An urgent email has been sent out to parents of children at an Isle of Wight primary school following a confirmed case of COVID-19.
Public Health England have confirmed that the first case of the potentially deadly coronavirus has now hit our schools.
Cowes Primary School have today (Sunday) alerted parents to the worrying news after a child tested positive for COVID-19.
The school has not updated its website and their Facebook Page doesn’t actually state what the nature of the ‘urgent’ email is. However, it hasn’t taken long for parents to alert the wider community.
Cowes Primary will remain open and the management team are working closely with Public Health England to monitor the situation.
Pupils who have had direct and prolonged contact with the infected individual in the ‘class bubble’ have been informed via an individual letter. They will now be off school for a 14 day period, as will the teacher and teaching assistant.
Stephanie Praetig, Headteacher of Cowes Primary School, has issued some reassurance to concerned families stating that for most people, COVID-19 is a mild illness.
What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19
If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they must not go to school and should remain at home for at least 10 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 or anyone in the household does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-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
- 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 https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/.