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Coronavirus News Update

Coronavirus Update – IMPORTANT INFORMATION – please read 

Many of you will probably have seen or heard the Prime Minister’s announcement last night, 16th March, on the country’s approach to managing the coronavirus.  A transcript of his speech can be found from the link at the bottom of this e-mail.

 

At this time we have not been advised to close the school.  I am sure that we will, as a school, receive more specific guidance in due course, however, we have taken the decision to take some immediate actions in response to two of the points mentioned in his speech which we are asking for your support with.  These points were:

  1. To stay at home for 14 days if you, or anyone in your household, has one of the following key symptoms: a high temperature or a new and continuous cough

  2. For everyone to stop non-essential contact with others and to stop all unnecessary travel

School Attendance – when should my child not come into school?
If anyone in your household has symptoms of coronavirus infection (COVID-19):
- a new continuous cough and/or
- high temperature
You should all stay at home for 14 days.

If you are in any doubt, as whether to send your son/daughter into school, please call the Department for Education Coronavirus Helpline for advice on 0800 046 8687.

The points above, regarding attendance, apply to staff too and are therefore likely to have an impact.  We will be assessing, on a daily basis, that we have sufficient numbers to safely staff the school.

We have also taken the decision to try to reduce the number of non-essential adults in school.  This means that we are asking our highly valued parent helpers/volunteers to not come into school until further notice.

Please be aware that this is a rapidly changing situation and that whilst the information is accurate at the time of writing we would recommend that parents continue to monitor the situation for themselves by checking the relevant pages of the www.gov.uk website or by signing up to government email alerts for any updates and changes:

https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

 

These are challenging times for everyone but I am confident that as a community we will continue to do what we can to support one another.

 

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