Confirmed Case of COVID-19 on 20/11/2020

We have been made aware a member of our academy community has tested positive for COVID-19.  We are working closely with Public Health England to follow the guidance and ensure we take the appropriate measures. 

The parents of all the students in the bubble have been contacted today and instructed to keep their child at home to self-isolate for the designated period. 

For all other students, the academy remains open and your child should continue to attend if they are well.  

NOTE: The burst water pipe has been fixed. Our water supply has been restored and the academy is open as normal on Monday 23 November.

We know that you will find this concerning, however as a result of the many robust safety measures the academy has in place, it is safe to remain open to all other pupils.  This letter is to inform you of the current situation and provide advice on how to support your child and wider family.   

Important Notice re COVID-19 tests 

If you or anyone in your household needs to take a COVID-19 test or has taken a COVID-19 test, you must not send your children to school. They must stay at home with you and you must call us on 01473 466145 to let us know they are absent and the reason why. As soon as you get the test result please call this number again. 

If anybody in your household receives a positive COVID-19 test result or if you have been asked to self-isolate by NHS Track & Trace, you must please call Mrs Wiernicki at school on 01473 466145 immediately. You can leave a voicemail out of hours. 

If you think your child, or anyone in your household, needs to take a COVID-19 test please contact us on 01473 466145 for advice. Do not send your children to school until you have spoken with Mrs Wiernicki.  

What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID-19  

If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they must not come to the academy and should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date 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’. You do not need to get tested unless you display symptoms.  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, childcare setting, school, college 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 online or by phone. 

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. 

Symptoms of COVID-19  

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

1 a new continuous cough and/or

2 a high temperature

3 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 you or your child does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from NHS 111 or online:  

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/

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 last 20 seconds
  • use hand sanitiser gel is soap and water are not available
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • cover your nose and mouth 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/  

Mr Mark Bouckley – Principal 

Queries to Mrs R Wiernicki (Attendance Manager)

Tel – 01473 466145 

Email – roz.wiernicki@westbourne.attrust.org.uk