Letter to parents of direct and proximity contacts – Year 9

Date: 24th March 2021

Requirement for Your Child to Self-Isolate for 10 Days

Dear Parent,

We have been informed by Public Health England local health protection team that there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the school, as identified by NHS Test and Trace. All contacts of a confirmed case must follow the national guidance, stay at home and self-isolate for 10 days. This is because it can take several days following contact with an infected person before an individual develops symptoms or the virus can be detected.

We have followed the national guidance and have identified that your child in Year 9 has been in close contact with the affected individual. In line with national legislation, your child must now stay at home and self-isolate up to and including 1st April 2021. We are asking you to do this to reduce the further spread of COVID-19 to others in the community. I appreciate how frustrating this must be for your child and your family and please be assured that we will continue to provide online learning resources for your child via their various google classrooms.

This requirement means not leaving home for a holiday for the full 10 days.

At the end of the 10 day period of self-isolation, if your child is well, then they can return to usual activities on 2nd April 2021.

Other members of your household can continue normal activities provided your child does not develop symptoms within the 10-day self-isolation period. Please note that even if your child were to receive a subsequent negative LFD test or PCR test the requirement to self isolate still applies

Please see the link to the National Guidance:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-for-contacts-of-people-with-possible-or-confirmed-coronavirus-covid-19-infection-who-do-not-live-with-the-person/guidance-for-contacts-of-people-with-possible-or-confirmed-coronavirus-covid-19-infection-who-do-not-live-with-the-person

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID-19

If your child develops any symptoms of COVID-19 they should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms started. Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and this should be arranged via https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 119 . 

Please inform the school if your child develops symptoms of COVID-19 and/or tests positive for COVID-19.

Symptoms of COVID-19

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • new continuous cough and/or
  • high temperature and/or
  • a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

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.

Further information

Further information is available at:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19

For COVID related support including during self-isolation, contact Here2Help on 01905 768053 or use the web link at www.worcestershire.gov.uk/here2help

For health-related support visit Starting Well (Herefordshire & Worcestershire Health & Care NHS Trust): https://www.startingwellworcs.nhs.uk/covid19

Yours sincerely

Greg McClarey

Headteacher