Dear Parents & Carers,

I am writing to inform you of a positive case of COVID-19 that we have had at our Milestone@DPA (Dartford Primary Academy) site involving a member of staff.  From the information that we have received, we believe the transmission was external to school.

We appreciate that you may find this news concerning but please be assured we have taken steps to act quickly to reduce the risk of cross transmission within the academy and we are in contact with Public Health England to monitor the situation. This letter is, therefore, to inform you of the current situation and provide advice on how to support your child should they have any questions or concerns.

At the time of writing, we have yet to hear back from Public Health England; as you can well imagine, they have a high volume of calls at present.  Nonetheless, we wanted to get this letter to you based on our experience so far of Covid cases.  Should the advice contained in this letter change, we will update you

As your child is not on the same site as the affected bubble, they DO NOT need to self-isolate at the present time. In line with guidance from Public Health England we will be deep cleaning all affected classrooms and communal areas of the unit.

We have asked that all children and staff in the bubble self-isolate for the next 14 days as a precautionary step to prevent them from passing it on to anyone else in the school should they become infectious at a later date.

Whilst we await further advice from Public Health England, in line with advice received to date, the school will continue to operate as normal in line with our COVID secure guidelines. We will, however, be reminding all members of the school community that they should continue to monitor for any new COVID like symptoms (no matter how trivial) they may develop.

We appreciate that as a parent you may have a number of questions at this stage and therefore we have put together the following FAQ to help address them.  If, once you have read these questions you have any additional comments or questions, please feel free to contact the academy by email and we will respond to your query as soon as possible.

I would like to kindly ask all parents, carers and family members to avoid discussing this case on social media or via Whatsapp groups as this can often create misinformation and increase anxiety unnecessarily.  Please be assured that we will contact parents should any aspect of this situation change and therefore you can rely on the academy for any official news.

Yours sincerely

 

Nigel Jones | Principal