I am writing to advise you that this week, unfortunately we have had two staff members who have tested positive for Coronavirus. The parents/carers of children in those classes that are affected have already been notified. The children and the staff teams have been asked to self-isolate for 10 days from the last day of contact. We have been assured by Public Health England that we have taken all the correct steps and that 'our safety measures are thorough'.
Unfortunately, this has also had an affect on our ability to safely staff some of the other classes in the Willow pathway this week, with further staff members needing to self-isolate aswell. However, the actions we have taken have all been necessary to ensure that we follow the Government Guidelines and have been taken in consultation with our public health colleagues.
Please do continue to be extremely vigilant to keep everyone safe. We would very much like everyone in our Oaklands community to be able to enjoy the Easter break, and want to do everything we can to ensure that our children and staff remain well. For those children expected in school next week, if you have any concern that your child may be at all ill, please notify the school office and keep them at home. If your child has nausea, diarrhoea or any other signs of illness, you MUST keep your child off school for at least 48 hours after the last bout of their illness.
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 (COVID-19). You can book a test online at nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or call 119. Please email the results of any tests taken by members of your household during the isolation period as we need this information in order to safely bring your child back to school. Please email any results to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If your child or a household member has symptoms of Coronavirus and you need further advice you can call NHS 111.
If you have any concerns or queries, please do not hesitate to contact us. As always, your child’s safety is our utmost priority.
Sarah Osborne (Headteacher)