INFORMATION UPDATE-No Action Required
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.
Yesterday (23rd November) we were informed of 2 more positive tests WITHIN THE SAME FAMILY. We now have further information to share. One child is in Year 6 and one child is in Year 1 and the family have told us they are feeling well.
BECAUSE the family followed government guidance and self-isolated, then got the children tested and then informed the school of the results, this has meant that both children have not been at school for 10 days (11 including today). This is why in accordance with Public Health England, no further action is needed AND ALL CHILDREN WHO ARE WELL CAN ATTEND SCHOOL AS NORMAL (except Caterpillars (2 Year old provision) who are self-isolating as a bubble).
Thank you to this family for following government guidance and we wish the family all the best and look forward to seeing them back at school at the end of their isolation period.
As stated yesterday, we are continually working alongside Norfolk Local Outbreak Management Centre, Public Health England and the Department of Education to monitor the situation.
What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID-19
Although your child has not been identified as a close contact, I would like to take this opportunity to provide you with general information on COVID-19.
If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared and you should inform the school. We would also recommend getting a test as soon as possible. Information on testing is available via the links below or by calling NHS 119. Please be reassured that for most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness. https://www.justonenorfolk.nhs.uk/test-trace
All other household members must also stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. 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.
By household members staying at home for 14 days you will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community.
If you are able you should, 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
Further information on isolation is available here:
If your child is isolating due to developing symptoms themselves, or due the household isolation or being identified as a close contact please let us know as soon as possible in the same way you normally report absence. This will help us to take the right precautions at the setting.
If their test is negative they can return to school when they are well and the other household members can also return to their normal routine.
The most common symptoms of coronavirus (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 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
Follow the guidance on social distancing
wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
use hand sanitiser 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/
The safety of all children and staff are a priority for us and we will continue to be open and transparent with information to you. Your words of support to the school have particularly meant a lot to all staff during these uncertain times and I would just like to reiterate how amazing your children are as we are privileged to see in all the classrooms, happy, hardworking children who we are supporting to thrive despite the Pandemic. A real credit to themselves and you as parents/carers!
Take care and keep safe
Mrs C Lorne