Check this page for any letters that we have sent home regarding trips, school clubs or other important notices.
We take advice from the Government and Public Health England as well as the local authority, we have a daily email from the Government about this .
To support the delay of the spread of the virus, the Department for Health and Social Care has asked anyone who shows certain symptoms to stay at home for 7 days, regardless of whether they have travelled to affected areas. This means people should stay at home and avoid all but essential contact with others for 7 days from the point of displaying mild symptoms, to slow the spread of infection. It is important to follow the advice for the whole of the time. If you are following this advice you should not be out in public and should not bring your child to or collect from school or attend any in school events.
The symptoms are:
You do not need to call NHS 111 to stay at home. If your symptoms worsen during your stay at home period 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.
Current advice remains in place: no education or children’s social care setting should close in response to a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England.
The Chief Medical Officer has advised that the impact of closing schools on both children’s education and on the workforce will be substantial, but the benefit to public health may not be. Decisions on future advice to schools will be taken based on the latest and best scientific evidence, which at this stage suggests children are a lower risk group.
Department for Education Coronavirus helpline - this helpline has been set up to answer questions about the virus related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline.
Absences from school
Thank you for keeping us informed via the school office. Please make it clear if your child is off because they are unwell or if you are self isolating them in line with the guidance. If self isolation is the reason, we need to know what symptoms have led you to this decision. These reasons are recorded differently for legal purposes.
Please remember if you are self isolating for 7 days in line with government and PHE guidance, then this is self isolation at home, with no visitors and not leaving the house at all during this time.
Keeping your child off because you are worried about the coronavirus is not an accepted reason for absence, although we fully appreciate that there may be some worry or anxiety in parents and families. Please be honest in your reasons, as we want to be able to track the absences and reasons for absence so we can share these as part of the wider picture if requested.
Use of school toilets
As a precautionary measure, we will not be allowing parents/families to come in and use the school toilets, so please do ensure you take your child, or you use the toilet, before coming to school.
We have asked all children to wash their hands before coming to school, but on checking with them some had not. Please can ALL parents/carers make sure the children wash their hands before coming to school and on returning home.