As you will be aware, the situation with regards to COVID-19 is changing almost on a daily basis.  I appreciate that this is a concern to many people and I want to assure you that everything is being done across our schools to ensure we are well-placed for whatever happens.

Following the Prime Minister’s press conference on Monday evening (16th March), there are updated guidelines in place on whole household isolation in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak:

  • If you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started.
  • If you live with others and you or another member of the household have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill. It is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community.
  • For anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14-day isolation period.

The symptoms are:

  • A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above).
  • A new, continuous cough.

The full ‘stay at home’ guidance for households with these symptoms can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance

Where a child is in isolation, in accordance with latest information and advice from Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England, they will be recorded as ‘Unable to attend due to exceptional circumstances’ in the attendance register (code Y).  This is an authorised absence and will not affect your child’s overall attendance figure.

Prior to a school closure due to Cornonavirus, parents will receive home learning sign in sheets for Class Seesaw so that your children can have their own Class app.  If your child has their own device or access to a family device, please install Seesaw Class app and use the code provided.  Class teachers will keep in touch with your children via Class Seesaw should a full closure be necessary.  Please note that this is a separate app to your Parent Seesaw.  Siblings will be able to log in and out on the same device.

Whilst all the schools in the Stour Federation Partnership remain open as normal at present, we have been finalising our planning for what we will put in place if we do need to close.  Tomorrow (Wednesday 18th March) we will send a detailed plan for home learning, a pack of paper-based activities and will set online home learning when the need arises.  In the meantime, please have a go at setting up your new Seesaw Class app.

You can also login to Seesaw using a web browser – https://app.seesaw.me/#/login.

If/when we do close, the worst thing we could do is remotely try and teach new content with live remote lessons.  It is a terrible idea that will end in nothing but wasted time for every single person involved — from parents to teachers to children.  The work we will be sending home will be purposeful practice and consolidation of concepts and knowledge we’ve already taught.

We continue with our measures of social distancing, avoiding gatherings (big or small) and reducing social contact.

  • All assemblies have been cancelled.
  • In line with the updated guidance from the government on social distancing, stopping unnecessary travel, avoiding gatherings and avoiding social contact, I have decided Year 5 will not be going to Manor Adventure next week.  I will update parents regarding deferrals/refunds and a rescheduled date in due course.

The safety and well being of children and staff remains our highest priority and we continue to follow all relevant guidance and direction from government.  We talk a great deal about the importance of a strong partnership between schools and parents; at unprecedented times like these, this really comes to the fore.  Thank you for your support and assistance in the days and weeks ahead.