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Important letter to Year 8 parents / carers - 27 November 2020

26 Nov 2020

Advice to All Parents - Single case 

Dear Parents & Carers,  

We have been made aware of a member of our school community in our Yr 8 bubble has tested positive for COVID 19.  
We know that you may find this concerning but 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 reassured that for most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness. 
The parents/carers of the small number of children who have been in close contact with the individual who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) will receive a letter informing them that their child must stay at home for 14 days.  

In order to carry out the necessary track and trace processes in school, could the remainder of the Year 8  bubble stay at home on Friday 27 November 2020.  Returning to school on Monday 30 November.

Learning at home whilst self isolating 

It is important that students continue to work at home whilst self isolating.  During this time, teachers will email work to the student’s school email.  In addition, all students have access to a number of online platforms including MyMaths and Read Theory.  Please encourage students who are well to complete all work and to contact their teachers directly for help and support.  Further information can be found on the college website under Remote Learning. 

What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19  

If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they must not come to school and 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 or by calling 119.   

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’. 

Further information is available at:  

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 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, 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. 


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) 

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness. 

If your child does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from the website at If you are concerned about your child’s symptoms, or they are worsening you can seek advice from NHS 111 at 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 

Further information is available at  

Yours sincerely 

Sophie Williams 

Head of School 

Ibstock Community College

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