Coronavirus Information

Since reopening, it soon became obvious it was only a matter of time before coronavirus disrupted the education our our pupils. We now have experienced confirmed cases and would like to keep our families informed during this difficult time.

For every case of coronavirus school works with Public Health England, following all their advice in relation to each individual case case. We continue to monitor the situation and will communicate any information we receive to parents/carers.

In the event of a positive case any children who have been in direct prolonged contact will receive an individual letter and will be staying at home for 14 days.

Please be reassured that for most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

The following classes/bubbles are currently advised to self isolate and are continuing their education from home:

Year 4 James Knott – Returns to school Tuesday 3rd Nov
Year 5 Thomas Bewick – returns to school Wednesday 4th Nov
Year 4 Thomas Bewick – returns to school Friday 6th Nov
Year 6 Thomas Bewick – returns to school Monday 9th Nov

The school remains open and all other children should continue to attend if they remain well.

Please be assured that the school continues to take all advised precautions to prevent transmission of the virus for the safety of our staff and pupils.

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. Please inform school of the outcome of the test.

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 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 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/