LOBLEY HILL PRIMARY SCHOOL
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE FOR PARENTS
7 October 2020
We have been advised that there has been 3 more confirmed cases of COVID-19 recently within the school.
We have carried out a full risk assessment and identified all those who have been in close contact with the affected case and have recommended that they stay at home and self-isolate until 14 days after their last contact.
Your child has not been identified as a close contact and therefore does not need to make any change to their usual routine, including school attendance.
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 assured that for most people, COVID-19 will be a mild illness.
The school remains open to all year groups (except Nursery and Y4) and providing your child remains well, they can continue to attend school as normal. We will keep this under review.
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are recent onset of a new continuous cough and/or a high temperature and/or a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia). If your child, or anyone in your household, develops these symptoms, your whole household must remain at home and not go to work, school or public areas. You should arrange testing for the person who has developed symptoms. If the test result comes back positive, then they must remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. All other household members must isolate for 14 days starting from the date that the first person in the house became ill.
Household members staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection cases which could pass onto others in the community.
Testing can be arranged by calling 119 or via the NHS website: nhs.uk/coronavirus
How to stop COVID-19 spreading
There are things we can all 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 nhs.uk/coronavirus
Chair of Governors
WHATS GOING ON AT
PARKING AROUND SCHOOL
We’d all like to prioritise the safety of our children and local residents by ensuring that parking in the local area is both legal and considerate. If you can walk to school, please do, or even consider parking a distance away and walking the final half-mile or so. Our pupils would also enjoy cycling or scooting to school if this is practical. Walking, cycling and scooting all help our local air quality too. But if you really need to drive to school, please make sure you avoid the Keep Clear zig-zag markings and yellow lines when parking. To help ensure this happens, Gateshead Council staff carry out regular enforcement and issue Penalty Charge Notices (tickets). In addition, officers from Northumbria Police will be patrolling the area around school at the start and end of the school day to ensure that cars are not obstructing pavements or driveways, and not endangering pedestrians by driving onto the pavement.