Ormiston NEW Academy

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COVID Update – Year 10 & NEW6

Posted on: 27th November 2020

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Dear parents and carers,

We have been advised by Public Health England that there has been a confirmed staff case of COVID-19 within the school.

We know that you may find this concerning but we are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with Public Health England. This letter is to inform you of the current situation and provide advice on how to support your child. Please be reassured that for most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

The small number of children who have been in direct prolonged close contact with the confirmed case will receive an individual letter and will be staying at home for 14 days.

* The impacted students are in year 10.
* 13 students have been asked to self-isolate. We have contacted all of them. If you have not heard from us then you are not affected.
* The students who have been asked to self-isolate will return on Thursday 10th December.
* The member of staff who has tested positive is self-isolating, they were last in on Thursday 26th November – they left early due to the sudden onset of symptoms.
* The name of the staff member will not be released due to data privacy laws.

ADDITIONALLY,

We are having to close the sixth form from Monday 30th November to Friday 4th December. Sixth form students will return on Monday 7th December. This is not due to a positive case but because of the amount of staff we now have self-isolating. With an increasing amount of staff off, it is making it difficult to operate a full timetable effectively. Our sixth form students are mature, independent self-starters and we feel that with the correct support they will be able to continue their studies without too much interruption. Work will be set by staff on the VLE for the period of the closure. If you are unable to access the VLE, please contact us on [email protected]. The closure of the sixth form will mean that staff are freed up, enabling us to keep the Academy open.

Any form of closure is not a decision we have taken lightly, and we are saddened to be in a position where we cannot provide face to face learning for our entire student community. Your support, as always, is appreciated with this.

I completely appreciate and understand that there are already some inevitable anxieties given the current circumstances we find ourselves in. However, I would like to reassure you that we are doing all we can to ensure everyone’s safety and will be continuing to closely follow and implement advice from the experts to maintain this.

It is important that students, staff and the wider school community remain vigilant and continue to uphold the various safety protocols in place both within the Academy but also when out in the wider community.


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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