COVID Update – 09.12.2020

Posted on: 9th December 2020

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Dear parents and carers,

A short note today to provide you with a Covid update; I feel that it is important to keep everyone informed of any developments even if they don’t have wider consequences.

In the last 48 hours we have had three more positive cases in years 9, 10 and 12. In the cases in years 9 and 12, the students had not been at school during the incubation period of the virus and therefore we have not had to isolate any students or staff members. The case in year 10 resulted in a further 21 students being asked to self isolate. However, year 10 is not currently in and therefore the impact on the wider school community and the rest of year 10 is minimal.

No further action needs to be taken in respect of these three cases.

It is important to stress that if we all follow the Government guidance, we are protecting one another. Thank you for your continuing support and I’m sure that you will join me at this time wishing all families who are suffering from this virus, a speedy recovery.

Many thanks,

Mr Craig Cooling
Principal
Ormiston NEW Academy


What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19

If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they must not come to school and should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and this can be arranged via https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.

All other household members who remain well, must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’.

Further information is available at:

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

The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.

Household members should not go to work, school or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home.

If you require help with buying groceries, other shopping or picking up medication, or walking a dog, you should ask friends or family. Alternatively, you can order your shopping online and medication by phone or online.

Household members staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community.

If you are able, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period.

Symptoms

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

*A new continuous cough
*A high temperature
*A loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

If your child does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from the NHS.uk website at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/
If you are concerned about your child’s symptoms, or they are worsening you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://111.nhs.uk/ 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 is available at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

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