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Corona virus information

March 17th, 2020

 

 

Dear Parent/Carer

We are all living in extraordinary times, with the impact of the coronavirus affecting every one of us, both at home and in school. We are doing all we can to ensure that everybody is safe; that school remains open and we have taken various measures to reduce risks to pupils and staff, which include;

  • Following yesterday’s Government advice, as from this morning, we have stopped all educational visits, after school activities and activities outside of school, where we may come into contact with the public.
  • Stopping all Annual Review meetings indefinitely.
  • Restricting meetings and visitors to school.
  • Instructing staff and parents to remain at home if they have a continuous cough or a high temperature, which is for children is above 380 and adults above 37.80
  • There are currently 21 (11%)staff absent from school due to illness, self-isolation and being sent home by me for concerns about their vulnerability and today 45 (18%) pupils absent.
  • Staff are preparing activities for pupils to follow at home, if school needs to close.
  • Rigourous attention to handwashing by all occupants; increased hand sanitizers and cleaning of frequently touched surfaces.
  • Isolating and sending pupils and staff home, if they have a continuous cough or high temperature.
  • All our parent liaison officers are working from home and will not do home visits or attend meetings, but they will support parents via the phone.

It goes without saying do not send a child into school with a high temperature or continuous cough. Unfortunately our staffing is reduced at the moment and this situation will probably remain for sometime.

New guidance for households with symptoms

Yesterday, the Government introduced new guidance on whole household isolation in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak:

·         if you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started

·         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

·         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.

The symptoms are:

·         A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)

·         A new, continuous cough

The full stay at home guidance for households with these symptoms can be found here:

·         https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance

As you will appreciate this is a difficult time for schools and I am grateful for the support parents and carers continue to give us.I will continue to communicate with parents either by email or text messages.

Jonathan Tearle, Executive Headteacher