Parent/carer Coronavirus Update 1 – 13th March 2020

Just to update you on the precautions we are taking to ensure we do all we can at this time.

We take advice from the Government and Public Health England as well as the local authority, we have a daily email from the Government about this .

To support the delay of the spread of the virus, the Department for Health and Social Care has asked anyone who shows certain symptoms to stay at home for 7 days, regardless of whether they have travelled to affected areas. This means people should stay at home and avoid all but essential contact with others for 7 days from the point of displaying mild symptoms, to slow the spread of infection. It is important to follow the advice for the whole of the time. If you are following this advice you should not be out in public and should not bring your child to or collect from school or attend any in school events. 

The symptoms are:

  • A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)
  • A new, continuous cough

You do not need to call NHS 111 to stay at home. If your symptoms worsen during your stay at home period or are no better after 7 days contact NHS 111 online at 111.nhs.uk. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.

Current advice remains in place: no education or children’s social care setting should close in response to a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England.

The Chief Medical Officer has advised that the impact of closing schools on both children’s education and on the workforce will be substantial, but the benefit to public health may not be. Decisions on future advice to schools will be taken based on the latest and best scientific evidence, which at this stage suggests children are a lower risk group.

From Monday, the water fountains will not be in use. Please ensure you send your child in with a water bottle, containing water only, EVERY day as this is the way they will access drinking water during the day, with the exception of lunchtime when it will be available in the lunch halls. Please note this will be the responsibility of parents and carers to ensure their children have and bring this.

We are aware that some children have hand sanitiser. Normally we would not allow this, but as these are very unusual circumstances, we think we need to just take a sensible approach. Therefore, if your child wants to bring in a small, shop bought hand sanitiser as an additional measure, then please send it in with their name clearly labelled on it. These will be kept in the classroom to avoid any accidents, and children can use these at given times in the day.

The  most important thing anyone can do to protect themselves is to 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.Public Health England recommends that in addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.

Watch this short NHS film for guidance:

We are being told of some events we were due to participate in being cancelled, so please be aware that this may happen. We will inform you if your child is affected.

If there is staff absence as a result of this, we will have to manage and use the staff we have in the best way we can. Therefore staff may be in different roles or classes to the ones they are usually with, but please understand we will do the best with the staff we do have at any time to maintain government advice of staying open. To reassure you, no staff are currently off for this reason.

We will keep you updated via email, of course, so please do check this daily. There is also information on our website with a quick link at the top. Each email will be added to the website.

Thank you for your support whilst we continue to take a sensible and measured approach to this and all Government advice.