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Updated Information on the School’s response to Coronavirus (Covid-19)

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:

  • Vastly increased handwashing/gelling routines & regular reminders, handwashing assembly by the school nursing team
  • Refocusing of cleaning routines on high frequency contact areas throughout the day
  • Contingency planning by senior leaders 

 

Latest Medical Advice            

 

The government have issued the following advice for everyone:

 

  • 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

(for example, if any member of your household, this requires you all to remain in isolation, including all children)

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

 

The symptoms are:           

  • A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)
  • A new, continuous cough
  • You do not need to call NHS 111to go into self-isolation. If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 7 days contact NHS 111 online at 111.nhs.uk.
  • If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.

 

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 

 

  1. to avoid contact where possible to the School office or in school in general; contact by telephone or email and not face to face
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  • Cancelling of after school clubs until further notice (the majority of these are run by external companies and we may not have staff to cover clubs usually run by school staff)
  • Assemblies to be carried out in classes – celebration assembly with parents is cancelled until further notice
  • Year 1 Trip to be postponed until the summer term
  • Postponing any activities to be delivered by external providers ie Gospel choir, police workshops, Ukulele, Guitar
  • Parents meetings cancelled until further notice – the residential meeting will be rearranged, we have had no guidance as of yet regarding whether the residential can go ahead – I will update you as soon as the dfe updates their guidance based on the announcements yesterday.
  • From tomorrow children in Hawthorn and Rowan classes will be collected and dropped off to the KS1 playground by school staff
  • Parents of children in Nursery will be allowed into the cloakroom area outside of the classroom only
  • Swimming will continue until further guidance following instructions from Health and Safety today

 

 

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.

 

Yours sincerely

 

R Dulieu

 

Head Teacher 

 

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