We have been advised that there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the academy.
We have carried out a full risk assessment and identified all those who have been in close contact with the affected case and have recommended that they stay at home and self-isolate for 14 days. They may return to the academy on 22nd September. Members of the Senior Leadership Team have made phone calls home to all of those affected.
If you have not received a phone call identifying your child or class, then your child has not been identified as a close contact, and therefore does not need to make any change to their usual routine, including school attendance.
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are recent onset of a new continuous cough and/or a high temperature and/or a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia). If your child, or anyone in your household, develops these symptoms, you whole household must remain at home and not go to work, school or public areas. You should arrange testing for the person who has developed symptoms. When the result is known further advice will be available.
Testing can be arranged by calling 119 or via the NHS website: nhs.uk/coronavirus
How to stop COVID-19 spreading
There are things we can all 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 nhs.uk/coronavirus
As previously communicated it is essential that your child wears a face covering when arriving to the academy and can no longer maintain social distancing of 2 metres or more and adhere to the specific timings and routes for their year group bubble. By following these simple steps on arrival and the routines of hand sanitising on entry and exit to classrooms and toilets, wearing masks when not in lessons and moving to communal spaces, we are following the risk assessment and supporting each other in limiting transmission within the academy.
Thank you for your ongoing support and sharing and emphasising the importance of this message to your child.
Head of School