I attach an extra newsletter to help with questions about normal winter snuffles and the more serious Covid-19 illness. I also attach a very useful chart from GM outlining the key information for when children fall ill.
Face Masks to be worn by adults from Monday
Thanks for your support and compliance during a difficult week as the autumn corona virus spike hits early. Bury is back in the “red” danger zone with the latest weekly figures showing us at 59.4 cases per 100,000. This has doubled in a week and is double the national average. Keeping school open and protecting our community is therefore a challenge.
A reminder that adults now need to wear a face covering when bringing and collecting children and that only one person from each household should come to school. Thanks to most people who are arriving at the right time and are maintaining a safe distance from other households.
We have now got seasonal illnesses to confuse the Covid-19 situation and so I am setting out the procedures you should follow for different types of illness.
COLDS AND SNUFFLES
This is where the confusion arises. If your child has winter type snuffles or an upset stomach, ring school to tell us and keep them at home until the illness has gone and for a minimum of 48 hours (2 days).
The well-known, Public Health England (PHE)advised symptoms are here in red:
- Persistent Cough
- High temperature
- Loss/change of taste or smell
If your child has symptoms in red: Inform school. Arrange a test immediately!
Dial 119 or for more immediate local information about testing centres go to https://www.bury.gov.uk There are walk in centres at Chesham Fold and The Mosses.
Your child should remain at home. Even if the test comes back as negative, your child should still remain in the house until they have been symptom free for 48 hours. The whole house should isolate while you wait for the test result.
Children with the virus also often have the symptoms here in blue:
- Severe fatigue
- Stomach upset
If your child had one of the other common symptoms in blue: Inform school. You would be wise to get a test. Your child must remain at home for at least 48 hours until the symptoms have cleared. Play close attention to see if any of the 3 red symptoms appear. If they do, or if the symptoms don’t disappear after a few days, get a test. Please check with school before sending the child back.
If the test is positive
If the test is positive, please inform school immediately. Your child must isolate for at least 10 days and the family must isolate for 14 days from when the symptoms started. If the child is still displaying symptoms they should not return until all symptoms except the loss of taste or smell have gone. (Please contact school if the temperature is back to normal and the child is otherwise well but still has the cough. In some cases, a return can be agreed.) Please comply with Track and Trace requests.
Other children in school
If the ill child has one of the 3 red symptoms, brothers and sisters must stay at home. If the test is positive the whole class bubble, including the adults, has to isolate at home for 14 days from their last contact with the child. We will not name the child but will give a date for return. Other household members of the class bubble sent home will not need to isolate unless their own child shows symptoms or has a positive test result.
The school will arrange work.
I will send a very useful and more simple version chart of this information with this newsletter.
On a much more cheerful note, the following children have done especially well and have won the effort award this week.
Thames – Thea B.
Zambezi – Cali C.
Nile – Clayton M.
Mississippi – Orin O.
Severn – Maison R.
Amazon – Morgan H.
Colorado – Jocelyn M.
Hudson – Emily B.
Well done. Gold ties can be worn but must be returned by Thursday for washing before the next virtual assembly.
We return any lost jumpers with clear names on as soon as we find them. If we cannot find who an item belongs to, we display them on the playground fences (when it is not raining) but have to throw them away on Friday for health reasons. Please put names clearly on everything. We have 280 blue jumpers in school.
Have a nice and safe weekend,