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14 September 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

Inevitably, we have a growing number of pupils who are currently following isolation rules, having developed one of the potential symptoms of COVID-19 (see below). These pupils are currently awaiting test results.

Testing will need to happen every time a pupil develops one of the symptoms.

We continue to follow national guidance. Please be vigilant for any other cases and we will update you in the event of a positive test result.

Please be reassured, that for most people, Coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

What should I do if my child develops symptoms of COVID-19?

The symptoms of 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 of or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

If your child or anyone in the household does develop symptoms, or if you require any guidance about coughs or high temperatures, you can seek advice from NHS 111 or at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/

If your child or anyone in the household does develop symptoms, a test MUST be arranged. Information on testing is available at:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/get-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/

https://www.justonenorfolk.nhs.uk/test-trace

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/ask-for-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/

Tests can also be ordered via NHS 119.

If a person has symptoms, they should self-isolate for 10 days. Their household should self-isolate for 14 days from when the symptomatic person first had symptoms.

At the present time, parents/carers are reporting to us that the website and phone lines for booking tests are extremely busy. Please be persistent.

If the test result is negative, the child can return to school and their household can end self-isolation. Please forward a copy of the test result to us.

The school will provide home-learning for any child who is self-isolating. Please contact your class teacher directly if you require further information about home schooling.

In the event of a confirmed positive test result, the school will notify the local health protection team.

The child or staff member will self-isolate for 10 days from the onset of symptoms and then return to school only if they do not have symptoms other than cough or loss of sense of taste/smell.

Following advice from the local health protection team, your child may be required to self-isolate for 14 days if they have come into contact with someone who has a confirmed positive test result. The households of their class or group would not need to self-isolate unless symptoms develop.

What happens if my child is ill but without COVID symptoms?

Providing that your child does NOT have any of the COVID-19 symptoms listed above, they are able to attend school if parents/carers judge that they are well enough to do so. However, if we are concerned that a child is not well enough to remain in school, we will contact parents/carers to come and collect them.

Reporting an absence due to illness

When using email or voicemail message to contact the school to report a child’s absence, please state the reasons for the child’s absence, making clear whether or not testing is necessary.

Further information

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require any further information.

Office: office@poringland.norfolk.sch.uk

Mr Dean: head@poringland.norfolk.sch.uk

Mr Walker: deputy@poringland.norfolk.sch.uk