Aylesbury Grammar School isolate year 8 after Coronavirus outbreak

The school has been forced to isolate a group of year 8 pupils after an outbreak of Coronavirus.
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In a letter to parents and carers the school explained why it had isolated a 'small number of students' following a positive case.

They wrote:

"It is with regret that I am writing to you today as we have been required to isolate a form group in Year 8 as well as a small number of students that, under the Government Guidance, have had the nature and duration of contact required for isolation after a student has tested positive for Covid-19.

Aylesbury Grammar School isolate year 8 after Coronavirus outbreakAylesbury Grammar School isolate year 8 after Coronavirus outbreak
Aylesbury Grammar School isolate year 8 after Coronavirus outbreak

"The student in question was unwell at the end of the summer holiday and the family requested a test at home kit.

"They completed this and sent it off, in the meantime the student attended School on Friday September 4 and Monday September 7.

"During Monday, the student visited the medical room but did not disclose that he had been tested or had been unwell previously.

"On the evening of Monday 7 September the family were informed the test was positive."

The school have now reemphasised that parents of children read the Government guidance to ensure whole classes aren't excluded.

They stressed that they had stuck to procedures, so request parents do too.

The form class have been isolated immediately after advice from Public Health England.

The school said they wanted to "reassure all parents that the systems in place in the School have enabled them to quickly and safely identify all those who had close contact with he student.

Furthermore, the school has been deep cleaned following the positive test.

Here is the Government advice on what to do if your child is unwell:

If your child becomes unwell with a new, persistent cough or a high temperature, or has a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste of smell (anosmia), they must stay at home and you should follow the COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection guidance.

If your child becomes unwell while at a setting, the provider should call you immediately to come and collect them. While your child is awaiting collection they will be kept separately from others by a distance of at least 2 metres, ideally in a well-ventilated room with appropriate adult supervision.

When you collect your child you should take them straight home, do not:

use public transport

visit the GP

visit a pharmacy

visit the urgent care centre

visit a hospital - (unless unless the child is seriously unwell)

In an emergency, call 999 if they are seriously ill or injured or their life is at risk.

If your child has symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), a high temperature, new and persistent cough or a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia), however mild, they should self-isolate for at least 10 days from when the symptoms started. Or if they are not experiencing symptoms but have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) they should self-isolate for at least 10 days starting from the day the test was taken.

If they have tested positive whilst not experiencing symptoms but develop symptoms during the isolation period, they should restart the 10 day isolation period from the day they develop symptoms.

This only applies to those who begin their isolation on or after 30 July.

You should arrange a test for them as soon as possible to see if they have coronavirus (COVID-19). You can do this by visiting NHS.UK or contact NHS 119 via telephone if you do not have internet access. You and other fellow household members should self-isolate for 14 days.

If your child tests negative, they can usually return to the setting and the fellow household members can end their self-isolation subject to confirmation from local health protection professionals.

If your child tests negative but is unwell, they should not return to the setting until they are recovered.

If your child tests positive, NHS Test and Trace will speak directly to those that have been in contact with your child to offer advice. This advice may be that the rest of their class or group within the setting should be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 14 days. Household members should also self-isolate at home. See the current stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection for more information.