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Coronavirus update 18.032020

18th March 2020

Update for families- RE: Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

The government is still in the 'delay’ phase of its contingency planning. This action is intended to slow the spread of the virus in order to ensure that the National Health Service (NHS) is able to cope with the increased demand on its services. 

Our number one priority as a school, is to ensure the safety of every member of our learning community. The following preventative actions will be taken from Wednesday 18th March to protect the health and safety of our staff and children. These measures will be reviewed daily and will remain in place for as long as necessary, and will follow Government guidelines, which will be reviewed regularly and rigorously.

  •  All trips and visits planned for before Easter have been cancelled or postponed
  • Trips planned for after Easter are going ahead and we will reassess these nearer the time
  • Whole school Collective Worship has been cancelled for the remainder of this half term
  • Any school productions and/or performances have been postponed
  • After school clubs have cancelled with immediate effect
  • Parents' evenings will be postponed
  • The Specialist Provision section of school has closed and Outreach support will be provided remotely to schools and parents

 

Our school continues to follow advice given by Public Health England and the Department of Education. We advise families to continue to use this as a source of advice, as this is updated on a regular basis.

https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

The guidance remains the same for families:

  • If you live with others and you or another member of the household have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members 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. It is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community

 The symptoms are:

  •  A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)
  •  A new, continuous cough
  • for anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14-day isolation period.

Parents/carers are asked to inform the school if your child is self isolating and this will be recorded as 'exceptional circumstances' and will not affect your child's attendance record. 

Home Learning

All children should have a home learning pack now. If you have not got one for your child, please contact the office.

We would advise setting up a routine for school work as soon as possible to avoid boredom once the novelty of being at home has worn off. Include active breaks, outdoors if that is possible to do without coming into contact with others. Fresh air is not only good for physical but also mental well-being. There are videos for keeping children active online, such as ‘5 Minute Move’ with Joe Wicks.

If you have any questions, or queries then please do contact us or a member of our team in school. Our number one priority is to keep your child safe and we would like to thank all parents/carers for your support for our school community in these unprecedented times. We will keep you regularly updated of any further changes.