16 June 2021 - CCC COVID ALERT

As noted in last week's mailout, Cumbria County Council have been monitoring increasing school outbreaks of Covid-19. This evening they have sent schools a detailed update.

As of today they have advised that 47 settings are in incident (one confirmed case) or outbreak (two or more confirmed cases) status. In some of these cases, entire schools are now back to remote learning.

In light of this, they have issued the attached letter to all parents of school-aged children along with a quick guide as a reminder of what to do if someone has symptoms will be linked separately.

They have also released updated guidance to schools relating to end of year sports, transition and leaver's events. We will consider what this means for current plans and provide further information on these in Friday's newsletter.

The letter mentions regular lateral flow testing for over 12's as an important measure in controlling the asymptomatic spread.

We will soon be able to distribute packs of LFD tests direct to parents from school after confirming this with the local NHS group distributing them earlier today. More details to follow on Friday, but this will involve online ordering of tests to be sent home with eldest child(ren), rather than having to make a trip to the airport to collect them!

For now, please maintain an increased awareness for possible symptoms and take appropriate measures to reduce potential contact by following the current guidance (i.e rule of six, masks as necessary, handwashing, avoid unnecessary travel and mixing)

Hopefully, this will pass. :-(


Updates on COVID-19:


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The importance of hygiene

Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19. Please help us in sharing simple and effective hand hygiene messages.

Make sure you and your children follow these general principles to prevent spreading any respiratory virus:

  • Wash your hands often – with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or an alcohol-based sanitiser if soap and water aren’t available
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • If you feel unwell, stay at home and don’t attend work or school
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home
  • If you’re worried about your symptoms, please call NHS 111 – don’t go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment

Symptoms to look out for


The main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are:
  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
If you have any of these symptoms, get a PCR test (test that is sent to a lab) to check if you have coronavirus and stay at home until you get your result.
About 1 in 3 people with coronavirus do not have symptoms but can still infect others. This is why everyone is advised to get tested regularly.