Year 12 students to self-isolate

Dear Parents and Carers

Due to the rise in confirmed positive COVID-19 tests amongst our Year 12 students, we have made the decision today to send the rest of Year 12 home to self-isolate from school. This is an important precautionary measure and designed to ensure your child is safe, as well as any close contacts they have outside of school.

Please note: the following return dates are extremely important:

  • If your child is already self-isolating and has been told to return to school on the 7 October, they are still expected to return on the 7 October.
  • All other Year 12s are expected to return to school on Monday 12 October.Your child’s teachers will be contacting them about their lessons, so please do ask that they check their school emails on a regular basis.

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 the 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 (please see the dates, above), 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: nhs.uk/coronavirus

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 www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19

Many thanks for your support in us trying to mitigate the ill effects of this pandemic.

Kind regards

Sir Ken Gibson
Executive Head Teacher

David Amos
Head of School

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