How to stay safe
Thank you to all our students, staff and families for their support during this uncertain time. We are genuinely here to help you through these difficult times. If you have any concerns or questions, you can contact the academy by phone on 0113 273 1964 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Weekly Principal Update
Please be aware that with regards to all COVID-19 related matters there will be a weekly update from the Principal at Leeds East Academy every Friday.
A link to the weekly update will be sent to parents via text, you will be able to access the communication by clicking on the link. Please also be aware that we will contact parents directly in the instance that there is a confirmed positive case which directly affects your child. Please could we politely ask that you immediately notify the academy on email@example.com â€‹should your child test positive for COVID-19. This is so we can take the appropriate action and keep our academy community safe. Thank you as ever for your continued support as we work through these challenging times. Please visit our letters home page to read communications from Miss Carrie.
What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19
You should only book a test if your child has any of these three coronavirus symptoms:
a high temperature: any new high temperature where your child feels hot to touch on their chest or back (you do not need to measure the temperature)
a new continuous cough: coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
a loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste: a noticeable loss of smell or taste or things smell and taste different to normal
Your child does not need a test if they have a runny nose, are sneezing or feeling unwell but do not have a temperature, cough or loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste because these are not normally symptoms of coronavirus.
- If you are unsure about whether to get a test, please check the official list of symptoms on the NHS website, which is reviewed regularly: www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/
- Only the person with symptoms should get a test. You do not need to get a test for anyone else in the household unless they also have any of the three symptoms listed above. All members of the household need to self-isolate whilst waiting for the test result.
- If the person with symptoms’ test comes back positive, other members of their household should continue self-isolating for 14 days and only get a test if they develop coronavirus symptoms.
- If a pupil in a class or bubble tests positive for coronavirus, anyone who is advised to self-isolate does not require a test unless they subsequently develop symptoms. No one else in the same class or bubble as the symptomatic person needs to take any action unless advised by Leeds East Academy.
- Contacts of a person who has tested positive must follow the guidance carefully and in full, which means they must stay at home for 14 days. This is because it can take several days following contact with an infected person before an individual develops symptoms or the virus can be detected. Students should only book a test if they get symptoms.
The NHS has produced some guidance to help parents understand when their child can and cannot attend school which you may find useful: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/is-my-child-too-ill-for-school/
If your child or any member of your household receives a positive test result, please inform the academy as soon as possible by telephone at 0113 273 1964 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. This will allow the academy to quickly take the appropriate action required to keep our academy community safe.
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)
If your child 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 child’s symptoms, or they are worsening you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://111.nhs.uk/ 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/
Guidance for Supporting Clinically Extremely Vulnerable People
The government has issued updated guidance on supporting clinically extremely vulnerable people The key points are that:
- The government will only reintroduce formal shielding advice in the very worst affected local areas and will write to each individual separately if they are advised to shield.
- Clinically extremely vulnerable pupils should continue to attend education settings at all local COVID alert levels unless they are one of the very small number of pupils or students under paediatric or other specialist care and have been advised by their GP or clinician not to attend an education setting.
Where to go for a COVID-19 test?
If you have coronavirus symptoms, you should get tested. All testing sites operate on an appointment only basis.
When booking, you will be shown a list of the nearest places to go for your test.
You can find out up to date details on local testing sites here: https://www.leedsccg.nhs.uk/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-where-to-go-for-testing/
Half-term Guidance from Leeds City Council
We've received up to date guidance from Leeds City Council on how to respond to any potential cases quickly and effectively over the half-term to protect our school community.
If your child develops symptoms over the half-term and tests positive for Covid-19 then please inform us. If your child was in school 2 days prior to developing symptoms, then we have to take urgent action and initiate our Track and Trace procedures and inform other close contacts.
Please see the examples below:
Example 1: Liam develops a temperature on Monday 26th October, is tested on Tuesday and receives the positive result on Wednesday. Because Liam was not in school on Saturday, Sunday or Monday, no-one in your school community would need to self-isolate.
Example 2: Yasmin develops a cough on Saturday 24th October and receives a positive test result on Sunday 25th October. She was in school on Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd October. Any contacts of Yasmin from the school on those days would need to be identified and advised to self-isolate.