Langham Oaks School - Covid-10 Outbreak Letter – Advice to Parents

28 November 2020

28th November 2020

 

Outbreak Letter for School/College – Advice to Parents 

 

Dear Parents / Carers,

I regret to inform you that we have been made aware of a member of our school community who has tested positive for COVID-19.

We know that you will find this concerning and 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 provide advice on how to support your child. Please be reassured that for most people, COVID-19 is a mild illness.

We cannot provide further details of the affected individuals for privacy and data protection reasons, but rest assured, a full investigation has been conducted with Public Health England to identify close contacts. The small number of children who have been in direct prolonged contact with the individual who tested positive for COVID-19 have been contacted directly and will be staying at home for 14 days.

The impact on school staff due to the nature of our provision is more significant and has affected more than half of our staff team. We are working on the timetable today to see which classes we can open next week. As soon as I know we will e-mail you and put the update on the school website, so please keep an eye on all school communications.

 

If you have any urgent need to contact us over the weekend regarding Covid 19 issues, please email simon.dawson@langhamoaks.co.uk or ring Fay Greaves on 07920 336303.

 

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’. Further guidance 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 can, 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 of COVID 19

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

new continuous cough and/or

high temperature

a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

If your child 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 is available at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/  

 

Yours sincerely

Simon Dawson

Headteacher

Langham Oaks

 

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