11th November 2020
I truly hope you and your family are healthy and well. The purpose of this letter is to reinforce two important messages that will support the health of ourselves as a community.
Firstly, if you feel your child may be exhibiting even the slightest symptoms of Covid-19 it is vital that you do not send your child to school and that you arrange for a test. 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 a 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
Secondly, if your child uses home-school transport they must use their designated bus. If there is an identified positive Covid-19 case on a bus, all the pupils on that bus must self-isolate for 14 days. To support each other please do the following:
- Check your child carries their bus pass with them each day
- Check with your child that they catch the correct bus to and from school
Your cooperation on these two significant issues could make the difference between a year group and/or bus contact group having to self-isolate for 14 days or not. Please take time to have a conversation with your child about the contents of this letter.
Finally, I would like to thank the parents and pupils who are continuing to be socially responsible in their actions and supporting each other’s health in the school and the wider community. The phrase ‘we are all in this together’ has never been more true than now.
Please contact the school if you have any queries.
Mr. G. Rees