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Date:July 13, 2021

Advice to all parents – 13/07/21

13th July 2021

Advice to all parents – Two Confirmed Cases of Covid-19 in the Year 10 bubble

Dear parents and carers,

We have been advised that there have been two confirmed cases of COVID-19 within Budehaven Community School, in the Year 10 bubble. As a result, we have sent Year 10 home to self-isolate until the end of the summer term, Friday 23rd July 2021.

We are continuing to monitor the situation and have taken advice from Public Health England/Department for Education and Cornwall Local Authority. This letter is to inform you of the current situation and provide advice on how to support your child(ren). Please be reassured that for most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

The guidance from Public Health England and Cornwall Council is that when a child is told to self-isolate, other members of the household can continue normal activities provided the child does not develop symptoms within the 10-day self-isolation period.

We have produced the following form, which parents and carers must use to inform us if their child is tested and receives a positive Covid-19 result. Please ensure that if your child does test positive, you inform us via this form, so we can accurately and effectively track and trace, and inform the parents and carers of any close contacts: https://bit.ly/bcs-covid-reporting

What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19:

If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, you should organise for your child to be tested via the NHS online portal or by calling 119. Your household should isolate until you receive negative test results.

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)

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

Do:

  • 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

Further information is available at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/.

We sympathise with all our pupils and staff who are affected by this situation, and look forward to seeing all our students back together in September.

Yours faithfully,

Mr Dominic Wilkes

Headteacher