Many of you will have heard the news from the Government today, as they have moved to the ‘delay’ phase of the Coronavirus pandemic.
I want to reassure parents that we are doing everything we can at school to prevent the spread of infection. The children are doing a really good job of washing their hands and being as hygienic as possible. Our cleaning team are making extra efforts to ensure all surfaces are given an extra clean.
The school has also made plans in the event that the we are asked to close as part of a nationwide initiative to stop the spread of the virus. Each class teacher will be setting a full timetable of work for pupils to do at home – it won’t be a holiday. We are investigating ways for technology to make this as easy as possible. I sent a book home with each child today, so everyone has something they can write in. Although I hope we don’t have to, we are well prepared in case it does happen. I have spoken to all of the older children about this possibility, and will discuss it with them again in assembly.
It is not necessary to self isolate at this point, unless your child has a persistent cough and/or a high temperature. Keeping your child off prematurely will compromise future plans if schools do close, and will count as an unauthorised absence.
SUPPORT FOR FAMILIES
We appreciate that closing the school will have a major impact on families. Please get in contact if you are worried about the implications, as we may be able to help (we can’t offer childcare though!).
The virus itself will also cause complications. I am chairing a committee of invested groups from the town. We can offer shopping support for families that are ill or who have to self-isolate. We have a team of volunteers who can fetch shopping, and access to financial support for families who can not afford shopping through this period. A website and poster will be released soon, but the helpline number will be 441212 – which is the Medical Practice.
For families who need pastoral support, the school and churches will still be available. Please don’t suffer in silence.
KNOW YOUR RISK
Lastly, we have an elderly population in the town, who are at greater risk. If you know someone in this group, or anyone who has a chronic underlying illness, then the advice to them is to limit contact with others. Limit your contact, limit your risk.
Any questions or worries, please come and see me.
Where to find the latest information
Updates on COVID-19: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas: · https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus