2 October 2020


Dear Parent/Carer

Advice for Child to Self-Isolate

Please note: this is a standard letter from Public Health, so I apologise if it seems somewhat direct.

We have just been advised that there has been another confirmed case of COVID-19 within the school.

We have identified that Year 11E Band has been in close contact with the affected case. In line with the national guidance, we recommend that your child now stays at home and self-isolates until the 11 October 2020. Your child must not go to school or any public areas: your child must remain at home. They can return to school on Monday 12 October. School will liaise with your child regarding work they can be doing whilst they are self-isolating.

Parents or carers of children in receipt of free school meals are asked to contact the school, so that we can make the necessary arrangements to support you whilst your child is not in school.

Further details of what your child needs to do are in NHS Guidance:

We are asking you to do this to reduce the further spread of COVID-19 to others in the community. If you need support with isolation, please contact your local Council.

Other members of your household can continue normal activities provided your child does not develop symptoms within the self-isolation period.

If your child is well at the end of the period of self-isolation, then they can return to usual activities.

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

For most people, especially children, COVID-19 will be a mild illness.

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

  • new continuous cough and/or
  • high temperature and/or
  • a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

If your child develops any of these symptoms of COVID-19, they should remain at home and arrangements should be made for them to be tested. At that time all other household members must also stay at home, not go to work, school or public areas, even for exercise.

Testing can be arranged by calling 119 or via the NHS website:

When the result of your child’s test is known further advice will be available.

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 is available at

Please accept my very best wishes at this time.

Mr D. R. Amos
Head of School