Letter from Mrs Jackson

12th March 2020

Dear parents and carers,

Cases of coronavirus are predicted to increase. This means the likelihood of a pupil or member of staff testing positive or being in contact with a confirmed case and being advised to self-isolate is increasing.

I would like to reassure you that the health and wellbeing of students and staff is our top priority. Please note that

· The current situation is that if there is a confirmed case at school then Public Health England will advise us on the appropriate and proportionate steps to take.

· Where a pupil or staff member is self-isolating due to contact with a confirmed case the current national advice is that schools should remain open.

· We are not aware of any cases that affect our school community currently.

However, students must not come into school if they have any of the following symptoms:

· Fever

· Dry cough

· Shortness of breath

Government advice is to self-isolate for seven days.

If any of these symptoms are present, or you are worried in any way that you or your child may have contracted coronavirus, you should contact NHS 111 immediately to seek advice. Please then notify the school about any actions you have been asked to take.

In addition to these actions, we will put in place a number of measures with the students This includes briefing them in assemblies, putting notices and signage up around school to encourage good hygiene, and regularly checking the soap dispensers to ensure that there is always an adequate supply.

At the present time, lessons will continue as planned. We will, however, keep the situation under review. We will follow around trips abroad and will advise you as soon as we are able.

We will continue to monitor the coronavirus situation closely and follow the advice from Public Health England and the Department for Education. The Department for Education’s advice page for schools can be found using the link below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

The most important advice is to limit the spread of the virus. Health-care professionals stress the importance of hygiene and hand washing. They recommend:

· Wash your hands often with soap and water

· Catch it, Bin it, Kill it: Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in a bin

· People who feel unwell should stay at home

Students, staff and visitors to school should wash their hands frequently, and particularly

· After using public transport

· Before leaving home and on arrival at school

· After using the toilet

· After breaks and sporting activities

· Before eating any food, including snacks

We will continue to highlight this important advice to students. We know will support us with this. If circumstances do change in any way then we will contact you immediately with any arrangements that may have to be put in place.

Many thanks for your support,

Emma Jackson

Head teacher

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