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Update from Headteacher on Covid-19 (8/11/2020)

Update from Headteacher on Covid-19 (8/11/2020)

Dear Parent/Carer

As you know staff at Frederick Gent School have, since our return in September, worked hard to welcome students back to school with systems in place to ensure your children are as safe as possible during this pandemic. We have, throughout this crisis, sought to communicate regularly and clearly what is going on and why. We have very robust precautionary measures in place at school and we are as confident as we can be that the levels of hygiene and safety are as effective as possible.  Having said all this, you will know doubt be aware that we are now operating at a time where the country as a whole is seeing an increase in positive tests for Covid-19.

As you may already be aware, today we have had our first confirmed positive case of COVID-19.

We know that you may find this concerning but we are carefully managing the situation and continue to work closely with the DfE and Public Health England to ensure appropriate action is taken. 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.

As a school, we have identified the small number of students who have been in close and prolonged direct contact with the confirmed case. The children concerned and their parents will be contacted individually and will need to stay at home for a specific period of time.

The school remains open though and your child should continue to attend if they remain well.

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’.

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. 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

As a school, we have been very successful in managing a safe return to school for our pupils. This success is, as with everything, a team effort that has relied on the support provided by the community. This ongoing support is vital if we are to continue to provide the safe learning environment that I know we all want for the children at Frederick Gent School. I want to thank you in advance for the role that I know you will continue to play in this.

Yours sincerely

Mr Woollard

Headteacher

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