Face Coverings and Covid Update
09 Sep 2020
You will be aware from the news that the infection rate is increasing nationally so we all need to do everything possible to ensure we keep everyone protected.
This week all the students have been reminded about the importance of face coverings and that they have a social responsibility to consider everyone as they don't know who may be vulnerable in the community.
The vast majority of students are following the rules and being responsible; however, we are still having to remind too many students to use the coverings when moving around the corridors or queuing for food at the different outlets.
We have also had reports from members of the public that students are taking their masks off once the buses have left. Students are also going into shops before or after school with no face covering in place.
Please talk to your son or daughter and ensure they are fully aware why face coverings are important. We now have washable face masks available for sale in school. These are priced at £2.00 and can be ordered through Wisepay.
If you have any concerns about your child’s health, please make a judgement based on the symptoms displayed. A sore throat and runny nose are not symptoms of Covid-19 and typically increase at this time of year when schools return.
If your child has a continuous cough, a high temperature or a change or loss of their normal sense of taste or smell, these may be symptoms of Covid-19. In this case, your child should not come to school and should be tested.
There is some confusion regarding the procedures if you think you have been in contact with someone who has Covid-19. I hope the information below helps to clarify this.
• Staff or students must not come into school if they have symptoms; they must self-isolate and book a test;
• They must provide details of anyone they have had close contact with (see below) if requested by Track & Trace;
• Staff or students must self-isolate for 14 days if they have been in close contact (see below) with anyone who has tested positive for coronavirus;
• If a student is tested, the result should be passed to school as soon as possible;
• If the test is negative and the staff member/student feels well, they can return to school;
• If the test is positive, they must self-isolate for 10 days from the point they exhibited the first symptoms. Other members of the household must self-isolate for 14 days.
Close contact means
• Direct face to face contact or physical contact within 1 metre;
• Extended close contact within 1 or 2 metres for more than 15 minutes;
• Travelling in a small vehicle like a car.
It is inevitable that students will discuss this situation and that rumours may spread, as a result. Again, I would ask you to stress to your son or daughter the need to be mindful of what they are saying to prevent causing unnecessary anxiety to others.