THIS UPDATE WAS WRITTEN BEFORE THE PRIME MINISTER’S PRESS CONFERENCE THIS EVENING. I WILL UPDATE PARENTS FURTHER IN DUE COURSE ONCE I RECEIVE OFFICIAL CONFIRMATION OF NEW EXPECTATIONS.
In Sunday’s communication to parents and carers, I listed a number of cancelled and postponed events in order to promote social distancing (a term applied to certain actions that are taken to slow down the spread of a highly contagious disease, including limiting large groups of people coming together) as recommended by the World Health Organisation:
- Parent Sharing afternoon on Tuesday 31st March is cancelled.
- The Easter Service is cancelled.
- Adult visitors to school until the Easter holidays will be kept to a necessary minimum.
- Sports fixtures until the Easter holidays are postponed.
- Please only visit the school office if essential – you can email the school office firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01608 685253.
Wwraparound care before and after school continues as usual.
Here’s a further update:
- Rags 2 Riches clothes collection is cancelled.
Fresh government guidance today states that children who develop a new, continuous cough (this means you’ve started coughing repeatedly) or fever (high temperature of 37.8+ or you feel hot to touch on your chest or back) at school should be sent home with suspected coronavirus. Any child or staff member who has these symptoms should remain at home for 7 days to avoid infecting others.
NHS advice for staying at home: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-advice/
Please can I remind all families to ensure that children wash their hands for 20 seconds with soap and hot water BEFORE they come to school. Children will be directed to wash their hands again as soon as they come into school. Children will wash their hands before leaving school every day and I would advise children wash their hands once more when they get home.
As it stands, the Manor Adventure trip is going ahead. Manor Adventure will not defer the trip as there are currently no restrictions on travel. Our insurers have stated that if we cancel the trip our claim to refund parents would be declined as this would be deemed ‘disinclination to travel’. Obviously in the coming days if Central Government or indeed the Department for Education provide further advice to schools not to travel within the UK or to go on school trips the stance of both organisations would change.
We continue to remain open until we are told otherwise by Public Health England or are forced to close due to insufficient staffing.