Dear Parents and Carers,
It is with great regret that I write to inform you that there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 at Bede North (secondary), with a Year 8 student testing positive.
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 share with you the Public Health England advice (provided in the text of this letter below) on how to support your child. Please be reassured that for most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.
Individual students and staff who we have identified as having been in direct prolonged contact with the confirmed case will receive an individual letter and phone call within the next hour and will be staying at home for 14 days from the point of contact, ie Friday 23rd October, returning to the academy on Monday 2nd November following the half term holiday. All students who are self-isolating will be required to continue with their learning from home; all lessons will be uploaded on google classrooms. All other students should remain in attendance at the academy as usual.
The academy remains open and your child should continue to attend if they remain well. Given the localised additional restrictions that are in place, all students will be required to continue to wear face coverings in the academy and to ensure that social mixing outside of the academy is confined to single households or identified support bubbles only.
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’.
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 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.
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.
The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:
- a new continuous cough
- a 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
- 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/.
If any student does become anxious as a result of us sharing this news with you then please let our Welfare Team know so that they can offer support here in the academy.
Finally; may I take the opportunity to thank you for your ongoing support in these matters.
Mr A Thelwell