Positive covid-19 case (year 10)
6 July 2021
POSITIVE COVID-19 CASE IN YEAR 10
We have, unfortunately, been notified this afternoon of a confirmed case of COVID-19 in Year 10, following the PCR test undertaken yesterday.
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 10 will now need to remain at home and self-isolate for 10 days from the day the student started to show symptoms which was Monday 5 July 2021. Year 10 will need to isolate until Thursday 15th July 2021 and students should return to school on Friday 16 July 2021.
The school remains open to all other students.
All close contacts of the student have been identified and will receive appropriate advice. Even if your child receives a negative test result as a close contact they must complete the 10 days isolation period. They are entitled to a PCR test on day 2 and day 8 of isolation, however please note that this could increase their isolation period if they test positive on either of these tests.
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.
Mr. D. Curtis