COVID-19 - Weekly Isolation information

School’s response to COVID-19 related incidents

 

As a school we are likely to be faced with three potential COVID-19  situations during the next year - these are outlined below:

 

A member of a bubble needing to self-isolate for precautionary reasons - This is likely to be because they have been in close contact with someone who has either symptoms or has had a positive test result for COVID-19. They will not have symptoms themselves. If your child is in the bubble with someone who is self-isolating for precautionary reason, they will still be able to attend school as normal.

 

A member of a bubble needing to self-isolate as they are demonstrating COVID-19 symptoms - In this instance, a member of the bubble would have one or more of the following symptoms: a new continuous cough, a temperature or a loss/change of their sense of smell or taste. Unfortunately, these symptoms are also symptoms of many other common illnesses. With this in mind, I would like to reassure parents that despite the likelihood of receiving a high number of notifications relating to these types of incidents in your child’s bubble - many will not be COVID-19 related. The person demonstrating any of these symptoms will not be allowed to re-enter the school until they have returned a negative COVID-19 test result or have isolated for 10 days since developing symptoms. If your child is in the bubble with someone who is self-isolating because they are demonstrating COVID-19 symptoms, they will still be able to attend school as normal until advised otherwise.

 

Wider members of the bubble needing to self-isolate as someone from the bubble they have been in close contact with has COVID-19 - In the event of any member within a bubble contracting COVID-19 we will discuss the need of self-isolation with local authorities and our local Public Health England Team. The response to a positive result will be quick to ensure that we reduce the risk for other bubbles. Any self-isolation linked to coming in contact with someone who has tested positive will last for 14 days in line with government guidance. If children are asked to self-isolate for 14 days and are not showing symptoms, they will be provided with work to complete at home.  If your child is in the bubble with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, it is highly likely they will have to self-isolate for 14 days.

 

Children at HINS work in class bubbles - the only time bubbles interact as year groups is during Breakfast and After School Club. If a child (who attends Breakfast or After School Club) has mixed with another child who then tests positive for COVID-19, they would also be asked to self-isolate as they would have been in close contact with someone who has the virus.

 

As soon as I am aware of any of the three scenarios set out in the above sections I will communicate with parents. I will also keep parents aware of the changes in any ongoing situation in a timely manner using the grid found below. As the symptoms for COVID-19 are so generic, it is my feeling that I will be contacting parents on a regular occurrence regarding either children isolating for precautionary reasons or having developed symptoms. As I have stated previously, many of these incidents will not result in a positive COVID-19 result but I feel that it is important to build trust between school and home by communicating clearly and in a timely manner. This will allow parents and staff to be even more vigilant ensuring the safest level of risk for your child. I fully understand that the availability of tests is not as good as it should be at this current time and that this may leave children spending more time at home whilst they are waiting for a test but this procedure must be followed to protect us all.  

Information for the week beginning Monday 23rd November 2020 

 

Weekly number of members

isolating due to precautionary

measures

Weekly number of members

isolating due to 

having COVID-19 symptoms

Weekly reported negative results

Weekly reported positive results

Explorers

 1

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moons

 2

 

 

 

Rockets

 

 1

 1

 

Stars

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Planets

 1

 

 

 

Astronauts

2

 

 

 

Flying Saucers

 1

 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Galaxies

 

 

 

Satellites

 

 

 

Asteroids

2

 

 

 

Last updated 12:45pm Friday 27th November 2020.
 
The symptoms for COVID-19 are also symptoms of many other common illnesses. With this in mind, I would like to reassure parents that despite the likelihood of  high numbers of potential COVID-19 cases in your child’s bubble - many will not be COVID-19 related.
 
 
 

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