Wednesday 18th March 2020
Dear Parents and Carers
This afternoon, we have had a case reported to us of a child from our school who has had the symptoms of a continuous cough and high temperature. This child has a family member with a confirmed case of Covid 19.
The child concerned has not been in school since last week and the symptoms have developed since. Consequently, I have notified and sought advice from Public Health England who advised me that there is no further action required to be taken by the school, as the child did not have symptoms when on the school site.
The child will not be tested, in line with current policy, so we will not know for certain whether or not they have the virus. However, based on the family link, this is likely to be the case. I am sure you will join me in sending best wishes for a speedy recovery; we are pleased to report that the child is already much better.
Public Health England have advised us that it is important that no one attends the school site if they have symptoms of a new continuous cough or a high temperature under any circumstances, but instead should self-isolate for 7 days. Family members, or anyone they live with, should self-isolate for 14 days. With that in mind, should your child start to develop these symptoms whilst at school, we will follow advice and telephone you immediately to collect them. Equally, please be reassured that all those who are well should continue to attend as normal.
Should you be concerned that you or your child or any family member in your house has an underlying health issue, putting them at extra risk, please follow advice and self-isolate, but please let us know on the first day of absence.
We are continually reviewing the situation to ensure we are doing everything possible to keep your children safe and healthy. I will of course, continue to update you as appropriate.
Thank you as always for your support.
Yours sincerely, Nicola Dawson