01st December 2020
Dear Student, Parent & Carers
We have been notified of a confirmed case of COVID 19 within our Leigh Site.
Your son/daughter has been identified as a close contact of the confirmed case.
We have been advised by Public Health England (PHE) that all students within the College should isolate until Sunday 13th December. This means they should stay at home and self-isolate from others. They should only return to College on Monday 14th December, 9:00am.
We are asking you to reduce the further spread of COVID 19 to others in the community. Online work is available for all students either:
- through the online learning via Teams, Facebook, and messenger and the college website
- through the BKSB platform for English and Mathematics
- through Microsoft Teams
- through direct emails from staff.
The expectation is that students as will where possible continue to work during this time until returning on Monday 14th December.
We will complete daily welfare calls and online learning with your son/daughter from Wednesday 2nd December, this will allow us to keep in regular contact with your son/daughter and/or yourselves during this period.
If, after the period of isolation your son/daughter is feeling fit and well, they can cease the self- isolation and can return to usual activities. A negative test does not mean your son/daughter can return to college earlier than Monday 14th December.
Other members of your household can continue normal activities provided your son/daughter does not develop symptoms within the 14-day self-isolation period.
Please see the link to: Guidance for contacts of people with confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection who do not live with the person. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-for-contacts-of-people-with-possible-or-confirmed-coronavirus-covid-19-infection-who-do-not-live-with-the-person
What to do if your son/daughter develops symptoms of COVID 19
If your son/daughter develops symptoms of COVID-19, they 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
People who do not have symptoms should not request a test unless this has been specifically requested by Public Health England or the local authority.
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. 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 to, 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
Please see the link to the PHE ‘Stay at Home’ Guidance:
Symptoms of COVID 19
The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:
- new continuous cough and/or
- high temperature and/or
- 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 son/daughter does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from the nhs.uk website at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/.
If you are concerned about your son/daughter symptoms, or they are worsening you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://111.nhs.uk/ or by phoning 111.
Further information is available at
Head of Education