Dear Parents and Carers,
I would like to update you on the school’s plans going forward regarding Coronavirus in light of the announcements made yesterday by the Government.
I realise that this is an extremely worrying time for everyone so I wanted to reassure you that the school are putting in all possible measures to protect the children and staff at St Mary’s Fields Primary School. The school will remain open until we are directed otherwise by Public Health England or if we were to have staff shortages due to the new self-isolation guidelines.
What we have been doing in school
We have been doing a number of things to help reduce the spread of coronavirus in school and this has included:
Latest Medical Advice
The government have issued the following advice for everyone:
(for example, if any member of your household, this requires you all to remain in isolation, including all children)
The symptoms are:
If you or your child are displaying the symptoms above, please follow the advice and do not come into school for 14 days from the point of displaying symptoms. Please call the school office and inform them of the reasons.
If you, your child or someone you come into contact with has an underlying health condition that may be affected, please take medical advice on how best to manage contact.
Changes to School Activities
Following announcements made last night, the school has decided to take the following preventative measures to stop the spread of germs and
Potential School Closures
At the moment the Government has made it clear that they do not intend to order the closure of schools. However, with the change to directing families to self-isolate for 14 days as detailed in the section above, we may in a position whereby we do not have enough staff in school to run it safely. In the event of this happening closing will be a last resort and our intention is to support you in continuing with your work commitments and the children’s learning for as long as is practicable. In the event of the school closing, we will inform you via our usual communication.
The school currently has a number of staff that are following Government guidelines and self-isolating, this includes myself after developing a raised temperature late yesterday. There are no confirmed cases of the virus at the school.
I will be keeping in touch with school staff frequently throughout the next 14 days and Mrs Nott will continue to ensure the smooth running of the school.
Continuing Learning in the Event of School Closure/Self isolation
In the event of school closure or if your family is self-isolating, a weekly activities sheet will be added to the school website for each year group from this Thursday and will be updated weekly. This will detail work that the children can complete when they are not at school. The website can be accessed from any device ie phone, tablet. Year groups may add links to websites/powerpoints that the children can access and every child in Years 2-6 has a Times Table Rockstars login that can be accessed from home. If you do not have access to the school website, please ensure that the office are aware so that we can provide you with an alternative.
I hope that you will be supportive of the actions taken in this difficult period. We will continue to closely monitor developments and advice and update you as quickly as possible with any further information.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to speak to the office or Mrs Nott.