We have had notification today of another single confirmed case of Covid-19 within our school in year 11.     This is unlinked to the previous case. The point of transmission has been identified as a contact outside of our school. Once again the student did not have any of the more classic symptoms of continuous cough, high fever or lack of taste or smell.   The student had a mild irritating sore throat. The student developed the mild symptoms on Tuesday this week and tested positive today. As such, the student was potentially contagious when they were on the school site on Monday 21st September.


This does mean that we are extending the isolation period for Year 11 for another week. This will mean that the isolation period will be extended until Sunday 4th October which is 14 days after the student was last in school.


If your child has any or develops any of these three coronavirus symptoms (high temperature, new continuous cough, loss of or change in sense of smell or taste), NHS guidance is to stay off school and book a test. Your child must self-isolate for 10 days or until they get a get a negative test result.  Contacts of a person with a positive test result must stay off school for 14 days.  This includes siblings at SMRT.


SMRT guidance, which is based on the current research and World Health Organisation symptoms of gastrointestinal symptoms (tummy upset, abdominal cramps, off food, nausea, diarrhoea), sore throat and runny nose, is to stay off school for 10 days from when the symptoms appear.  These symptoms can be symptomatic of Covid-19 in young people and they are all contagious symptoms that will spread illness to other people.  The NHS and government are not currently advising people with these symptoms to get a test because there is a shortage of tests.


Scientific research is increasingly finding that at least a third of school age children that test positive for Covid-19 do not have a continuous cough, high temperature or lack of smell or taste.  Be particularly alert to these clusters of symptoms, especially if combined together (gastrointestinal symptoms, such as cramps, nausea, diarrhoea, sore throat, runny nose, fatigue, headache, skin rash, conjunctivitis).  If your child has multiple symptoms from this cluster, it is very important to seek medical advice and a test if you are able to.  These clusters of symptoms can be very indicative of Covid-19 in children and should not be ignored.


Do remember to let us know the result of any test on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., as soon as you have it.


Do not book a test for your child if they are fit and well as this prevents people with symptoms getting a test.


Other members of your household can continue normal activities provided your child does not develop symptoms within the isolation period.   If you have children in other year groups they may attend school as long as they do not have any symptoms and are completely well.


If your child is well at the end of the 14 day period of self-isolation  then they can return to usual activities and return to school on Monday 5th October.


Learning from Home:

We will continue to maximise the opportunity for effective home learning.

This means that, except for those cases where the teacher is ill, we will be able to continue to deliver an interactive experience for students with face-to-face contact with staff during their normal lesson times.  

If you have any issues which might prevent you from being able to access Microsoft Teams please email the school via the adminhub (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).  If for any reason you do not want your child to take part in live lessons via Microsoft Teams then please email the adminhub (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with the name and tutor group of the student.


Thank you for your support.

Elisabeth Gilpin


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