Covid 19 (Coronavirus). Following on from the Prime Minister’s recent guidance I would like to update you on our current planning as a school around the spread of Coronavirus. We receive regular updates from the DfE and Public Health England.
Since Friday, if anyone has symptoms of the coronavirus infection (COVID-19), however mild, the government advice is to stay at home and not leave the house for seven days from when the symptoms started. This action will help protect others in your community while you are infectious. The symptoms are said to be:
· A new continuous cough
· A fever (temperature over 37.8c)
If your son or daughter displays any of these symptoms please follow this guidance and keep your child at home so that we can work together to try to stem any further spread of the virus. If your child does display these symptoms we would be grateful if you could let us know as soon as possible so that we can be certain that we can take appropriate advice.
The government advice is to stay at least two metres (about three steps) away from other people in your home whenever possible and stay away from vulnerable individuals such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions as much as possible. And you should of course continue to wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water.
In school we are expecting pupils and staff to wash hands regularly and use hand sanitiser where appropriate. Please support us in this by telling your son or daughter that we need to do this to help the wider community.
It is my sincere wish that we can keep open and we will try to do this even with potential staff absences. However, there may come a tipping point if we have high staff absence. If staff display symptoms they will have no choice but to follow the Government guidance. This means they would have to self-isolate for 7 days to see if their symptoms develop. If a lot of staff are in this position then we would have to consider whether we have sufficient staff to keep the site open. If we have insufficient staff to do this then it may necessary for school to close. This is not a decision that we would take lightly but we do know that you share our view that ‘keeping children safe’ is the priority. We are also working on ways we can get school work to pupils if we do have to close.