Corona Virus Update
As you are aware, following the Prime Minister’s statement yesterday, we continue to be advised to keep school open at the present time. We are receiving daily updates from the DfE, the Local Authority and Public Health England and are following the advice they give.
We would like to share with you some of the measures we have put in place at this present time to ensure that we keep the children safe and well in school:
- Since last week we have increased the frequency of our cleaning routine in school – ensuring that we undertake additional cleaning of ‘high touch’ surfaces in school– for example, computer keyboards & on/off switches, light switches, door handles, taps, toilet areas etc.
- We are instructing any essential visitors to school to wash their hands before entering and leaving the premises
- Staff and children are being told to wash their hands on arrival and leaving of school premises and during the day particularly before snack times, lunchtime and after going to the toilet
- Children are being spoken to collectively on a daily basis in their classroom about health and hygiene – we are encouraging them to cover their mouth if they cough or sneeze and wash their hands afterwards, to always use handwash and wash their hands regularly throughout the day, to be safe and sensible in the lunchroom etc.
- We have handwash and soap in all classrooms and toilet areas throughout school, and these are checked regularly to ensure children always have access to them
In addition to the above, we have, in the last 24 hours, decided to implement the following measures:
- Whole school assemblies have been cancelled for the foreseeable future – this includes Shine Assemblies
- All after school clubs currently running have been cancelled until further notice
- Unfortunately, the planned Mother’s Day events have been postponed – we will reschedule these hopefully in the Summer term
- Any sporting events, visits out of school or visitors into school have been cancelled until further notice
Breakfast Club will remain open to support those families who use it on a daily basis. To date, I have not been made aware that Learning Ladder have made any changes to their current provision.
In the Event of a School Closure:
As a Senior Leadership team, we have been working on a school contingency plan to ensure that we have a very clear plan in place in the event that we have to close. We will share further information about our plan should we have to close, but we are intending to implement the following:
- Senior Leaders have looked at those children who may currently have, or have previously had, involvement from school and external partners linked to SEND or Safeguarding reasons. We have a plan in place to keep in regular contact with these families and offer support where needed
- Staff are currently preparing learning to be made available to children to undertake should we have to close. It is our intention as much as possible to provide this online through our school website and our online platform. Children will be set age appropriate theme activities, as well as core tasks of reading, spelling and maths learning. If you anticipate you might find it difficult to access materials online, please contact the school office as soon as possible so that we can make alternative arrangements where needed
- We are exploring what we can do to support our families who are in receipt of Free School Meals and may need support in the event of a closure. It appears that there is very little out there currently in terms of support, and we have decided to look at what we can do ourselves as a school community to support our families. If you know of any local foodbanks that may be able to support us, or if you have any ‘long-life’ food products or toiletries that you may be able to donate to school, we would really appreciate this. We will have a box in the office for you to drop any donations off in, and we thank you in advance for your support
- Staff are looking at when school may be open as a contact point for families in regards to the above points during full school closure
Latest Health Advice:
- If your child develops a sudden, persistent cough or a high temperature (above 37.5 degrees) then you, as a parent, will need to make the decision to isolate them. It is important that you make the distinction between the symptoms listed above and the normal coughs and colds, sore throats and runny noses.
- If your child develops a sudden, persistent cough or a high temperature, you will need to inform school immediately and school will do the same if your child develops these symptoms during the day.
- The absence will be recorded as an exceptional circumstance and will not affect your child’s attendance record.
- If you live with others and you or one of them 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.
Please visit the link below for full details on the ‘stay at home guidance’.
We know that we are facing uncertain times, experiencing a situation that is new to us all. We will continue to keep you fully informed of the situation and will communicate any updates we receive to you via Parent mail and on the school website.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support of our school.