Dear Parents and Carers,
As a result of the guidance issued by the UK Government on 12th March, we would like to clarify school arrangements in these unusual circumstances.
People are now being asked to stay at home for 7 days if they have either a high temperature (37.8 degrees) or a new continuous cough. Detailed information and advice for the public about what they should do can be found on the NHS.uk website (and will be regularly updated). https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ Washing hands regularly with soap and water is one of the best ways we can prevent spread of the infection.
There is also some new Stay at Home guidance, which can be found here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance
People do not need to phone NHS111 if their symptoms are mild but should do if their symptoms worsen/if they need medical care, or if symptoms do not get better after 7 days. There is also a 111 online service that we would ask you to use in the first instance.
If schools are asked to close in the future (there is no current plan for this) then learning will be facilitated via the website under the 'PARENTS' tab on 'class pages'. In the meantime, children who are isolated at home for whatever reason can access work in the ‘Mr Penn’s Online Classroom’ section. We would like to make it clear that this is for children who are isolated but not ill. To get the best out of these activities, they will need support from an adult. However, we recognise that this is a very uncertain time for everyone. Children and adults are not to feel anxious or worried if they cannot complete work.
Please can we ask that all members of the school community help each other by advising friends and relatives according to the information detailed above. If you are in any doubt about whether to come into school or not, please remain at home and call school on 01789 267015 to discuss your situation. May we also ask you to consider that with the likelihood of children’s absence comes the likelihood of staff absence too. This is likely to affect the smooth running of the school over the following days and weeks.
Thank you for your patience. We will of course endeavour to keep you informed of any significant updates as soon as we are able.
Mr M Penn