FOR PARENTS OF CLOSE CONTACTS OF COVID-19
Advice for Child to Self-Isolate for 10 Days
We have been advised that there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 (via PCR test result) within our Year 5/6 class in school.
We have identified that your child has been in close contact with the affected case. In line with the national guidance we recommend that your child now stays at home and self-isolates until 24th July 2021 (10 days after last contact). Sunday 25th July will be the first day your child will be able to come out of isolation. Your child must not go to school or any public areas: your child must remain at home. Further details of what your child needs to do are in NHS Guidance:
We are asking you to do this to reduce the further spread of COVID 19 to others in the community. If you need support with isolation, please contact your local Council.
Other members of your household can continue normal activities provided your child does not develop symptoms within the self-isolation period.
If your child is well at the end of the period of self-isolation, then they can return to usual activities.
Apply for a Test and Trace Support Payment
As a parent or guardian of a child who has been told to self-isolate, you may need to take time off work to look after them. If this is the case you may be eligible for a self-isolation payment of £500. For more information please see: www.gov.uk/test-and-trace-support-payment
What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19
For most people, especially children, COVID-19 will be a mild illness.
The most common symptoms of 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)
If your child develops any of these symptoms of COVID-19, they should remain at home and you should arrange a PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) test for them.
Testing can be arranged by calling 119 or via gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test
If your child has developed symptoms, all other household members must begin to self-isolate, this means staying at home, not go to work, school or public areas, even for exercise.
When you receive the result of your child’s PCR test, further advice will be provided via the NHS Test and Trace Service.
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
- keep a regular flow of fresh air into indoor areas.
Help, support, and further information.
To help you comply with the requirement to self-isolate, the County Durham Together Community Hub can provide access to essential supplies, financial support and emotional support as well as other services. Please visit durham.gov.uk/covid19help or call the Community Hub on 03000 260260 for further details.
There is also support available the coronavirus section via durhamlocate.org.uk
In light of this news the Year 6 Leavers Service will now take place on Monday 26th July at 3.30pm. Please can children arrive at school at 2.00pm on the Monday so they can have a run through of the service.