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5m and 6r- Confirmed case of Covid-19

FOR YEAR 5M and 6R PARENTS OF CLOSE CONTACTS OF COVID 19 at Ribbleton Avenue Methodist Junior School

 

Dear parents/guardians,

We have been advised that there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the school.

 

We are following the national guidance and have identified that your child has been in close contact with the affected person. New guidance states the following:

 

COVID-19 infection rates are very high and the Omicron variant is spreading rapidly. The self-isolation advice for contacts of people with COVID-19 has changed to reduce the risk of spread to others.

 

Anyone aged 5 years and over, who has been identified as a contact of someone with COVID-19 and who is not legally required to self-isolate, is now strongly advised to take a rapid lateral flow device (LFD) test every day for 7 days or until 10 days since their last contact with the person who tested positive for COVID-19 if this is earlier. If any of these LFD tests are positive they should self-isolate in order to protect other people.

 

Further advice on self-isolation is available from:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-and-treatment/when-to-self-isolate-and-what-to-do/

 

 

What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19

If your child has any of the main symptoms of COVID-19, even if they're mild:

 

Get a PCR test (test that is sent to a lab) to check if they have COVID-19 as soon as possible.

Your child should stay at home and not have visitors (self-isolate) until you get the test result – they can only leave home to have the test. Check if you and anyone else your child lives with need to self-isolate.

 

Symptoms of COVID 19

The main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are:

 

A high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)

a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)

A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

 

What to do if you have symptoms

If you have any of the main symptoms of COVID-19, even if they're mild:

 

Get a PCR test (test that is sent to a lab) to check if you have COVID-19 as soon as possible.

Stay at home and do not have visitors (self-isolate) until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test. Check if people you live with need to self-isolate.

 

How to stop COVID-19 spreading

There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19

 

Do

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

 

Further Information

Further information is available at

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Yours sincerely

R Musa

Deputy Headteacher

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