COVID Update – Year 9 Bubble Closure

Posted on: 20th October 2020

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Year 9 Bubble Closure from Tuesday 20th October 2020


Dear Parents and Carers,

A member of staff who works with year 9 has been confirmed with a case of Covid-19. Following discussions with Public Health England, and in line with their guidance, we have to ensure the safety of all students and our community; I have therefore taken the decision to ask that all students in year 9 should remain at home for the next 14 days.

This is a precautionary measure to reduce the possible spread of the virus to family, friends and the wider community. Children will be able to return to school on Tuesday 3rd November 2020 at the
normal time. In the meantime, children will be asked to access remote learning via the VLE for the remainder of the week. If you are unable to access the VLE, please contact us on [email protected]. Please note that siblings of year 9 children should still attend school as normal unless they have been told to self-isolate or in the event that your child or anyone else in your household develops symptoms.

As a precaution, all year 9 students must begin a period of self-isolation for 14 days. It’s really important to do this even if they don’t feel unwell because, if they have been infected, they could become infectious to others at any point up to 14 days. If your child is well at the end of the period of self-isolation then they can return to usual activities. This means that they should return to school on November 3rd.

The rest of the household does not need to self-isolate as long as they do not have symptoms. All members of the household must remain vigilant and follow Government guidance at all times. Further to this, parents and carers must not bring any year 9 students to the Academy when dropping or collecting siblings.

If your child or anyone in your household starts to develop any of the symptoms associated with Covid-19 (a reminder of these is set out below), please follow government advice and get a test. Please also let us know the outcome of your test once known so that we can follow up with Public Health England as appropriate. You can do this by calling 01902 623111 or alternatively email [email protected].

We continue to maintain the rigorous arrangements that we have in place across the site to keep bubbles separate from each other, this is how we have been able to isolate a single year group. Our cleaning regimes will continue at pace and we will continue to ask students to wear masks and follow the guidance. Your support, as always, is appreciated with this. As a consequence of our reorganisation into year group bubbles and the control measures we have in place, the school remains open to other year groups. Students in these cohorts should continue to attend if they remain well.

We understand that students, parents and carers will be concerned to hear about this situation, it is an upsetting time for all concerned. However, our focus remains on looking after the students and staff of our Academy and doing all we can to minimise disruption to education.

As a reminder, we have summarised the Government guidance regarding Coronavirus symptoms and ways in which to reduce the transmission below.

What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19

If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared and should arrange to have a test for COVID-19.

If your child has symptoms, all other household members who remain 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, school or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home.

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 to, 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.

Even if the test is negative, your child must not return to school until the initial fourteen day self-isolation period is over.

Symptoms of COVID 19

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

·     new continuous cough and/or

·     high temperature

·     a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia).

For most people, coronavirus (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

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/

If there are any further updates we will inform you immediately, but if you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact the academy and we will be able to support.

I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your ongoing support, understanding and cooperation.  We look forward to welcoming your child back to the classroom following the period of self-isolation.

Yours sincerely,
Craig Cooling
Principal

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