In light of the change in government advice, I thought it best to send out a letter regarding the Coronavirus outbreak. We are keeping abreast of latest advice and trying to interpret what it means for our school community.
Yesterday, the government released new ‘Stay at Home’ guidance, which you can find using the link below.
The key message of this guidance states that if you, or your child, displays the symptoms of COVID-19 (new, continuous cough and/or high temperature) then they should stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms started. There will be no testing as such and people are being advised to contact NHS 111 if symptoms become unmanageable.
In terms of school, we are to remain open and this is what we will try to do. If we are concerned that your child is developing a new, persistent cough, we will contact you to ask you to collect your child. We then ask you to follow the 7-day guidance on staying at home. If your child is not showing the symptoms set out in government advice, then they should continue to come to school. We continue to encourage our children to wash their hands regularly and thoroughly with soap and water.
A challenge we may face is the level of staffing we have in school. I am pleased to let you know that at the moment, we are all fit and well, however, I would like to stress that should our level of staffing reduce, this may lead to partial school closure. This is not the case at present, and I will inform you if this changes. I would ask you work with us and be prepared should this have to happen.
We may also have to make the decision to postpone school events. Again, we have no plans to do so at this time, but should this happen I will let you know. Please be vigilant and check your emails, the news page on the school website and children’s bags for school letters, as this is where this information will get to you.
If you have any queries, please ring the school. Many thanks for your continued support,
Mrs SM Penney