Year 11 Bubble Self Isolation Advice
Dear Parent or Carer
We have been made aware this morning of one more positive case in Year 11 of coronavirus (COVID-19) at Pegasus Academy. We have a significant number of Year 11 pupils already self-isolating; therefore, we have taken the difficult decision following advice from Public Health England for the Year 11 pupils to work at home for the next two weeks. Work can be accessed through Show My Homework and Distance Learning on the student portal. If you feel your child needs a device to access these, please contact the Academy through firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Year 11 Mock examinations will now re-commence on Monday 30th November 2020 and a revised timetable will be issued in due course.
We have followed the national guidance and, following a risk assessment with Public Health England (PHE) advisers, we have made this difficult decision. In line with the national guidance, we recommend that your child now stays at home and self-isolates until Tuesday 24th November 2020.
All Year 11 students should return to the Academy on Wednesday 25th November 2020.
We are asking your child to do this to reduce the further spread of coronavirus (COVID19) to others in the community.
If your child is well at the end of the 14-day period of self-isolation, then they can return to their usual activities and attend school.
Other members of your household can continue normal activities, provided your child does not develop symptoms within the 14-day self-isolation period.
For more information, please see the guidance for contacts of people with confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection who do not live with the person:
What to do if your child develops symptoms of coronavirus (COVID 19)
Having been identified as a close contact, if your child then develops symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), they should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. Symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are a new, continuous cough, or a high temperature, or a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia). 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 isolation 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. If that is not possible, anyone with symptoms should try and stay as far away as possible from vulnerable members of your household.
For more information, please read PHE’s ‘Stay at Home’ guidance:
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 coronavirus (COVID-19) spreading
There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with coronavirus (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
Further information is available at
Mr A P Landers