Headteacher Letter 9th Mar 2022

Posted on: 09/03/2022

9 March 2022

Dear Parents and Carers,

We would like to inform you that there has been an increase in the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Ansford, with the most significant rise in our Year 7.
In line with the most recent guidance and advice from the local Public Health Team, we have reviewed our outbreak management plan and will ensure that the following outbreak control measures remain in place and are strengthened where it is necessary and appropriate:

  • Students and staff who have tested positive are staying at home and will return to the setting once they are well and have completed the recommended isolation period
  • Maximise ventilation in enclosed, occupied spaces
  • Maintain and promote good hand hygiene
  • Enhance cleaning routines in key spaces
  • Maintain year group entry to the canteen

We appreciate that you may find this concerning, so we are continuing to monitor the situation and will keep these measures under review, informing you if any additional measures are needed.
There are similar measures that our families can take to assist with reducing the spread within the community and these are set out in section 5 of the advice from Public Health which we have included below for your information.

Current Public Health Advice
If your child is well, the school remains open and, if your child remains well, they can continue to attend school as normal.
The current Public Health advice, with useful links, is re-produced for you below:

1. If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19 or tests positive for COVID-19
a) If your child develops symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), they should get a PCR test (https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or call 119) and remain at home at least until the result is known and they are fever free (without medication) for at least 24 hours. If negative, the child can end self-isolation and return to school once well. If positive, the child should isolate as a positive case (see below)
b) People who test positive for COVID-19 should self-isolate at home until they are well enough to return, no longer have a temperature and either:
- 10 full days have passed, or
- They have produced two negative LFD tests on consecutive days, with the first taken no earlier than day 5.
Note: Lingering coughs and changes to smell/taste are not a sign of ongoing infectiousness, so children can return to school if they have ended their self-isolation period (see above).
If your child does not have symptoms, count the day they took the test as day 0.
You can seek advice on COVID-19 symptoms from the nhs.uk website. If you are concerned about your child’s symptoms, or they are worsening you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://111.nhs.uk/ or by phoning 111.

2. Advice for people who live in the same household as someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or is symptomatic and awaiting a test result
Children and young people who usually attend an education or childcare setting and who live with someone who has COVID-19 can continue to attend the setting as normal.
Those who are at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 should be supported to minimise their contact with other people in the household during this period, regardless of whether others have symptoms or not. People at higher risk of becoming severely unwell if they are infected with COVID-19 include:

  • Older people
  • Those who are pregnant
  • Those who are unvaccinated
  • People of any age with a severely weakened immune system
  • People of any age with certain long-term conditions.

3. How to reduce spread of COVID-19 if you live with someone who has COVID-19
Even if you are vaccinated, you can still be infected with COVID-19 and pass it on to others. People who live in the same household or have had an overnight stay with someone with COVID-19 or at highest risk as they are more likely to have had prolonged contact., you can help protect others by following the guidance on how to stay safe and help prevent the spread.

4. To reduce the spread of COVID-19 in your community
· Minimise your contact with the person who has COVID-19
· Work from home if you are able to do so (children and young people who are close contacts should continue to attend childcare and education as normal)
· Avoid contact with anyone you know who is at higher risk of becoming severely unwell if they are infected with COVID-19, especially those with a severely weakened immune system.
· When not in school, limit close contact with other people outside your household, especially in enclosed spaces
· Pay close attention to the main symptoms of COVID-19. If you develop these symptoms order a PCR test. You are advised to stay at home and avoid contact with other people while you are waiting for your test result.
· Follow the guidance on how to stay safe and help prevent the spread - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
You should follow this advice for 10 days after the person you live with or stayed with symptoms started (or the day their test was taken if they did not have symptoms).
If you are a health or social care worker or student undertaking a work placement who has been identified as a household contact and are exempt from self-isolation, there is additional guidance available that you should follow to reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19 in these settings.
If you develop symptoms at any time, even if these are mild, you are advised to stay at home and avoid contact with others, arrange to have a COVID-19 PCR test, and follow the guidance for people with COVID-19 symptoms.
For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

5. How to stop coronavirus (COVID-19) spreading
There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with coronavirus (COVID-19):
· Get vaccinated – everyone aged 12 and over can book COVID-19 vaccination appointments now and all adults have been offered at least 2 doses. Further advice about the recommended vaccination schedule and how to book a vaccine appointment is available here.
· Get tested and stay at home if you have the main symptoms of COVID-19.
· Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitiser regularly throughout the day
· 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
· Meet people outside and avoid crowded areas
· Open doors and windows to let in fresh air if meeting people inside
· Wear a face covering if aged 11 and over when it's hard to stay away from other people – particularly indoors or in crowded places with people you do not usually meet

Further Information
Further information is available at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Yours faithfully

Rachel Purnell



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