It has been a fantastic start to the term so far, with children settling well and lots of smiles during the last few days. I will write to you in more detail tomorrow about the first few days.
However, as you will understand from previous correspondence, I am keen to ensure that all parents/carers know how we are keeping your children safe during the Coronavirus pandemic and what precautions we are taking. Therefore, I am writing to advise you that a child in the school was sent home today due to having a symptom of Coronavirus. The child was not in your child’s class (unless you have been specifically contacted). The child’s parents have been asked to take them for a Coronavirus test as soon as possible. So that we make sure all parents/carers are kept informed about our situation, I will advise you of the outcome in the next couple of days.
Following Government Guidance, your child should continue attending school providing they remain well. This guidance can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-schools-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak/guidance-for-full-opening-schools#soc
However, if your child becomes unwell with a new and persistent cough, or a high temperature, or has a loss of or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia), you MUST keep them at home and you must follow guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, which sets out that your child should self-isolate for at least 10 days and you should arrange to have a test to see if they have Coronavirus. You can book a test online at nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or call 119.
Please be vigilant in continuing to look for the symptoms of Coronavirus. If your child or a household member has symptoms of Coronavirus and you need further advice you can call NHS 111.
You MUST keep your child off school for 48 hours if they have nausea, diarrhoea or any other signs of illness. Please ring the school office to let us know.
I am sure this situation will arise many times in the coming months. As you are aware, it is extremely difficult for us to be able to distinguish between symptoms of normal coughs, colds and childhood illnesses and those symptoms of Coronavirus. We will continue to follow all of the safety measures in our Risk Assessment, particularly ensuring vigilance around hand hygiene at all points during the day. If you have any concerns or queries, please do not hesitate to contact us. Your child’s safety is our utmost priority. We will contact you as soon as we know the outcome of this child’s test.
Sarah Osborne (Headteacher)