Letter to The Winns School Community
15th September 2020
Dear parents and carers
I am writing to inform you that we have had three confirmed cases of Covid-19 in school. Two staff members have confirmed positive test results and one pupil has had a positive result. This is clearly not the news we want to be sharing after such a positive start to the school year, but unfortunately we know the virus is still active in communities and schools will, over the next few months, have to deal with cases as they emerge.
All cases confirmed in school have happened in the Early Years bubble (Reception and Nursery children) and these children and the staff who have worked with them have been sent home and asked to self-isolate for 14 days.
We are working with Public Health England and following their advice about what to do next. For the moment, school will remain open for all other year groups. This will be kept under review. If we find we have any more cases, in other year groups, we will contact you and let you know. Public Health England will advise if we need to close down any other year groups, if more cases emerge.
We fully understand that this news will cause you to feel anxious about sending your child to school. We are doing everything we can to keep children safe and following all the guidelines. Children remain in bubbles, do not mix with children in other bubbles and wash/sanitise hands regularly throughout the day. We are hoping we have contained the outbreak to the Early Years bubble and as an additional precaution are going to carry out a deep clean of the Early Years building .
We ask that you remain vigilant to signs that your child or a member of your household may be ill and not to send them to school if they are. Please call us if your child becomes unwell and let us know the results of any Covid tests .
Over the next few days, please be alert for signs that your child is unwell. Look out for the COVID symptoms: a new, persistent cough, a temperature or a loss of smell and taste. If your child has a sibling in the bubble that is currently isolating they can continue to come to school, as long as they are well and have no COVID symptoms. If someone in your household develops symptoms, please stay and home and get a test.
Please remember that even if children do catch the virus, most children have a very mild illness and some are not ill at all.
We will keep you updated about what is happening over the next few days and will send out a daily email for the remainder of the week to keep you informed about the situation.
What to do if your child develops symptoms of 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.
All other household members who remain well must 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.
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.
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 or anyone in the household does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from NHS 111 at:
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/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.
- 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:
Thank you for your support during this challenging time. Please keep your distance at the school gates to prevent community transmission and do call us if you want to discuss your child with us.