*TEAM COWELL BUBBLE CLOSURE WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECTDUE TO POSITIVE COVID-19 CASE**
Dear Parents and Carers,
We have been notified this morning of a confirmed positive PCR test result for COVID-19, in Team Cowell.
We have been in consultation with the Health Protection Team atPublic Health England and have taken theiradvice. As a result, the children in the Team Cowell bubble – who attended school lastweek – will now beisolating until 0:01AM Monday 29th March. The bubble can reopen following the Easter break on Monday 12th April. School breaks up for Easter on Friday 26th March.
After just returning to class, following the full reopening of schoolon the 8th March, I am incredibly frustrated for the children inTeam Cowell. All children in that Team will move to remote/ home education and we will do all that we can to minimise further disruption to the children. Team Cowell staff will update parents/carers soon on plans and timetables for next week.
This is a precautionary measure in order to reduce the possible spread of the virus to family, friends and thewider school community. Others in the same household as Team Cowell children, including siblings, will notneed to self-isolate unless theTeam Cowell child becomes symptomatic themselves.
All other Teams will remain open.
Parents must not bring any Team Cowell pupils to the school when dropping or collecting siblings from other teams. This is in contravention of the government guidelines as all Team Cowellpupils must now isolate for 10days from the last close contact.
We know that you may find this concerning, and I want to reassureyou that we are continuing to take all thenecessary steps, as setout in our risk assessment, to reduce the risk of transmission within and between bubbles. Our bubbles remain very separate from each other throughout the day,and we are rigorously applying our cleaning and hygiene measures within and outside the bubbles. Our school risk assessments is available on our website.
If you have a child in Team Cowell, we will have contacted you separately regarding information on the closure of the bubble.
Please remember that if the pupil or any household member develops symptoms, you and all householdmembers must then remain at home and do not send your child to school. Do not go outside your home forany reason i.e. to work, school, or publicareas, and do not use public transport or taxis. The guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection page has more information on self-isolation.
If your child, or anyone in your household, starts to develop any ofthe symptoms associated with Covid-19 (areminder of these is setout below), please follow government advice and seek a PCR test.
As a reminder, we have summarised the Government guidance regarding Coronavirus symptoms and ways in which to reduce the transmission.
Symptoms of COVID19
The most important symptoms of coronavirus (COVID19) are recent onset of any of the following:
a new continuous cough
a high temperature
a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell
Thank you for your continued co-operation and support.