Dear Parents of Children in 5 Red,
Advice for Child to Self-Isolate
We have been advised that there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the school.
We have identified that your child has been in close contact with the affected case. In line with the national guidance we recommend that your child now stays at home and self-isolates until Saturday 24th July. Your child must not go to school or any public areas: your child must remain at home. Further details of what your child needs to do are in NHS Guidance:
We are asking you to do this to reduce the further spread of COVID 19 to others in the community. If you need support with isolation, please contact your local Council – for Coventry the contact is 08085 834 333.
We are recommending that pupils identified as contacts and their households now take a PCR test. Please note the below:
- A negative PCR test result will not release the contact from self-isolation.
- A positive PCR test result will extend their self-isolation as they must isolate for 10 days from the date of the positive test.
If household members are not identified as contacts but are testing on request from Public Health/the LA, they do not need to isolate until the test result comes through. If the result is positive, then self-isolation and identification of contacts will begin.
Information on the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme is also available: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/test-and-trace-support-payment-scheme-claiming-financial-support/claiming-financial-support-under-the-test-and-trace-support-payment-scheme#contents
Other members of your household can continue normal activities provided your child (or anyone else in the household) does not develop symptoms within the self-isolation period.
If your child is well at the end of the period of self-isolation, then they can return to usual activities.
What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19
For most people, especially children, COVID-19 will be a mild illness.
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are recent onset of:
- new continuous cough and/or
- high temperature and/or
- a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)
If your child develops any of these symptoms of COVID-19, they should remain at home and arrangements should be made for them to be tested. This should be a test taken at an NHS site (a PCR test) and NOT a rapid test taken at a community testing site (an LFT test). At that time all other household members must also stay at home, not go to work, school or public areas, even for exercise.
Testing can be arranged by calling 119 or online: https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test
When the result of the child’s test is known further advice will be available.
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:
- wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
- use hand sanitiser gel 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
Public Health are urging everyone aged 18 plus to make sure they have had two doses of the COVID-19 vaccination – please book an appointment or drop in at one of the drop in clinics:
https://www.happyhealthylives.uk/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccination/vaccination-drop-in-clinics/ (this is regularly updated)
Further information is available at nhs.uk/coronavirus