22nd October 2020
FOR CLOSE CONTACTS OF CONFIRMED CASES OF COVID-19
Advice to Self-Isolate for 14 Days
Dear Parents of children in Year 2K,
Your child has been identified as a close contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19.
In line with the national guidance available below, your child should now stay at home and self-isolate until 2nd November 2020.
We are asking this to reduce the further spread of COVID 19 to others in the community.
If your child is well at the end of the 14 days period of self-isolation, then she/he can return to usual activities. A negative test does not mean that they can stop self-isolation earlier than 14 days.
Other members of your household can continue normal activities provided you do not develop symptoms of COVID-19 within the 14 day self-isolation period.
Please see the link to the PHE Staying at Home Guidance
What to do if you develop symptoms of COVID 19
If you develop symptoms of COVID-19, you should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when your symptoms appeared as advised in https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance
You can arrange for testing for via https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested.
All other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days.
The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.
Household members should not go to work, school, or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home.
Household members staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community
If you are able can, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period.
Symptoms of COVID 19
The most common symptoms of coronavirus (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)
For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.
If you do develop symptoms, you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/ or by phoning 111.
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
Further information is available at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Ms A Hickson