Dear Parents and Carers 
 
Today we have had our first positive test result for one of our children and as a consequence we have closed the Key Stage Three classes in the main school. This is the 'bubble' for those young people and so they will now have a home-learning package for much of the next two weeks. This is the advice we have been given by the Health Protection Unit to prevent the further spread of the virus in our school. We will thoroughly clean the areas ready for the children's return. For children on Free School Meals we will provide food boxes for them. Families will be contacted when these are ready for collecting.
 
Kent will be moving from the Covid-19 national restrictions next week to Tier Three restrictions because the infection rate is so high locally. This is a very worrying situation and we will have to work together to try to halt the spread of the virus through our community. Can I thank you again for all of your support during this period.
 
Here is the advice that the Health Protection Team have provided to us to share with you.
 
What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19 
If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they must not come 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’. Further guidance is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection 
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 can, 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
Symptoms of COVID 19 
The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:
•    new continuous cough and/or
•    high temperature 
•    a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)
For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.
If your child 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
Do
•         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
 
Best wishes
 
Daniel