17 March 2020
COVID – 19 Update 17 March 2020
We are continuing to follow advice shared by the Department for Education and Public Health England as the threat of COVID – 19 virus continues to develop.
To date we have communicated with the children daily around key actions and we now have a number of parents choosing to self-isolate their children. However, the current guidance to schools is to remain open.
I ask parents to continue to support our Academy by following the actions below:
Stay at home if you have either:
- a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
- a new, continuous cough – this means you’ve started coughing repeatedly
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home.
Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you’re staying at home.
How long to stay at home
- if you have symptoms, stay at home for 7 days
- if you live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms
If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days. If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.
- Any family that suspects they have come into contact with a person infected with COVID – 19 must report this to school via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
- All families must continue to follow the positive hygiene guidance http://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response
- Communicate any travel concerns / plans with the school e.g. return from a foreign country.
Although the government made the decision yesterday to keep schools open for now, we are aware that there may be a possibility of school closure at some point. Class Teachers have prepared home learning packs in addition to suggested online resources (Purple Mash and Times Table Rock Stars). Home learning packs will be explained to the children today, along with reminders as to how to access the online resources. We will post a direct link to these resources on the front page of our Academy website today.
Year group teams have written ‘year group specific’ guidance for parents, this will be sent out to parents today. Please ensure that should you choose to self-isolate (or you are already doing so) that you collect a home learning pack for your child to complete at home. As part of the parent guidance, year group teams have provided a suggested timetable of activities for parents to follow. We are currently working alongside our IT provider to set up year group e-mail addresses so that teachers can communicate directly with parents to share home learning tasks should the situation continue over an extended period of time.
Can I take this opportunity to reassure parents that we are taking all recommended precautions with regard to the virus and hope that you will support us to ensure our Academy is kept as safe as possible.
Mrs R Harrison