St Julians School

POSITIVE COVID-19 CASE IN THE LDC (Our Special Needs Centre)

08 December 2020

Dear Parent/Carer,

 

POSITIVE COVID-19 CASE IN THE LDC (Our Special Needs Centre)

 

We have, unfortunately, been notified last night of another confirmed case of COVID-19 in the LDC. 

 

In line with guidance from Welsh Government, Environmental Health, and Newport City Council, in the event of a positive case in a “contact group”, then all students in the contact group must self-isolate. In this case, the contact group is the 60 students who are taught separately in our special needs centre. All students in Years 7-13 in the mainstream school are not part of this contact group. 

 

This means that all students who are taught in the LDC will now need to remain at home and self-isolate for 14 days from the day the staff member was last in school which was Friday 4th December 2020. Their self-isolation period ends on Friday 18th December 2020.

 

Our LDC students will return to school on Tuesday 5th January 2021 (there is a whole school inset day on Monday 4th January 2021). 

 

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

  • Please follow the advice provided when your child received their test result

  • If your child has a test they cannot return, even if they appear well, until you have 

a confirmed negative test result and has had no fever for 48 hours

 

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. The measures we have put in place are reviewed regularly and updated as necessary. As part of this process we liaise with our Health and Safety Colleagues in Newport City Council to ensure we adhere to the Welsh Government guidelines. 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