Coronavirus update Monday 23rd March 2020

Dear Parents/Carers

In an effort to keep you informed and up-to-date regarding the Coronavirus, we have provided the following information for you.

How is the school keeping my son or daughter safe?

We are strictly following Public Health England guidance. We receive daily updates from Public Health and the DfE. There is a national shortage of hand gels but washing with soap and water is still the most effective method. Our children and young people have also been told to/ are supported to try to keep their hands away from their face and mouth.

We are talking regularly to our cleaning company to ensure areas such as door handles are cleaned daily.

What do I do if my son or daughter is ill?

If your child or anyone in your household have either of the two symptoms, persistent cough or a high temperature of 37.8 or above, you will all need to self-isolate for 14 days.

Do not phone NHS111 if you are able to manage their symptoms at home. If your child becomes more unwell, call NHS111 for advice.

You do not need to keep your child off if they are not showing these symptoms unless otherwise advised by your GP or NHS111.

What do I do if my son or daughter has an underlying medical condition?

Contact your GP or NHS111 for specific guidance and keep us informed.

What will happen if the school has to close?

The current guidance is that schools should not close unless specifically told to do so by Public Health England. The Prime Minister said to close now would be more unsafe and therefore we are remaining open. Should we be told to close, we will communicate directly with you about what is happening and the support available to help your child’s continued learning. We have plans in place should a deep clean be necessary. We also have a plan regarding how we will support families entitled to free school meals.

How can I support my son or daughter?

  • By providing reassurance -it appears that people under the age of 20 are not as significantly affected by the virus as older people.
  • Encourage everyone to properly follow hand washing and personal hygiene precautions, especially when entering the home and before eating anything.
  • Make sure we have the most up to date contact details for you and your son or daughter.
  • Stay up-to-date with the official Public Health England guidance.
  • Call the DfE helpline which has been set up specifically for schools if you would like more information:

Phone: 0800 046 8687

Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk

Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

  • We would recommend only checking in with what is happening once a day and from an official source. Unfortunately, social media can offer a lot of speculation and many incorrect facts and this is not helpful.

More information about the coronavirus can be found on the Public Health England (PHE) website at https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/public-health-england

This is being updated continuously. Information for those returning from travel or visitors arriving in the UK from certain overseas locations, with or without symptoms, can also be found on the PHE website.

I understand that this is an uncertain time but please be assured that we will be doing everything possible to keep your child safe and you well informed.

Kind regards,

Julie Jeanes
Executive Headteacher

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