School Closure Update - October 23rd 2020
We have been advised by Public Health England that there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 within Heybridge Co-operative Academy.
We know that you may find this concerning but we are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with Public Health England. This letter is to inform you of the current situation and provide advice on how to support your child. Please be reassured that for most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.
A small number of staff and pupils have been identified as being in direct prolonged contact with the individual confirmed to have tested positive for COVID-19. These people will be contacted by Public Health England and advised whether they need to self isolate for up to 14 days.
As a result Heybridge Co-operative Academy will be closed on Friday 23 October 2020. All education for Friday 23 October will be via Google Classrooms and pupils will be expected to log on and attend their lessons as per their normal timetable. Pupils who attend education at any alternative providers such as Rallysport, Circles, CTP, Youthbuild etc will not be expected to attend, but will be expected to log on to attend lessons via Google Classrooms in their normal teaching groups.
Transport providers have been contacted and cancelled for tomorrow.
What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19
If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they must not come to Heybridge Co-operative Academy and should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. Anyone with symptoms should seek a test 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/college or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home only.
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.
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/