptoms of COVID 19

 The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are the recent onset of:

  • new continuous cough and/or
  • high temperature and/or
  • a loss of, or change in, 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 from 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/

Please continue to work with us by following the government guidance on social distancing.

Please can I also take this as an opportunity to remind parents that we all have a responsibility to play in keeping our community safe, therefore please do not send your child to school if they are unwell and/or displaying any of the symptoms.

Introduction of face masks for parents and carers on school site for drop off and collection

Following the increase in Covid-19 cases both nationally and locally we would like to request that all parents and carers wear a face mask at school drop-off, collection and when onsite, please. We would be grateful if you could pass this message onto any relatives that also drop of or pick up your child. We will also be asking our staff to do this.  We are continuing to follow the guidance that children should not wear face masks in school.

The following guidance on wearing masks will help with making sure that they are used effectively;

How to wear a face-covering

A face covering should:

  • cover your nose and mouth while allowing you to breathe comfortably
  • fit comfortably but securely against the side of the face
  • be secured to the head with ties or ear loops
  • be made of a material that you find to be comfortable and breathable, such as cotton
  • ideally include at least two layers of fabric (the World Health Organization recommends three depending on the fabric used)
  • unless disposable, it should be able to be washed with other items of laundry according to fabric washing instructions and dried without causing the face-covering to be damaged

When wearing a face covering you should:

  • wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser before putting a face covering on
  • avoid wearing on your neck or forehead
  • avoid touching the part of the face-covering in contact with your mouth and nose, as it could be contaminated with the virus
  • change the face-covering if it becomes damp or if you’ve touched it
  • avoid taking it off and putting it back on a lot in quick succession (for example, when leaving and entering shops on a high street)

When removing a face-covering:

  • wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser before removing
  • only handle the straps, ties, or clips
  • do not give it to someone else to use
  • if single-use, dispose of it carefully in a residual waste bin and do not recycle
  • if reusable, wash it in line with the manufacturer’s instructions at the highest temperature appropriate for the fabric
  • wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser once removed

We would also like to take this time to remind parents and carers to ensure they socially distance at least 1 metre from each other with masks in the playground. We know how easily Covid-19 spreads and we want to play our part in reducing transmission rates and avoiding school closures.

Thank you for your support at this very difficult time,

Sue Marsh

Headteacher

 

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