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Covid testing - 07/09/20 - DMA

posted 28 Sep 2020, 06:24 by Mark Wilson   [ updated 28 Sep 2020, 06:25 ]
7th September 2020
 
Dear Parent/Carer

Firstly, I would like to welcome you all back. This letter is to let you know what you need to do in the event that you, your child or an adult presents with COVID-19 symptoms.

If a child or adult in school becomes unwell with a new and persistent cough or a high temperature, or has a loss of or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia), they will be sent home and advised to follow: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection.

As a parent/carer, over the coming weeks you will need to be ready:
 
book or order a test if you or your child are displaying symptoms. Adults and pupils must not enter the school premises if they have symptoms. They will be sent home to self-isolate if they develop them in school
provide details of anyone you or your child have been in close contact with if you or your child were to test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), or if asked by NHS Test and Trace
self-isolate if you or your child have been in close contact with someone who tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), or if anyone in your household develops symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19)
 
You must inform us immediately of the results of any test and follow this guidance:
1. If someone tests negative and they feel well and no longer have symptoms similar to coronavirus (COVID-19), they can stop self-isolating. They could still have another virus, such as a cold or flu in which case it is still best to avoid contact with other people until they are better. Other members of their household can stop self-isolating. We need a copy of the text or email confirming the negative test result.
2. If someone tests positive, they must follow the guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection and must continue to self-isolate for at least
10 days from the onset of their symptoms and then return to school only if they do not
have symptoms other than cough or loss of sense of smell/taste. This is because a cough or anosmia can last for several weeks once the infection has gone. The 10-day period starts from the day when they first became ill. If they still have a high temperature, they should keep self-isolating until their temperature returns to normal. Other members of their household should continue self-isolating for the full 14 days.

It is important that you inform the school immediately if you or your child, or someone that you have been in close contact with, has developed COVID-19 symptoms as we need to keep a record

for our local health protection team. If a pupil or member of staff tests positive for COVID-19, the health protection team will carry out a risk assessment to determine who has been in close contact with person whilst they were infectious. Based on the advice from the health protection team, the school must send home those people who have been in close contact with the person who has tested positive, advising them to self-isolate for 14 days since they were last in close contact with that person when they were infectious.

 

If you have recently returned from abroad, you may need to self-isolate.

Household members of those contacts who are sent home do not need to self-isolate themselves unless the child who is self-isolating subsequently develops symptoms. If a child from a class or group that has been asked to self-isolate develops symptoms themselves within their 14-day isolation period they should follow guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection.

 

They should get a test, and:

if the test delivers a negative result, they must remain in isolation for the remainder of the 14- day isolation period. This is because they could still develop the coronavirus (COVID-19) within the remaining days.

if the test result is positive, you must inform us immediately, and your child should isolate for at least 10 days from the onset of their symptoms (which could mean the self-isolation ends before or after the original 14-day isolation period). Your household should self-isolate for at least 14

days from when your child first had symptoms, following guidance for households with possible or

confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection

 

If we need to send your child home, we will send you another letter containing additional information and advice.

If you have any questions regarding the information in this letter, please check the latest government guidance or contact the school.

 

The interactive links used in this letter are listed below:

 

https://www.gov.uk/uk-border-control

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance

 

Yours faithfully


Mr D. Mayhew

Headteacher