Dear Parents & Carers,
As we approach the end of this half term, once again I’d like to thank you all for your wonderful support in helping to keep our children and families safe.
Please take 5 minutes to read the content of this letter which describes what you need to do if your child develops COVID-19 symptoms during half term.
What happens if my child displays symptoms of COVID-19 after school on Friday (23rd October) or on the first Saturday (24th October) or Sunday (25th October) during half term?
As I am sure you are aware, there are three main symptoms of COVID-19 and they are;
· A high temperature
· A new and persistent cough
· A loss of taste or sense of smell
If your child displays any of these three symptoms on the evening of Friday 23rd October, Saturday 24th October or Sunday 25th October it is really important that you;
What happens if my child tests negative for COVID-19 having had symptoms on Friday 23rd October, Saturday 24th October or Sunday 25th October?
As soon as you get a negative test result for your child, we ask that you contact school immediately (using the email above). Your child can return after half term, if they feel better and any temperature has gone.
What happens if my child tests positive for COVID-19 having had symptoms on Friday 23rd October, Saturday 24th October or Sunday 25th October?
As soon as you get a positive test result for your child, we ask that you contact school immediately. Your child will need to stay off for a further 10 days from the result of the test. They can then return when they are better, and any temperature has gone.
As soon as we are informed of a positive result, we will inform all families in your child’s class who are deemed to have been in close contact. They will need to isolate for 14 days from the last contact. We will have conducted a robust and prompt Risk Assessment with Gateshead Council’s Public Health Team. A member of the leadership team will call you to inform you.
This means that a class will not be able to return to school until Monday 9th November and will receive Home Learning for the week beginning Monday 2nd November.
What happens if my child displays symptoms of COVID-19 during the rest of half term?
If your child displays any of the three symptoms from Monday 26th October it is really important that you;
We will not need to notify any other parents as it will have been 48 hours since the last close contact. We ask that you notify us as soon you get a test result to decide when your child can return to school.
Please can I remind you, as a region we are currently a tier 2 area. This means we can meet OUTSIDE ONLY with no more than 6 people. When doing so, we must observe social distancing and remain 2metres apart. The new 6 person restriction introduced by the government is designed to reduce the spread of covid-19 and is enforceable by law.
I know this is a lot of information and I appreciate these are anxious times for families and we have asked a lot of you. You have responded brilliantly, and we really appreciate your understanding and cooperation; thank you. Working together, we hope to minimise the transmission of this virus and protect everyone in our school, and the wider community, as much as we can.
Thank you in advance and enjoy half term.
Mrs Rachel Hocking
Swalwell Primary School