CHESTNUTS PRIMARY SCHOOL

Letter to parents 8th September 2020

Tuesday 8th September

 

Dear Parents,  

We have been advised by Public Health England that there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the school with a member of staff.  This member of staff was on site last week but not in school yesterday or today whilst children were present and has therefore not come into direct contact with children who attended this week. 

The member of staff attended training with other lunchtime staff last week. None of the other lunchtime staff at that training session are currently displaying any COVID-19 symptoms but this morning I asked them not to attend school until we receive further guidance from Public Health England and as such they did not supervise lunchtime today. We have now received that further guidance and have advised several members of staff to self-isolate for the required period. This means that we have a shortage of lunchtime staff but we are doing everything we can to keep the school open and lunchtimes safe. Classroom teachers and teaching assistants did not attend the same training session as the lunchtime staff.

We are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with Public Health England and Haringey Public Health as to next steps. This letter is to inform you of the current situation and provide advice on how to support your child. Please be reassured that for most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness. 

The school remains open and providing your child remains well they can continue to attend school as normal. We will keep this under review.  

It is important that parents and carers keep any child at home who is not feeling well – for whatever reason. Children should not return to school until they feel better. Parents and carers should check with their local GP or NHS111 if a child is not feeling well for more advice. 

What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19  

If your child or anyone in the household develops symptoms of COVID-19, they should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared and book a test. 

Symptoms 

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) 

All 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 to, 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.

 

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. 

 Do 

  • 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 Further information is available at:

 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

Yours sincerely,

 

Mrs Horwood

 

Headteacher