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URGENT INFORMATION. Positive case in Nursery.

Date: 23/10/2020


CLOSE CONTACTS OF COVID 19 at Dovecote Primary School

Advice for Child to Self-Isolate for 14 Days

Dear Parent,

We have been advised today 23/10/20, by Public Health England, that there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the school.

We have followed the national guidance and have identified that your children may have been in close contact with the affected staff member. In line with the national guidance, we recommend that your child now stays at home and self-isolates until 30th October 2020 (14 days from 16/10/20).

We are asking you to do this to reduce the further spread of COVID 19 to others in the community.

If your child is well at the end of the 14 days period of self-isolation, then they can return to usual activities.

Other members of your household can continue normal activities provided your child does not develop symptoms within the 14 day self-isolation period.

Please see the link to: Guidance for contacts of people with confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection who do not live with the person


What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19

If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they 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 https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test 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’.

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, you should 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

Please see the link to the PHE ‘Stay at Home’ Guidance: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection


Symptoms of COVID 19

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

· new continuous cough and/or

· high temperature and/or

· a loss of, or change in, 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 NHS 111 at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/ 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 https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/


Yours sincerely

Ruth Guy-Clark
Dovecote Headteacher

Headteacher update (19/10/2020)

Dear Parents/Carers,

                                     This first half term has certainly flown by. It has been brilliant to see the children being excited about returning to school and settling in so well with the different routines. Thank you for being supportive and understanding regarding the new rules and times that we’ve had to put in place.  With the pupils moving classes after half term, there will be a few changes again. Please be patient as we get used to this again. Can we also ask that those of you coming by car, park safely and legally when dropping off. It’s very worrying at the moment as some of the parking poses a danger to people crossing the roads and walking on the pavements. We would encourage as many of you as possible to walk to school for health and environmental reasons.

                                     We are very pleased that we have had no positive cases of Covid in pupils or staff. Some pupils have had to self-isolate. When this happens there is work to complete on the website. If your child has to self-isolate then a member of staff will contact you to explain where the work is and how you can send it in. The work is linked to the learning happening in school. If a whole bubble was to close we would send out information around remote learning to everyone in the bubble.  The website is continually being updated and will contain newsletters and information about staff by the end of the first week back.

                                   As I’m sure you realise, the majority of children in school are now behind in their learning due to time out of school during lockdown. They are working hard to catch up and we are putting things in place to support them in school. After half term, Mr. Dan Rogers will be working in school again supporting in Years 2 – 6.

                                   We hope that during half-term everyone will follow the Tier 2 rules and that we will see infection rates in the City fall. Enjoy the break and as I always say to the pupils, “If you can be anything in the world, be kind.”


Keep Safe,

Ruth Guy-Clark


November Arrangements


Welcome to Dovecote Primary & Nursery School

I am delighted to welcome you to our school website. We hope you find it useful, informative and interesting. The pupils, staff, governors and parents are rightly proud of the school and the exciting opportunities that we offer. Our school motto is ‘Children First’ and we place that at the heart of all the decisions we make.

Our aim is that, ‘By believing in ourselves and working together, we will strive to achieve our full potential in body, mind, heart and spirit.’ As you look around the site you will see examples of some of the activities that contribute to this. 

You will be able to find out about Lab_13, our In Harmony project, the Secret Garden, Spanish, ICT, sports activities, after school activities, visits & residentials, and much more.

Enjoy exploring the site and getting a flavour of all the great things that happen at Dovecote.

Dovecote is at the heart of its community and we see your child’s education very much as a partnership. We want to involve families from before the start of nursery to the tearful farewell at the end of year 6 (and even then they come back!). We look forward to seeing you at parents’ meetings, assemblies, concerts, open days, school fairs, and many other events.

On the website, we have tried to include all the practical information that you could want to know about our school. If you have a question that is not answered, please get in touch and we will get back to you.


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