Letter to parents of direct and proximity contacts – Year 9

Date: 29/03/2021

Dear Parent,

We have been informed by Public Health England local health protection team that there has been a suspected case of COVID-19 within the college, as identified by NHS Test and Trace. The student concerned has tested positive on a lateral flow test taken at home. We are awaiting the results of a confirmatory PCR test and will share this with you as soon as we are made aware. As a precaution we have been advised that all close contacts of this case must follow the national guidance, stay at home and self-isolate until the results of the PCR test are confirmed. If the PCR test comes back as negative then your child will be able to return to college. If the PCR test comes back as positive then your child will have to self isolate for 10 days. I am awaiting confirmation of when this self isolation would end.

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.

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