Headteacher’s letter 16.9.20
16 September 2020
The start back to any school year always leads to a number of colds and runny noses and we are seeing a high number of these after the extended period away from school.
This year, Covid-19 has made the return to school a difficult and worrying time for parents and carers, especially when they become ill. We have had a number of calls from families unsure what to do if their child becomes unwell. With that in mind, below is a quick guide as to what to do if your child is ill or becomes symptomatic at school.
The DfE guidance for possible Covid-19 infections is very clear and states that ‘if anyone in your school becomes unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature, or has a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia), they must be sent home and be advised to follow the guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection.’
For us here at school, this makes it clear that anyone who has these symptoms must:
- self-isolate for at least 10 days
- arrange to have a test to see if they have coronavirus (COVID-19)
If this appears to be the case with your child, we will call you to collect your son or daughter and take them home. This will also mean any other siblings in school. We will also advise that all household members will need to isolate and refer you to the guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection.
If the test result is negative, as soon as your child is well enough, they can come back into school. We would request that any information of positive test results be confidentially shared with the school as we need to monitor possible outbreaks and take appropriate steps to minimise the spread of infection.
Thank you in anticipation of your co-operation.
You can download the letter here – Headteacher letter 16.9.20 covid.