Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
Families will be aware that the school has been careful to follow the guidance from Public Health England (PHE) and the Department for Education with regards to steps we should take in response to the current Coronavirus outbreak, and this has predominantly focused on hygiene and public awareness measures.
Following announcements from the Government yesterday, the existing advice remains the same: that there is no need for schools to close, and that staff or pupils returning from certain overseas countries and those who have been in contact with confirmed cases, should self-isolate.
The new guidance is that anyone displaying symptoms consistent with Coronavirus (COVID-19) should self-isolate for seven days. Symptoms are:
- A high temperature
- A new, continuous cough
If someone in your household is showing symptoms as above, you and any other family members who live with you should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms. Further information can be found at the NHS 111 website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/.
We ask families to follow the advice given by the Government and Public Health England. If we send your child home from school with either a high temperature or a continuous cough then you will need to keep them at home for seven days.
Further information can be found on the Government website: https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response.
What else is the school doing to minimise the risk?
In line with advice, we have also taken the following actions:
- Increased cleaning of the school, especially in areas which are touched often.
- Children are taken by the class teacher to wash their hands regularly throughout the day. Tissues and anti-bacterial hand gel are available in classrooms and office areas.
- Daily class worship will be held instead of whole-school collective worship.
- Lunchtime will be staggered to reduce the number of children in the school hall at one time.
- Only essential meetings or training will take place.
The following events have been cancelled, until further notice:
- Parents’ Evening – this will be rearranged as soon as possible
- Year 3 swimming lessons
- PTA Events
- Class assemblies and performances – these will also be rescheduled
What happens if the school closes?
The school remains committed to providing the best possible education for all of our pupils. We will continue to operate as normally as possible, but please bear with us if this has to change in the coming days or weeks.
This week, all children (Nursery-Year 6) will receive home-learning packs to be completed in the event of school closure. There will also be additional content on the school website for the children to access whilst the school remains closed. Children who are already self-isolating will have their pack posted to them.
During this uncertain time, the school will continue to provide updates via text, email and the school website. Please see the School Office to update your communication information, if your details have recently changed.