Latest advice re Corona Virus - Parent letter 17th March 2020
17th March 2020
Dear parents and carers
Apologies for the unusually long letter I want to provide you with as much up to date information as possible and let you know what we are doing in school in response to government advice. The government advice around responding to the Corona virus is rapidly changing and we will continue to keep you updated. This letter covers:
What to do if you choose as a household to self-isolate
What we are doing as a school in response to the social distancing guidance
What will happen in the event of the school having to close.
1.What to do if you choose as a household to self-isolate.
At present schools are to stay open however any households where a person has
a fever (temperature 38.5 or higher)
a new continuous cough
Should self-isolate for 14 days.
If you have chosen to self-isolate as a household then your child will not be allowed to return to school until 14 days have passed.
Any families self-isolating please let school know. We will apply a special absence code to ensure no fines will be issued and your child’s attendance figure will not be affected.
try to keep at least 2 metres (3 steps) from other people in your home, particularly people over 70, or those with long-term health conditions
ask friends, family and delivery services to deliver things like food shopping and medicines but leave them outside
sleep alone, if possible
regularly wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds
drink plenty of water and take everyday painkillers, such as paracetamol and ibuprofen, to help with your symptoms
do not have visitors (ask people to leave deliveries outside)
do not leave your home, for example to go for a walk, to school or to public places.
2. What we are doing as a school in response to the social distancing guidance
Social Distancing means:
Avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough;
Avoid non-essential use of public transport, varying your travel times to avoid rush hour, when possible;
Avoid large gatherings, and gatherings in smaller public spaces such as pubs, cinemas, restaurants, theatres, bars, clubs
Avoid gatherings with friends and family. Keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media.
Use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services.
Everyone should be trying to follow these measures as much as possible.
As a school we are:
Cancelling all assemblies and non-core business visitors coming into school. This includes parent teacher meetings.
Cancelling swimming lessons and any trips out of school until further notice.
Cancelling school events e.g. Easter Disco.
Bringing children straight into school in the mornings from 8:40am to avoid gatherings on the playground and encouraging children and parents to leave promptly at the end of the day.
Staggering break and lunchtimes to limit the number of children on the playground.
Limiting the number of classes in the dining hall and some children will eat lunches in the classrooms.
Cancelling any outside after school clubs – our in house after school club will continue.
EYFS are staying in their classroom and separate playground – eating their lunches in the classroom.
Teaching children what social distancing and self-isolation means and encouraging regular hand washing sessions throughout the day.
This advice is likely to be in place for some weeks.
We will continue to operate for as long as staffing remains safe for us to do so or until the government announce they are closing schools. We may have to close for certain year groups whilst remaining open for others if we have to close for staffing issues.
3.What will happen in the event of the school having to close.
In the event that the school has to close, all communication and on-line learning will be via the School website and School Gateway App. For each year group lesson information and activities for projects to do at home will be uploaded by staff. We are working as a staff to prepare a list of resources and links to be accessed via the website. We will not be sending packs of work home as this is could increase transmission of the virus through touch.
Any families concerned about how they will feed their children without breakfast club and free school meals in the event of school closure or self-isolation please contact us now so that we can support you in the short term.
Please try to remain calm during this difficult time and help one another where possible.