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COVID-19

We understand that many of you have concerns and questions with regard to Corona Virus (Covid-19) and in order to ensure you have easy access to the information you need in relation to the day to day operation of our school we have created this dedicated page on our website for you to refer to.  This page will be updated whenever there are any changes or updates to share.

Latest School Information

  • At this time there are no confirmed cases of Coronavirus in our school community and the school remains open to all staff, children and families.

  • All school activities, including school trips in this country, will be going ahead as usual.

  • We are not permitting children to bring hand sanitiser into school. The advice is that soap and water is far more effective at getting rid of germs.

Latest Government Information

As reported on 12.03.20, the Government has increased its measures against the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus, in line with its plan to delay any spread.  The additional measures announced at this stage are:

  • Anyone with a persistent cough or high temperature should immediately self-isolate for seven days;

  • Only those admitted to hospital will be tested;

  • From Friday, all school trips abroad will be banned;

  • Older people with pre-existing conditions should avoid going on cruises.

Please click on the links below which will take you directly to the latest government and public health guidelines:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/public-health-england

Attendance

All children are expected to attend school as usual.  Absence for those children who are absent from school for precautionary reasons will be recorded as unauthorised.

Children should not come to school if:

  1. They have a persistent cough or high temperature – they should immediately self-isolate for seven days. 
    If you have specific concerns about your child and symptoms then please contact NHS 111 for advice.

  1. They have had direct contact with someone who has a confirmed case of Coronavirus – they should immediately self-isolate for 14 days.

Actions taken by the school

  • We have significantly reduced contact point activities such as passing items around a class during circle time or sharing artefacts.
  • We will cease hand shaking of children and visitors.
  • We will Cease the use of shared cups in class (e.g. in the café areas in EYFS).

We can reassure you that, as a school, we are taking every precaution to delay the spread of the virus.  These include the following:

  • Specific lessons about hygiene have been taught.

  • A whole school assembly has reinforced the importance of hygiene and has also included a whole school science experiment that demonstrates how much more effective soap and water is compared to hand sanitiser.

  • The hygiene lessons and assemblies have included information on ‘How to wash your hands effectively’ and signs to remind children of this process are visible for children to see in all school toilets.

  • Advice on Coronavirus has been shared with all children at an age appropriate level and posters have been put up around the school.

  • Planned opportunities for children to wash their hands have been increased and children are being encouraged to wash their hands more frequently.

  • Tissues are available in all classrooms and children are asked to blow their nose and/or sneeze into them and dispose of them immediately in the bin after use. (Any donations of boxes of tissues will be gratefully received). 

  • An order has been placed for hand sanitiser to be placed in the school office for use when adults enter the school – there has been a delay on this and we continue to await delivery.

  • We have been working closely with our cleaning contractors to ensure…  They already clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces which includes the daily cleaning of vertical surfaces including ‘touchpoints’ (i.e. light switches, door handles, push plates etc.) and their attention to the cleaning of touchpoints has increased.

  • In addition to this, we have purchased disinfectant wipes that are being used daily to clean ICT equipment such as computer keyboards and iPads.

Thank you for working with us in our efforts to delay the spread of coronavirus- COVID-19.  We understand and share your concerns and urge everyone to avoid joining in speculation that will serve to fuel concern amongst the school community.