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General COVID Update

13th November 2020


Dear all


I am so sorry to have to advise you that we have a single confirmed positive case of coronavirus (COVID-19) at Harrison Primary School.


We know that you may find this concerning and wanted to reassure you that this is an isolated case. Please excuse the formal tone of this letter – we are using the Public Health England template provided.


We have consulted with Public Health England (PHE) and the local authority, are following the national guidance and will continue to monitor the situation closely.


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 of the small number of children who have been in close contact with the member of the school community who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) have received a letter informing them that their child must stay at home until 23rd November 2020. This is 14 days from the last contact with the affected member of the school community.

The school remains open and your child should continue to attend as normal if they remain well.

The information below is from PHE and constitutes general advice re COVID 19.


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


Please be assured that I will keep in contact with you.


Yours sincerely




Sara Gmitrowicz                                                      

Executive Head teacher                                         

Harrison Primary School