Broadfield Academy
December 17 2020

Track & Trace Info.

Paula Osborn

NOTIFICATION OF CONFIRMED COVID CASES DURING THE HOLIDAY BREAK 

As we near the end of term and the start of our Christmas Break, I wanted to confirm arrangements for notifying us of a positive Covid-19 test throughout the holiday. 

If your child tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) at any point up to 24th December, please notify us as soon as possible so we can complete the relevant track and trace process with Public Health England, if required, and notify any other children or staff who have been in close contact and who need to self-isolate. 

During the holidays, please contact covidcases@aspireacademies.org.uk this will only be monitored until Christmas Eve, as after this point your child shouldn’t be a close contact of anyone at the school. 

This email address will be monitored by the Aspire Central Team; therefore, we ask that you include your child’s name, year group and which school he/she attends as well as the date of their positive test result. Please do not call the normal absence line, as this will not be monitored during Christmas holidays. 

Remember as soon as your child or any member of your household develops symptoms, they must start self-isolating immediately and book a test, regardless of it being Christmas.  

Main symptoms of coronavirus are:  

• a high temperature  

• a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot, for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours  

• a loss or change to sense of smell or taste – this means they cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal 

If you’re not sure whether symptoms suggest that they have COVID-19 or an everyday cough or cold, you can consult this online NHS symptom checker: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid19/symptoms/ 

Please do not send children back to school in January if any of the following apply:  

• they have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19)  

• they, any members of your household, or any close contacts (including extended family or friends they have seen and bubbles at holiday activities and sports clubs) have tested positive for COVID-19 • they haven’t completed the full 10 day isolation period requested  

You should contact the school’s attendance line as normal to confirm if your child will not be returning to school on the first day back. 

Self-isolating is one of the most important things we can all do to help stop the spread of the virus and protect our loved ones and the vulnerable.  If you or your family are affected by COVID-19 and need support locally with things like shopping, getting medication or financial advice, visit: www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/coronavirus

Although this will be a very unusual Christmas, I hope you get some quality time with family or friends. We look forward to welcoming everyone back to school in January 2021.