Christmas Break – Covid-19 | 18th December
Thank you for all your support with helping us to keep everyone as safe as possible at the academy. We hope that everyone stays well over the Christmas period and that we come back to a fresh start to the New year.
Could you please text the academy (07494264085) if your child has a positive test during the Christmas break. Parents should also contact the NHS Test + Trace service on 119.
This is especially important if your child starts to develop symptoms from Saturday 19th December onwards because, although term will have ended for the children on Friday 18th December, we will still be required to inform everyone who the child has been in contact with during the previous 48 hours that they will need to self-isolate for 10 days.
So, for example, if a child or staff member starts with symptoms on Saturday 19th December, their whole class and the relevant staff members will need to self-isolate until Tuesday 29th December (the exact dates would be confirmed to us by Public Health England but advice given so far indicates 10 days from the onset of symptoms, and in this case, would include Christmas itself).
Also, if your child starts with symptoms later in the holiday, please could you make sure that they have a Covid test before returning to the academy. Please don’t send your child back to school in January if they or a member of the household have symptoms or if they are waiting for results of a test.
How long do I self-isolate for? – www.nhs.uk
A reminder of the Covid-19 symptoms:
• New continuous cough and/or
• High Temperature
• A loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)
Stoke Local Authority have issued advice which says that if a person has the following symptoms, a test should be arranged. They can attend school but only if they are well enough to do so and they only need to self-isolate if the test comes back positive. Those symptoms are:
• Aches and pains
• Feeling very tired for no good reason
• Sore throat
• Runny nose
• Sometimes “tummy ache” in children
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 of their symptoms starting. Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and this can be arranged here or by calling 119.
All other household member who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 10 days. The 10 day period starts from the day when the person in the house first became ill.
Household members should not go to work, school or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home. If you are able, move any vulnerable individuals (such as 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.
For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.
If you are concerned about your child’s symptoms, or they are worsening, you can seek advice from NHS
call – 111
online – 111.nhs.uk
Let’s hope we are all able to enjoy a healthy and peaceful Christmas and that the New Year is kind to us all.
Very best wishes,