Year 9 students that are remote learning

16th November 2020

Dear Parent,

I am writing to inform you that your child will need to stay at home and receive remote learning rather than attending school from Monday 16th November and will return to school on Monday 30th November.

As you were aware we were informed by Public Health England local health protection team that there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the college. Your child has not had close contact with the confirmed case. They are however on the same side of the timetable and therefore have been in lessons, but not sat beside, the student who has subsequently tested positive

All students who have been identified as a close contact with the affected individual have been identified, and written to advising that they must stay at home and self isolate until Monday 30th  November, as required by the Public Health, England, The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Self-Isolation) (England) Regulations 2020.

As your child is not a close contact there is no need for them to self-isolate.

Students are advised to follow their normal timetable and access work via google classrooms.

What to do if your child or anyone in your household develops symptoms of COVID-19

If you, your child or anyone in your household develops any symptoms of COVID-19 they should remain at home and self-isolate 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. 

All other household members, even if well, must also 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 staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community.

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)

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.

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:

Do

  • 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

Further information is available at:

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

Yours sincerely,

Greg McClarey

Headteacher