We have had notification today of a separate single confirmed case of Covid-19 within St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School in year 11. This is completely unconnected with the previous case in year 11. The point of transmission has been identified as a contact outside of our school. The student only had a mild sore throat. They did not have any of the more classic symptoms of continuous cough, high fever or lack of taste or smell. Thankfully the student did get a test. We are very grateful to them for doing this as this has reduced the risk of ongoing transmission.

All students in year 11 may have been in close contact on Monday 21st September therefore all year 11 students need to remain away from school for next week and self-isolate until Sunday 4th October which is 14 days after the student was last in school.

Because we have been careful to establish separate bubbles all the other students in other years can continue to attend school. This includes siblings of year 11 students as long as they are completely well and have no symptoms of any kind.

We want to continue to be cautious and alert to other possible cases. Symptoms are often milder in young people as was the case with this student. I have updated our guidance which is top of our latest notices section of the website. I have also explained more of the science behind the range of symptoms that are emerging and quoted the relevant wider research in the newsletter. I do feel strongly that parents and carers have a right to be fully informed so that you can keep your families and the school community Covid-19 free. I am so very grateful for the backing you are giving the school. It is brilliant to be at the centre of such a supportive community.

 

If your child becomes unwell with any of the symptoms we have listed in our guidance: Continuous cough, fever, lack of smell or taste, tummy upset, sore throat, runny nose please do get a test. The first three symptoms are the only ones that the NHS website normally responds to. Do let the school know the outcome of the test by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Do not get a test if your child is well as there is a shortage of tests and well people do not need to get tests.

Thank you for your support.

Elisabeth Gilpin

Headteacher

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