Dear parent or carer,
I hope my message finds you safe and well.
I am writing to you as we have been informed that pupil has unfortunately tested positive for COVID-19 and is therefore self-isolating for a period of 14 days from the onset of symptoms. I am sure you will join me in wishing the pupil a swift recovery.
Having been informed about the case, we immediately contacted Public Health England who have advised that individuals who have been in close contact with the pupil should also self-isolate until Wednesday 14th as a precaution.
As a result of the swift actions of my team and robust safety measures at the academy, including the arrangement of pupils and staff into bubbles to limit contact between individuals, we have been able to quickly identify our pupils’ precise movements and seating arrangements. We have therefore been working closely with staff members and pupils who must self-isolate as a precaution.
We are continuing to work closely with Public Health England who have assured us that the actions we have taken are completely in line with their guidance, and that we should remain open to all other pupils and staff.
Please rest assured that we are taking every precaution here at the academy to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our pupils and staff, including regular and focussed cleaning of the academy, social distancing and ensuring good hand and respiratory hygiene.
All children, who may have been affected, are now following Public Health England’s (PHE) guidance and are self-isolating for 14 days from the first symptoms shown by the confirmed case. PHE commented positively on the measures the academy has in place and stated outcomes could have been worse if not for these measures.
PHE’s guidance is that only the children who may have had direct contact with the confirmed case are to self-isolate. Siblings are not to self-isolate unless they or anyone in the household start to show symptoms. PHE’s guidance states that anyone self-isolating should remain at home. We understand the difficulties this may cause during pick-ups and drop offs. Therefore, children can be dropped off at the gate and we will ensure they make it to class safely. At pick up, if you make yourself aware to Mr Arthur/member of SLT the children will be released (KS1 accompanied) to the gate.
Parents and carers are reminded that if you or your child show any symptoms of the virus, or if you or your child are self-isolating as someone else in your household has symptoms of COVID-19, you should not attend the academy. Please click here for the NHS’ guide to COVID-19 symptoms.
Our pupils and members of their households also have access to testing if they display symptoms of COVID-19. To access testing, you can use the online booking service at www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or call 119.
I appreciate that upon hearing such news that some parents and carers may naturally be feeling concerned. However, I would like to reiterate that the health and wellbeing of your child is our number one priority and that we will do everything in our power to ensure their safety.
In the meantime, I take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support of the academy and ask that you please get in touch if you have any questions or concerns.
I will be sure to keep in contact with you.