WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
We have had a confirmed case of COVID-19 regarding a member of staff who works solely in the EYFS (nursery and Reception) area of school. Following a full risk assessment in consultation with Public Health, our Nursery and Reception children/staff will be isolating until at least 19th October (14 days from the last possible contact they had with the confirmed case).
Children in years 1 through to 6 have not been identified as being in close contact with the confirmed case and therefore should attend school as usual. This includes siblings of Nursery and Reception children who should also attend school as usual.
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
Further information is available at nhs.uk/coronavirus
We have been advised by Public Health England that there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the Early Years area of our school.
We have followed the national guidance and have identified that children in nursery and reception have been in close contact with the affected staff member. In line with the national guidance your child must stay at home and self-isolate, returning to school no sooner than Monday 19th October. (N.B. the 14 day period of isolation runs from the last day the children could have had contact with the member of staff, which was Friday 2nd October)
Other members of your household can continue normal activities (i.e. siblings in other year groups can still attend school) provided your child does not develop symptoms within the 14 day self-isolation period.
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.
If your child develops symptoms and tests positive during the 14 day isolation period, please inform the school as soon as you know.
Please see the link to the PHE ‘Stay at Home’ Guidance
Symptoms of COVID 19
The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are 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 . 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.
Further information is available at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Many of our children are collected by adults who are at higher risk due to age or underlying medical conditions. The increasing infection rates understandably cause heightened anxiety amongst all of us but particularly those in the higher risk groups.
Please can we ask you all to follow this guidance to ensure everyone stays as safe as possible when collecting children at home time.
Your understanding and co-operation during these challenging times is greatly appreciated.