Update from the 11th September 2020:
On the advice of Public Health England we sent a year seven class home on Thursday 10th September as they had been close contacts of a student who had tested positive for COVID-19. Students from 7N are due back in school on Tuesday 22nd September.
We also sent home a group of 13 other students who had been close contacts of this student on a single day during a bus journey. These students have been advised to isolate for a period of 14 days. None of the students that have been sent home have any symptoms of COVID-19.
Update from the 14th September 2020:
Today we were informed of a student in year 9 and one in year 10 who had tested positive for COVID-19. As these year groups are mixed due to curriculum choices the range of students who are potential contacts is wide: the bubble is the entire year group. As such we have sent both year groups home for isolation for 14 days. In addition, we have asked those travelling on the 743 bus to isolate too.
In all our cases thus far, the student in question has been in school while a family member has been at home, unwell. This does NOT follow the protocols. If any member of your family has symptoms you should not send your child into school.
We are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with Public Health England. 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.
At this stage, the school remains open and providing your child remains well they can continue to attend school as normal. We will keep this under review.
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 as advised in https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance.
You should arrange for testing for your child via https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested or 111.nhs.uk or primary care.
All other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. 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. 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 can, 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.
Symptoms of COVID 19
The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:
- new continuous cough and/or
- high temperature
- a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)
For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.
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 is available at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Update from the 17th September 2020
On the 15th September we were notified of another student in Year 9 who tested positive resulting in Year 9 self-isolating. Year 9 is due to return back into school on Tuesday 29th September. Year 10 is due to return back into school on Monday 28th September.
In the evening of the 15th September we were notified that a student in Year 13 tested positive for COVID-19. In light of this, Year 13 were asked to self-isolate with effect from the 16th September. On Wednesday morning we were notified of another positive case in Year 13.
On the 16th September we were notified of a student who tested positive for COVID-19 who travelled to school on Monday 14th September on the Rothwell's R1 double decker. We identified a group of students who may have been close to the student concerned who have been asked to self-isolate.
Update from the 17th September 2020
We were notified in the evening that a Year 11 student tested positive for COVID-19. Year 11 was asked to self-isolate from the 18th September.
Update from the 18th September 2020 from Mr Porteous:
We now have 11 confirmed cases of COVID-19 among our students population in Year 7, 9, 10, 11 and 13. In the year 7 case, due to the fact that they had only been taught as a form group on the day in question, we only isolated that specific form group. In the other cases, due the structure of the year group and the mixing across the cohort in different subjects, we isolated the whole year group. I fully understand the inconvenience and difficulty that this has caused you, and the upset to your children so early in the school year. My priority throughout the last two weeks has been the safety of our students and staff, and seeking to prevent further spread of the virus in the school community.
Some of the cases are clearly connected to previous cases in the same year group or on the same bus. Others appear to have come from outside the school. We are rigorously maintaining our “bubble” system to ensure that different year groups do not come into contact with each other during the school day, but students are inevitably mixing on school transport and we have asked them to try to sit with their year group and to sit in a consistent place each day. Students are generally complying with this, and this has helped us minimise the impact of new cases this week who have travelled on different buses. Please encourage your child to wear a face covering on the bus – this will really help to reduce the chance of infection further.
Our planning and systems in school are under review constantly, and we are actively looking at ways in which we might be able to restructure our arrangements to reduce the need to isolate whole year groups if we possibly can.
Update on the 20th September 2020
We were notified today of a student who tested positive for COVID-19 who travelled to school on Monday 14th and Tuesday 15th September on the top deck of the double decker 883 bus to Burnley. If your child travelled on the top deck of the double decker 883 bus on Monday and Tuesday, please contact the school via the email@example.com email address, indicating where they were sitting.
Update on the 21st September 2020
Over the weekend we were notified of three additional students in Year 13 who have tested positive for COVID-19. As the students concerned were all in school until Tuesday 15th September, we are extending the period for which Year 13 will need to self-isolate until Tuesday 29th September. Students will return to school on Wednesday 30th September. We are sorry for the inconvenience and disruption that this will cause you.
Please remember, if your child or any member of your family has any symptoms of COVID-19, has applied for a test, or has tested positive, please do not send them to school.
Update on the 22nd September 2020
Return dates after self-isolation:
Year 9 back in school on Tuesday 29th September
Year 10 back in school on Monday 28th September
Year 11 back in school on Wednesday 30th September
Year 13 back in college on Wednesday 30th September
743 Bus - students self-isolating from this bus are due back in school on Wednesday 23rd September
999 Bus - students self-isolating from this bus are due back in school on Wednesday 30th September
Rothwells Single Decker Bus - students self-isolating from this bus are due back in school on Wednesday 30th September
833 Bus - students self-isolating from this bus are due back in school on Wednesday 30th September
Update on the 7th October 2020
On the evening of the 6th October we were notified of positive case in Year 9. Students identified as close contacts and who have received a formal letter from BRGS will be self-isolating and will return to school on Tuesday 20th October. The majority of Year 9 (those not identified as close contacts) will return to BRGS on Friday 9th October.
Update on the 12th October 2020
School was notified of an additional positive case in Year 13 and another in Year 9. A number of Year 13 students identified as close contacts have been asked to self-isolate and contacts in Year 9 have been asked to self-isolate too. Due to a positive case in Year 11, the whole year group has been isolated while tracing work is undertaken due to late notification on Sunday. Students travelling in a specific area of the 999 bus have also been asked to isolate.
At the end of the 12th October we had been notified of two further cases during the day - one in Year 10 and another in Year 13.
Update on the 13th October 2020
School was notified of a positive case in Year 7. Close contacts have been notified and asked to self-isolate.