St Julians School

Positive COVID-19 CAse - Year 11

21st October 2020

Dear Parent/Carer,

Re: Positive Covid-19 Case in Year 11

We have, unfortunately, been notified late this evening of a confirmed case of COVID-19 in Year 11. 

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 11 will now need to remain at home and self-isolate for 14 days from the day the student started to show symptoms which was Tuesday 20th October 2020. Year 11 students should return to school as planned on Monday 9th November 2020. 

The school remains open to all other students, including Year 11 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.

Yours faithfully

Mr. D. Curtis
Headteacher/Pennaeth