St Julians School

positive covid-19 case (year 12)

4th July 2021 *Update*

We have, unfortunately, been notified this morning of another confirmed case of COVID-19 in Year 12. 

In line with guidance from Welsh Government, Environmental Health, and Newport City Council, in the event of a positive case in a “contact group”, all students must self isolate. 

As we have had a second positive case in Year 12 which affects more classes across the year group and more social mixing within the year group, we will need to switch to online learning for all students in Year 12 from tomorrow onwards. All students in Year 12 will now need to remain at home and self-isolate for 10 days from the day the second student started to show symptoms which was Friday 2nd July. Year 12 students should isolate until Monday 12th July and return to school on Tuesday 13th July.

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. 

Students should follow their normal timetable at home and access Google Classroom to complete work or join live lessons.


3rd July 2021

Dear Parent/Carer,

We have, unfortunately, been notified this morning of a confirmed case of COVID-19 in Year 12. 

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. 

In line with guidance from Welsh Government, Environmental Health, and Newport City Council, in the event of a positive case in a “contact group”, all students must self isolate. At Post 16, where we have confirmed that the student has not been within social areas with their year group, we can consider classes and tutor groups a contact group. Therefore, students in the following classes and tutor group will now need to remain at home and self-isolate for 10 days from the day the student started to show symptoms which was Tuesday 29th June. Year 12 students in these groups should isolate until Friday 9th July and return to school Monday 12th July. 

Classes

  • 12A Travel and Tourism 

  • 12C Business Studies

  • 12E Geography

  • 12LS (Ms Selfe)

 

The school remains open to all other students including Year 12 students not in the above classes. 

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 10 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