25.09.20 COVID-19 Update

Dear Parents/Carers,

We were notified this week of a member of the College's community who tested positive for COVID-19.  This was the first confirmed case of a St Brendan’s student.  The small number of individuals who had been in direct prolonged contact with the confirmed case have all been contacted and will be staying at home for 14 days (self-isolating).  Any affected areas have been thoroughly cleaned in accordance with Government guidelines.

As a College, we want to ensure that we maximise learning and keep St Brendan’s open.  We want to impress upon our students the importance of adhering to government guidelines including the ‘Rule of 6’.  Whilst we are working hard to ensure students are compliant with distancing measures on site, it is important they maintain these behaviours offsite too.

The NHS Test and Trace has launched the NHS COVID-19 app.  The app has been launched to help control the spread of COVID-19.  It will do this by alerting people who may have been exposed to infection so that they can take action.  The app is available to download on SMART phones for anyone aged 16 or over.  The Government is asking everyone to download this to help control the spread of Coronavirus. 

This useful guide summarises the key points and answers some common questions about how it works: https://www.covid19.nhs.uk/pdf/parents-carers-over16s-factsheet.pdf

Please note downloading the app DOES NOT replace College Covid-19 procedures.  If your daughter/son has any symptoms of Covid-19 (a new continuous cough, high temperature or a loss/change in taste or smell) you must:

• Immediately self-isolate, along with anyone they live with

• Book a test

• They must inform us that they will be self-isolating, and stay at home until they receive their test result

• Let us know as soon as they receive their test result, so that if it is positive we can contact Public Health England for advice, or if it is negative, we can arrange for their return to College

• If they are contacted via the app and told that they need to self-isolate, then they must also stay at home and contact us.


Thank you as ever for your continued support.

Kind regards,