16
SEP
2020

Letter to Parents and Carers of Year 9 Students

Dear Parents and Carers of Year 9 students,

Further to my letter sent yesterday, I have continued to work throughout the day with Public Health England whose advice has now changed. Therefore, in order to prevent the potential spread of COVID 19 to others in the community we will be asking all students in Year 9 to self-isolate until Friday 25th September. This will be 14 days since their last potential point of contact. If your child is well at the end of the 14 day period of self-isolation, then they can return to usual activities and attend college.

Other members of your household can continue normal activities provided your child does not develop symptoms within the 14 day self-isolation period. For further details please follow the PHE Staying at Home Guidance : https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection. This means that siblings in other year groups should attend college as normal.

If during the period of isolation your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, you should organise for your child to be tested via the NHS online portal (https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test) or by calling 119. Your household should isolate until you receive the test results giving the all clear If you are unable to book a local slot then you can email d-ccg.devon.urgenttesting@nhs.net making clear that the test is for a child attending a Devon School, and you will be supported to access local testing. The symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are a recent onset of:

* A continuous cough and/or
* A 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/

I appreciate that this will be an incredibly worrying time for your family and will cause considerable disruption. Please contact your child’s tutor if you have any concerns. We are committed to continuing the education of our Year 9’s from home. The teachers of the subjects they would have tomorrow will set work on class charts and will be available on email during their normal lesson time. Dr Butt will be writing home tomorrow with details of the online provision that will then be available moving forward.

Email of all teaching staff can be found on our website https://bidefordcollege.org/teaching-faculty-contact-details/

Best wishes

Dr C Ankers

Principal