Headteacher's Letter - Positive COVID-19 Case (Year 7)
Monday 14th September 2020
Re: Positive Covid-19 Case in Year 7
We have, unfortunately, been notified today of a confirmed case of COVID-19 in Year 7.
In line with guidance from Welsh Government, Environmental Health, and Newport City Council, in the event of a positive case in a “contact group”, i.e. a year group, then all students in the year group must self-isolate. This means that students in Year 7 will now need to remain at home and self-isolate for 14 days from the day the student started to show symptoms which was Monday 7th September 2020. Therefore, the date that Year 7 students can return to school is Tuesday 22nd September 2020.
Home learning will be provided for all Year 7 students. Further details will be emailed to Year 7 students and their parents.
The school remains open to all other students, including Year 7 in the LDC who are in a different contact group.
All close contacts of the student have been identified and will receive appropriate advice. If your child has not been identified as a close contact, they do not require a test for COVID-19 unless they have symptoms.
Please continue to be alert for any symptoms of COVID-19:
a new or continuous cough
a high temperature
a loss of or change to sense of smell or taste
If your child develops any of these symptoms, even if they are mild, you need to book a test for them by phoning 119 or through the online portal: https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test
Please follow the school’s process as outlined in this flowchart . In addition, please adhere to the following advice:
ensure your child self-isolates for 10 days from when their symptoms started
ensure all other household members isolate for 14 days from when your child developed symptoms
ensure you do not visit a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital but if you require medical advice, please contact NHS 111 or telephone your GP; if there is a medical emergency, phone 999
To reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading, there are things that everyone in your family can do to help. These include:
washing hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
using hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
washing hands as soon as they get home
covering their mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve (not their hands) when they cough or sneeze
putting used tissues in the bin immediately and washing hands afterwards
Further information on symptoms and self-isolation can be found here: https://gov.wales/symptoms-and-self-isolation-contact-tracing
Further information on NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect can be found here: https://gov.wales/test-trace-protect-coronavirus
For general information on COVID-19: https://gov.wales/protect-yourself-others-coronavirus
The COVID-19 online symptom checker can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do: https://gov.wales/check-if-you-need-coronavirus-medical-help
You are aware of all the measures we have put in place to minimise the risk of transmission of COVID-19. I want to reassure you that we will continue to be vigilant and do all we can to provide the safest possible environment for our school community.
Whilst focusing on limiting further transmission of this virus, our thoughts are also with the student and their family. Fortunately, the student is not experiencing any serious symptoms and is recovering well.
Mr. D. Curtis