Dear Parent or Carer,
A confirmed case of Covid-19 in our Year 10
A member of our Year 10 has tested positive for Covid-19. The school is working closely with Oldham’s Public Health Team to reduce the risk of infection for your children and our staff.
As a result, we have reluctantly made the decision to send the whole of Year 10 home to self-isolate. All students in Year 10 must self-isolate for 14 days from the date of last contact with the student who tested positive. Only students in Year 10 need to self-isolate, other members of the student’s household do not need to self-isolate.
As the student who tested positive was last in school on Monday 7th September, students end their self-isolation on Monday 21st September and will return to school on Tuesday 22nd September.
Year 10 students have been informed and will be sent home at 1.20pm today.
Any Year 10 student unable to make their own way home and unable to be collected until the end of the school day will be able to stay in a room in school until 2.50pm.
It is important that we are all aware of the symptoms of Covid-19 and only well children attend school or childcare settings.
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
- high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
Most people with coronavirus have at least one of these symptoms. Information about Covid-19 symptoms and management of the virus can be found here, www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
We will be taking the appropriate action to clean the affected areas across the school.
If your child is in Year 10, please try not to worry. For most people Covid-19 is a mild illness.
If you or your child develops any of the above symptoms or become unwell please contact NHS 111 or your GP. Although Covid19 is circulating in the community, usual childhood illnesses are too and it is important that these are not missed.
Mr J Cregg
CC: Katrina Stephens, Director of Public Health, Oldham Council