Monday 14th December 2020
RE: FOR PARENTS OF DIRECT CLOSE CONTACTS OF A CONFIRMED CASE OF COVID 19 at OUR LADY OF LOURDES RCPS
Advice to Self-Isolate
Dear Parents of children in Year 6,
We have been advised by Public Health England that there has been one confirmed case of COVID-19 in the Year 6 class.
We have followed the national guidance and have identified that the children in Year 6 have been in close contact with the affected child. In line with the national guidance we recommend that your children now stay at home and self-isolate until Sunday 20th December 2020. They can return to their usual activities on Monday 21st December 2020. (This isolation period has been set by the PHE and takes into consideration the onset of symptoms and therefore the isolation is not a full 10 days.)
We are asking you to do this to reduce the further spread of COVID 19 to others in the community.
If your child is well at the end of the period of self-isolation, then they can return to usual activities. A negative test does not mean that your child can return to their usual activities earlier than 21st December 2020.
Other members of your household can continue normal activities provided your child does not develop symptoms within the 10 day self-isolation period.
Please see the link to the PHE Staying at Home Guidance
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 symptoms appeared as advised in https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance
You should arrange for testing for your child via https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested or 111.nhs.uk or primary care
All other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 10 days.
The 10-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.
Household members staying at home for 10 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community
If you are able to, 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 of COVID 19
The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:
For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.
If your child 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:
Further information is available at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Will my child be expected to carry out home learning in the isolation period?
If your child is well, they will be expected to continue with their learning and engaging with their class teacher daily. The remote learning will start on Monday 14th December 2020. The remote learning will be shared on Seesaw and the Class page of the website.
If you are struggling with accessing the online remote learning, please contact the school office.
Mrs J.E. Davies