Important COVID letter - 30/04/2021
Updated: May 11, 2021
We have been advised that there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 within Sewell Park Academy.
I know that you may find this concerning but would like to reassure you that we are working closely with Public Health England and continue to be vigilant for any other cases. This letter is to inform you of the current situation and provide advice on how to support your child. Please be reassured that for most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.
The parent of any member of the school community who has been in close contact with the individual who tested positive for Coronavirus has already received communication from us informing them that their child has been sent home and must stay at home for 10 days unless, we notify them that the confirmatory PCR test was negative, in which case their child will be able to return to normal activities.
The school remains open and providing your child remains well they can continue to attend as normal. We will keep this under review.
What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID-19
If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. We would also recommend getting a test as soon as possible. Information on testing is available via the links below:
All other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 10 days.
The 10-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.
Household members should not go to work, school or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home.
By household members staying at home for 10 days you will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community.
If you are able you should, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period
Further information on isolation is available here:
If your child is isolating due to developing symptoms themselves, or due the household isolation or being identified as a close contact please let us know as soon as possible in the same way you normally report absence. This will help us to take the right precautions at the setting.
The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:
•new continuous cough and/or
•a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)
If your child or anyone in the household does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/ or by phoning 111.
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
Follow the guidance on social distancing
wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
use hand sanitiser 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 is available at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/