A student at Uckfield College has tested positive for Covid-19 and others have been asked to isolate to prevent the spread of the disease.
A letter went out yesterday to parents and students saying all close, prolonged contacts the individual had prior to not being in school – since Thursday, October 1 – had been traced.
“We have traced all of the students who have sat within 2m of the person in lessons and most of the students who that person has socialised with, and we expect to have finalised that list of social contacts very soon.
“The small number of children who have been in close contact with the individual who has tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19) have gone home and received a letter informing them that their child must stay at home for 14 days from the last time they were in close, prolonged contact with the individual who tested positive.
“The school remains open and your child should continue to attend as normal if they remain well.”
Parents have been advised on what to do if a child de pelops symptoms of Covid-19.
The school says in the letter, which is signed by principal Hugh Hennebry:
If your child develops symptoms of Covid-19, they must not come to school and should remain at home for at least ten 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.
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’.
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.
The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:
- a new continuous cough
- a high temperature
- 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 does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from the nhs.uk website at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/. If you are concerned about your child’s symptoms, or they are worsening you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://111.nhs.uk/ 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
- 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