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Reporting symptoms after the school closes for Christmas Holidays
Dear Parents and Carers,
St. John’s CofE Primary School will close on December 18th. If your child develops symptoms of coronavirus you must book a test.
If your child develops symptoms up to and including December 20th, which result in a positive test up to 24th December, you must inform the school at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please include the name of your child and their class, the date that their symptoms started, as well as your own contact details.
From Monday 21st December
If your child develops coronavirus symptoms from Monday 21st December onwards, they must be tested and, if positive, follow the advice of Test and Trace. You do not need to inform the school of any symptoms which occur after this date.
Contact tracing during the Christmas break
Please be aware that the school, following the guidance of the Department for Education and Public Health, will do the following for 6 days after the end of term:
Collect information from staff and pupils with positive tests and families of symptomatic pupils
Advise families of close contact with confirmed Covid cases, and inform them of self-isolation requirements.
Letter for Year 1 Parents
FOR PARENTS OF CLOSE CONTACTS OF COVID-19
Advice for Child to Self-Isolate for 14 Days
We have been advised that there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the school.
We have identified that your child has been in close contact with the affected case. In line with the national guidance we recommend that your child now stays at home and self-isolate until WEDNESDAY 21st OCTOBER (14 days after last contact). Your child must not go to school or any public areas: your child must remain at home. Further details of what your child needs to do are in NHS Guidance:
We are asking you to do this to reduce the further spread of COVID 19 to others in the community. If you need support with isolation, please contact your local Council.
Other members of your household can continue normal activities provided your child does not develop symptoms within the self-isolation period.
If your child is well at the end of the period of self-isolation, then they can return to usual activities.
What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19
For most people, especially children, COVID-19 will be a mild illness.
The most common symptoms of 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 develops any of these symptoms of COVID-19, they should remain at home and arrangements should be made for them to be tested. At that time all other household members must also stay at home, not go to work, school or public areas, even for exercise.
Testing can be arranged by calling 119 or via the NHS website: nhs.uk/coronavirus
When the result of the child’s test is known further advice will be available.
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:
· 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 nhs.uk/coronavirus
Mr A Farnell
Coronavirus – Information for Parents
Public Health England have produced a letter which explains when a person requires a coronavirus test and what the symptoms of coronavirus are. The intention of the letter is to help prevent children being taken out of school unnecessarily and answer some of the questions parents may have around testing.
NHS Information for Parents
Full School Opening September 2020 – Infection Control COVID-19 General Risk Assessment
Re-Opening of School September 2020 – Update
Useful Advice and Information
View the Durham County Council Coronavirus section for latest news, updates and guidance.