13th November 2020
We have been advised by Public Health that there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the college.
We are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with Public Health. This letter is to inform you of the current situation and provide you with advice on how to support your child. Please be reassured that for most people, COVID-19 will be a mild illness.
The college is open and providing your child remains well they can continue to attend college as normal. We will keep this under review.
For each confirmed case, Worcestershire Public Health undertake a robust risk assessment with the college to identify the contacts in college of any confirmed case taking into account the protective measures the college have put in place and the activities during the infectious period for the case. The aim of the risk assessment is to ensure all contacts are identified and preventive measures are put in place whilst minimising the educational impact on pupils. The college has implemented COVID protective measures and controls to reduce mixing of pupils to prevent whole bubbles being collapsed unnecessarily. In some instances only indentifiable close contacts are asked to self isolate, in other situations the risk assessment may indicate the whole bubble needs to self-isolate, this approach reduces the numbers of pupils having to self-isolate at home for 14 days. In this instance only students identified as being close contacts have been told to self isolate from Monday 16th to Monday 23rd November. This self isolation period is determined by when the student concerned was last in the college. Students in Year 11 will still return as planned on Tuesday 17th November.
What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19
If your child develops any of the symptoms of COVID-19, they should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms started. Anyone with the symptoms is eligible for testing and should arrange for this via https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.
All other household members even if well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days.
The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.
Household members should not go to work, college or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home.
Household members staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community
If your child has symptoms, try and keep them as far away from other members of your household as possible. It is especially important that they stay away from anyone who is clinically vulnerable or clinically extremely vulnerable with whom you share a household.
The most common symptoms of 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, COVID-19 will be a mild illness.
If your child or anyone in the household 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.
- wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
- use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- wash your hands as soon as you get home
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
Further information is available at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/