Update – Letter to parents of direct and proximity contacts – Year 9

Date: 29/04/2021

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 the student who tested positive on a lateral flow test taken at home has subsequently tested positive on a confirmatory PCR test. We are now dealing with a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the college, 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 Thursday 6th May. 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 college and their usual activities on Friday 7th May 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)

Financial support if you have to take time off work to care for your child while they are self isolating.

If you are on a low income and you need to take time off work to care for your child while they are self-isolating, you may be eligible for financial support from your local authority through the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme.

The Test and Trace Support Payment scheme is open to people who live in England and who meet the following criteria:

  • They are the parent or guardian of a child or young person in the same household and need to take time off work to care for them while they self-isolate; this is limited to one parent or guardian per household for the child or young person’s self-isolation period
  • Are employed or self-employed
  • Are unable to work from home while undertaking caring responsibilities and will lose income as a result
  • They are currently receiving or are the partner of someone in the same household who is receiving at least one of the following benefits: Universal Credit, Working Tax Credit. income-based Employment and Support Allowance, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income Support, Housing Benefit, Pension Credit

Their child or young person is:

  • aged 15 or under (or 25 or under with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC) and normally attends an education or childcare setting
  • has been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace or by their education or childcare setting because they have been identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Discretionary payments are also available for people on low incomes who are not on means-tested benefits but who may still face hardship as a result of the requirement to self-isolate. Your local authority may have additional eligibility criteria in place for discretionary payments.

If you are eligible, you will receive a £500 payment from your local authority in addition to any

benefits and Statutory Sick Pay you receive currently.

Your local authority will contact your child’s school to verify the information you provide about

your child as part of the process of confirming whether you are eligible for a payment. You can see the full eligibility criteria for the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme and find out how to apply at: https://www.gov.uk/test-and-trace-support-payment

If you think you meet the eligibility criteria listed above and would like to apply to your local authority for a payment from the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme, you should provide this letter to your local authority to support your application. You will not be able to make an application for a payment from the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme without this letter. For further advice please ring 0202 37436715.

Yours sincerely

Greg McClarey
Headteacher