BREAKING NEWS: Important COVID Update

The college will be open from Monday 2 November 2020 and your child should continue to attend if they remain well.  We have been advised today, 30 October 2020, that there has been one confirmed case of COVID-19 within the college. 

Please find below the ‘standard letter’ we are asked to send to all parents and carers from Public Health England.  Please read to the end of this letter where there is a paragraph specific to Henry Cort Community College.

We know that you may find this concerning, but we are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with Public Health England.  This letter is to inform you of the current situation and provide advice on how to support your child.  Please be reassured that for most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

This is a letter for the entire college community.  The students who have been in direct prolonged contact with the confirmed case will have already received an individual letter and will be staying at home for 14 days.

The college remains open and your child should continue to attend if they remain well.

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

If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they must not come to college and should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared.  Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and this can be arranged via https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.  Once you have been able to secure and take a test you need to remain in isolation as a household until you receive the results. 

All other household members who remain well, must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days.  This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’.

Further information is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

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.  If you require help with buying groceries, other shopping or picking up medication, or walking a dog, you should ask friends or family.  Alternatively, you can order your shopping online and medication by phone or online.

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, 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

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  1. a new continuous cough
  2. a high temperature
  3. a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

If your child or anyone in the household does 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

Do

  1. wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  2. use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  3. wash your hands as soon as you get home
  4. cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  5. 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/

Specific Information from Henry Cort Community College

I can confirm that all Government guidance has been, and will continue to be, followed to ensure that our college remains as Covid Safe as is possible.  Increased cleaning routines will continue, and we ask that you take the opportunity to check your child’s ‘Covid Kit’ (plain face mask and sealable plastic bag for storage, tissues, hand sanitiser) and all equipment required for each day together with a full water bottle to ensure they are Ready 2 Learn.  Please remind your child about the need to wear masks, keep space and hand washing.

We are a large community and with infection rates rising in the wider community, we need to be ever mindful of the individual and collective role we all play in reducing the risk of the virus spreading wherever possible. 

Thank you in anticipation of your support and understanding.  Any urgent questions please do use enquiries@henrycort.org and we will address these as soon as we are able to. 

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