Friday 20th March
Thank you to everyone who has responded to our email about key workers we have been inundated with ‘key worker’ requests. I am sorry to bombard you with so many emails but the situation in schools is constantly changing minute-by-minute. As you can imagine this is a very difficult process in such a short period of time to organise. I refer you to the following government advice issued earlier today.
There is no expectation that children of key workers have to attend school.
“As a country, we all need to do what we can to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
And the most recent scientific advice on how to further limit the spread of COVID-19 is clear. If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.
That is why the government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.
It is important to underline that schools, colleges and other educational establishments remain safe places for children. But the fewer children making the journey to school, and the fewer children in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society.
Schools are, therefore, being asked to continue to provide care for a limited number of children - children who are vulnerable and children whose parents are critical to the Covid-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home.”
Updated Advice Tuesday 17th March
This page will be updated on a regular basis.
Updated advice Monday 16th March @ 8pm
- If you have symptoms, however mild, stay at home and do not leave your house for 14 days from when the symptoms started. If you have been self-isolating please extend this to meet the 14 days
- THE WHOLE HOUSEHOLD should self-isolate for 14 days.
WE ARE ASKING ALL STUDENTS, PARENT/CARERS AND STAFF TO ADHERE TO THIS ADVICE TO HELP PREVENT ANY POSSIBLE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS WITHIN SCHOOL
As per Government and Public Health England advice our school remains open.
We are however making contingency plans which will be reviewed regularly as the situation develops.
Looking ahead, depending on staffing levels due to new self-isolation advice and or government advice/ directives, we may need to initiate changes.
We are committed to keeping the school open unless the Government indicates otherwise in due course. Please keep an eye on the school website scrolling banner and email for updates.
If there is an extended closure, we would provide guidance on how you can help your child at home.
Monday 16th March
We are taking all sensible precautions to keep our school community as safe as possible. Please do not send your child to school if they show any of the symptoms of the coronavirus e.g. a high temperature (above 37.8) and/or continuous cough, as per Public Health England (PHE) Guidance.
In these instances, please advise the school office that you are following the PHE guidelines and self-isolating your child for a period of 7 days.
You only need to contact the school on the first day of absence and this will be recorded as an authorised absence.
At the moment, in line with government advice, our schools remain open and normal activities continue.
Looking ahead, closure could come from a Central Government decision or from local factors such as staff absence. If there is an extended closure, we would provide guidance on how you can help your child at home.
These are difficult and concerning times so we are asking for your support to keep all members of our community safe and well.