Updated: Spilsby Primary close Years 3, 4 and Reception classes after positive Covid test

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Spilsby Primary School are shutting two class bubbles after the school was notified of a case of Covid-19.

In a message to parents and guardians the school stated “We have been notified of a case of COVID in school. We are closing Y4 and Reception classes only. If you have a child in these classes please arrange to collect them as soon as possible. An email will follow. Thank you.”

In a letter to parents and guardians on Saturday 28 November the school indicated that it now includes Year 3 and confirmed that:

“We have been advised by Public Health England that there has been another staff member with a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the school. 

We are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with Public Health England.

The school remains open and providing your child remains well they can continue to attend school as normal. We will keep this under review. If you have children in Years 1, 2, 5 or 6 they will still be expected to attend even if they have siblings in Reception or Years 3 or 4.  We appreciate that this may cause difficulties in getting to and from school; the advice we have been given is for you to try to make alternative arrangements for them to possibly walk with another family, if you are travelling by car the self-isolating child can remain in the car at drop off and pick up times.  Please continue to work with us and we will get through this together.”

Elsewhere, King Edward VI Academy have confirmed a case in Year 10, but the school remains open and all Year 10 students should still attend unless they are showing symptoms. In a statement to parents and guardians the Academy Principal, Mr Myhill-Johnson said:

We have sought guidance from both the Department for Education and Lincolnshire County Council and they have both advised that we do not need to take any further action as this student was last in school on Friday 13th November and did not develop any symptoms until Saturday 21st November, thus having no contact with any of our students or staff for more than 48 hours prior to the start of symptoms. The whole family has been self-isolating since the weekend. Therefore, as long as your child continues to be well, it is safe for him/her to come to school and there is no need for their bubble to self-isolate.

What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19 

If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared.

All other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. 

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. 

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 can, 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:

  • new continuous cough and/or
  • high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, 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/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:

  • 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.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

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