Positive Covid-19 case

Dear Parents and Carers,

Confirmed case of COVID-19 at St Matthew’s Primary School

We have been advised that there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 within your child’s class.

We know that you may find this concerning; however, we are continuing to monitor the situation and are following the correct procedures to keep our children, school and community safe. Please be reassured that for most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

Self-isolation for close contacts and household members

Close contacts or household members of a positive case do not need to self-isolate if any of the following applies:

• They are fully vaccinated
• They are below the age of 18 years and 6 months
• They have taken part in or are currently part of an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial
• They are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons

So your child does not need to self-isolate and must continue to attend school as normal if they are well and are not showing any symptoms of COVID-19.

What to do if your child or a member of your household develops symptoms of COVID-19

If your child or a member of your household does develop symptoms of COVID-19, they must not come to school and should self-isolate immediately.

Remaining household members do not need to self-isolate unless they are displaying symptoms.

We advise you to take a PCR test as soon as possible if you have any of these symptoms, even if mild:

● A high temperature
● A new, continuous cough
● A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms will be eligible for free testing and this can be arranged via Get tested for coronavirus (COVID-19) – NHS (www.nhs.uk) or by calling 119.

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness. If your child develops symptom’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 protect yourself and others.

• Meet outside, or open windows and doors for indoor visitors
• If you think you have symptoms stay at home and take a PCR test
• Self-isolate (for at least 10 days) if you receive a positive PCR test result
• Wear face coverings in crowded places and on public transport
• Check in to venues when you go out
• Wash your hands with soap regularly, and for at least 20 seconds
• Get vaccinated (if applicable)

Further Information

Further information is available at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by telephone or email.

Thank you for your continuing support – working together, as a community, will help to keep us all safe.

Yours sincerely,

Ms J Thomas and Ms D Thompson