COVID 19 INFORMATION
We have been informed of a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the school.This was a child in Year 9 and as a result 6 other Year 9 studenrs are now self-isolating.
Those children and staff members who have been in direct prolonged contact with the confirmed case have received an individual letter advising them to self-isolate in line with the national guidance.
If you have not received a letter identifying your child as a close contact your child is not advised to self-isolate on account of the case in the school. This is for your information only. Although your child has not been identified as a close contact, I would like to take this opportunity to provide you with general information on COVID-19.
General COVID information
- What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19 - If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19 they should remain at home. Arrange for a COVID test via https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling NHS 119 and inform the head teacher.
- If their test is negative and they can return to school when they are well.
- If their test is positive, they will need to self-isolate for 10 days from the date when your symptoms start. All your household members must self-isolate for 14 days.
- The date of symptom onset is day zero.
The symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are:
• recent onset of new continuous cough or
• high temperature or
• a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia).
For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness. If you are concerned about your health or the health of anyone else in your house, please seek advice from your GP or NHS 111 by phoning 111.
There are things you can do to reduce the risk of getting 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
Further information is available at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
As you can see from our detailed risk assessment, we have taken significant measures to help mitigate the risk of transmission in our community by taking some fundamental steps:
Provision of home learning for self-isolating students
We are committed to providing home learning for students who are self-isolating because they, or somebody in their household, are displaying symptoms of Covid-19. When we are notified that a student is self-isolating, we compile a list and inform teachers by email. However, it is likely that teachers won’t be able to access their emails until the end of the school day. As a result, we would recommend that students carry out either or both of the following tasks during day 1 of self-isolation:
1. Visit the Oak National Academy website and complete one or more lessons from each of the subjects that you would have been taught. This site offers free, high-quality video lessons and resources that, in many subjects, closely match the curriculum followed by students at Bottisham.
2. Use the relevant Knowledge Organisers on the College website to reinforce the core curriculum knowledge from some of your subjects. In addition to providing links to all the knowledge organisers, by subject, year and term, advice is given about how best to use them.
From day 2 of self-isolation onwards, you should be set work on Google Classroom for each subject on your timetable. However, there may occasionally be delays due to staff absence. If you have not been set work for a subject, we would encourage you to contact the class teacher direct, either via Google Classroom or by email. You may also wish to complete additional work from the two sources above.
Guides from Cambridgeshire County Council
Recognising Coronavirus / When to Self-Isolate
Covid-19 Related Absence from school – a Quick Guide for Parents
What are the Rules on Self Isolation? – a Quick Guide for Parents
A ‘contact’ is a person who has been close to someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 anytime from 2 days before the person had symptoms (or a positive test if no symptoms) and up to 10 days from the start of their symptoms (when they are infectious to others). So this means anyone who:
• Is in their household (living together, sharing kitchen or bathroom)
• Has been closer to them than 1m for one minute or longer
• Has been within 2m of them for more than 15 minutes
• Has had face-to-face contact (within 1m), been coughed on or had skin-skin physical contact
• Has travelled in a small vehicle with them, even on a short journey.
You may also find this diagram about actions to take if someone in your household develops Covid 19 symptoms helpful.
Further information can be found here:
Please find below letters to our community concerning reopening in the COVID context.
More details can be found in our risk assessment, but also in this video which was released to parents before the start of term (Please note: there may be changes to the information found in this video)
Information from Cambridgeshire County Council below