Positive Covid case in E27/Y7 at XP East – Students to isolate

Dear Parents / carers of Y7 students at XP East there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19.

After speaking with the family in question, conversations with staff and liaising with the educational public health helpline this morning, we have identified that your child has potentially been in close contact with the affected student as they are a member of the Y7 XP East year bubble. The public health helpline has advised me that in line with the national guidance your child should now stay at home and self-isolate for 10 days.

The helpline are asking us to do this to reduce the further spread of COVID 19 to others in the community.

If your child is well and does not have any Covid-19 related symptoms at the end of the 10 day period of self-isolation they can return to usual activities on Monday 17th May.

Other members of your household can continue normal activities provided your child does not develop symptoms within the 10 day self-isolation period.

We will now move to an online educational provision and details of this will be available on our school website shortly.

All other year groups at XP East will remain open.

What to do if your child develops symptoms of coronavirus (COVID 19) 

Having been identified as a close contact, if your child then develops symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), they should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. Symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) or a new, continuous cough, or a high temperature, or a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia).  Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for a PCR test – this is the type of test that is normally available and can be arranged via https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.  

People who do not have symptoms or have not tested positive using a Lateral Flow Device should not request a PCR test unless this has been specifically requested by Public Health England or the local authority.

Finally, we are really disappointed to have to inform parents and students about this sad news. We want our kids to be in school – not having to learn via computer screens. However, we realise that these steps are taken in the best interests of all involved. We will continue to do everything that it takes to support our students during this period.

I understand that the student is doing well, and we wish for a speedy recovery.

Keep an eye out for the online timetable – Mrs Vayro (Assistant Principal) is putting this together and it will begin with Crew on Monday at 8:30am.

Best wishes everyone.

Jamie Portman