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Coronavirus Update

Dear Parents and Carers,

Following the change of advice and action from Government late yesterday afternoon we are sending this information out as early as possible today. Every day we receive an update from the DfE regarding COVID-19 which we are keeping a close eye on, as well as advice and guidance which has been issued by our Trust and at county level.

I am sure you are aware, the rules about the length of time you need to stay at home for have changed. If one person in your family is taken ill with a temperature or a cough, ALL of your family need to stay at home for 14 days.

The school remains open. We have not received any direction to close, indeed yesterday the Prime Minister said clearly that he wants schools to be open. We have the necessary staffing levels to be open at the moment.

The Department for Education and Public Health England have issued updated guidance for education settings on COVID-19.

What you need to know:

  • young people and children should stay at home if they are unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature to avoid spreading infection to others. Otherwise they should attend education or work as normal
  • if young people or children become unwell while they are in school with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature they will be sent home

Information from the NHS  

The information below can be taken found at

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

 

Who should stay at home?

Stay at home if you have either:
 

  • a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
  • a new, continuous cough – this means you've started coughing repeatedly
     

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you are staying at home.

Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you are staying at home.

 

If needing to stay at home, how long is this for?
 

  • if you have symptoms, stay at home for 7 days
  • if you live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms
     

If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days.

If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.

 

How can we avoid catching and spreading coronavirus (social distancing)?
 

Everyone should do what they can to stop coronavirus spreading. It is particularly important for people who:
 

  • are 70 or over
  • have a long-term condition
  • are pregnant
  • have a weakened immune system

 

Do
 

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • always wash your hands when you get home or into work
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
  • avoid close contact with people who have symptoms of coronavirus
  • only travel on public transport if you need to
  • work from home, if you can
  • avoid social activities, such as going to pubs, restaurants, theatres and cinemas
  • avoid events with large groups of people
  • use phone, online services, or apps to contact your GP surgery or other NHS services

 

Don't
 

  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
  • do not have visitors to your home, including friends and family

 

There are a number of meetings and discussions taking place this morning at School, within the Trust and at county level. We will continue to deal with this fast-moving situation by putting the health and well-being of our children, their families and our staff team at the centre of all we do. Schools always have emergency and contingency plans and we are adapting ours in response to information as we receive it. We will proceed calmly with our carefully considered approach to this worrying time. We will be calm round the children and shield them from unnecessary worry and speculation. We will endeavour to keep you informed of any updates and changes as they happen.

We are thankful for the support of parents and carers during these difficult times.

Yours sincerely,

 

Mrs L. Turner

Interim Deputy Headteacher