Dear Parents and Carers of year 10 students,
This letter applies to year 10 students only
A member of our school community has tested positive for Covid-19. The school is working closely with Gateshead’s Public Health Team to reduce the risk of infection for your children and our staff.
We have followed the national guidance and have identified that students in year 10 should now stay at home and self-isolate until 29th October.
We are asking you to do this to reduce the further spread of COVID 19 to others in the community.
If your child is well at the end of the 14 days period of self-isolation, then they can return to usual activities. If they become unwell with symptoms please arrange a test (see below). However, a negative test does not mean that your child can return to school earlier than 14 days.
Other members of your household can continue normal activities provided your child does not develop symptoms within the 14 day self-isolation period. This is because they are NOT contacts of the positive case. They are contacts of contacts of a case. Contacts of contacts do not need to self-isolate unless someone in their household develops symptoms or they come into contact with another case.
Please see the link to the PHE Staying at Home Guidance
If you think that someone else in your household has come in contact with a confirmed case or you need help or advice about self-isolation, please contact Gateshead Local Authority.
Public Health Advice on symptoms
As your child is identified as a contact of a case, please try not to worry. For most people COVID-19 is a mild illness.
If anyone in your household becomes unwell with one of the symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19) to book a test by visiting: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/get-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/
Symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of any of the following:
A new continuous cough
A high temperature (fever)
A loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)
Any one of the above symptoms gives reason for high level of suspicion for COVID-19.
Information about COVID-19 symptoms and management of the virus can be found here, www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
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 https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Although COVID-19 is circulating in the community, usual childhood illnesses are too; and it is important that these are not missed. Please contact your GP or NHS111 if you are worried; or call 999 if seriously unwell.