Re: Contact of confirmed case of COVID-19 in Pontarddulais Comprehensive School.
Due to an additional case of COVID-19, within Year 11, the self-isolation dates have changed meaning that Year 11 pupils should now not return to school until Monday 5th October. NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect trace everyone who have been in contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
Yesterday the school received a telephone call alleging that Year 11 pupils have been sighted in the local community when they should be self-isolating. NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect ‘contact tracers’ do contact the homes of self-isolating people where such allegations are made. The vast majority of pupils are socially responsible citizens, however a small minority not following self-isolating protocols could undermine the community’s endeavours to curb the transmission of Covid-19. Please can you reinforce the importance of the self-isolation protocols with your child, outlined below. As a school we shall continue to work closely with NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect, the local police as well as range of partners in our collective efforts to reduce Covid-19 transmission in our community.
Your child has been identified as a contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19 and will now need to self-isolate for 14 days from the 18th of September 2020. By identifying contacts and asking them to self-isolate for 14 days, we will reduce the possible spread of COVID-19 from those contacts to their family, friends and the wider community.
Self-isolation advice requires your child to stay at home, not to go outdoors to exercise, to visit shops, family or friends, or to other public spaces. Please do not invite people to your house. Further information on self-isolation can be found in the link at the bottom of this letter.
If your child remains well then the other members of the household do not need to isolate and can continue with their normal activities. If your child is still well at the end of the 14-day period of self-isolation, they can return to Pontarddulais Comprehensive School on Monday 5th October and their other usual activities on Saturday 3rd October 2020.
This 14-day period of self-isolation cannot be reduced by having a test. A test is only for people who develop symptoms of COVID-19.
To reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading, there are things that everyone in your family can do to help. These include:
- washing hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
- using hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- washing hands as soon as they get home
- covering their mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve (not their hands) when they cough or sneeze
- putting used tissues in the bin immediately and washing hands afterwards
Please be alert for symptoms of COVID-19 in your child, which are:
- A new or continuous cough
- A high temperature
- A loss of or change to sense of smell or taste
If your child develops any of these symptoms, even if they are mild:
- Book a test for them by phoning 01639 862757 or 119 or through the online portal: https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test
- Inform Pontarddulais Comprehensive School that they are unwell with COVID-19 symptoms and that you have requested a test
- Your child should remain in self-isolation
- All other household members should isolate for 14 days from when your child developed symptoms
- Do not visit a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital but if you require medical advice please contact NHS 111 or telephone your GP; if there is a medical emergency phone 999
- If you require medical advice for COVID-19 symptoms or another reason, please inform the healthcare worker that your child is a contact of a case of COVID-19 and in self-isolation
- Please follow the advice provided when your child receives their test result
Further formation on Test, Trace, Protect can be found here https://gov.wales/test-trace-protect-coronavirus
Further information on symptoms and self-isolation can be found here https://gov.wales/symptoms-and-self-isolation-contact-tracing
For general information on COVID-19 https://gov.wales/protect-yourself-others-coronavirus
The COVID-19 online symptom checker can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do https://gov.wales/check-if-you-need-coronavirus-medical-help
The patience and understanding of parents/carers and pupils is greatly appreciated. We are fully committed to continuing to support you, and your child. Mr Lewis will be sending a separate letter today explaining how we are developing the school’s blended learning approach to support your child during self-isolation. Staff will be hand delivering ‘learning packs’ on Friday to ensure your child can fully engage with the online learning, unfortunately we were not able to deliver earlier due to safeguarding control measures linked to the risk of coronavirus on the delivered resources.
Therefore, the learning packs are in a three day quarantine and are being hand delivered by staff wearing PPE gloves. We are strongest when we work together for the good of your children and the wider community. Your ongoing support is valued more than ever, and we look forward to the day where life and school can return to normal, in the meantime please keep safe and well.
Mr. G. Rees