Coronavirus updates

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

As a result of our vision Love Learn Thrive the health, well being and safety of children, their families and our staff are team are recognised as essential precursors to learning and thriving.

It is the school’s highest priority to work with parents and all appropriate agencies to ensure all measures are taken help keep children healthy.

Every action and measure taken is based on the principles of;

  • Following national advice and guidance from Public Health England and The Department of Education
  • Caring for all our children and their families
  • Remaining fully open for as long as it is safe and viable to do so

Key Messages

Symptoms

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • A new continuous cough and/or
  • A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild infection

The core advice most relevant to schools is:

New guidance for households with symptoms

On Monday 16th March, the Government introduced new guidance on whole household isolation in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak:

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 here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance

Preventing the Spread – Hand washing advice

The most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves is to wash their hands more often, for at least 20 seconds (the time taken to sing Happy Birthday twice), with soap and water. Public Health England recommends that in addition to hand washing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.

Watch this short NHS film for guidance:

https://youtu.be/bQCP7waTRWU

The e-Bug project is led by Public Health England and has a dedicated webpage for learning resources on hand washing and respiratory hygiene.

https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/schools

At school children, staff and visitors are washing their hands;

  • on arrival at school
  • after using the toilet
  • after breaks and sporting activities
  • before food preparation
  • before eating any food, including snacks
  • before leaving school

In both schools, we have ensured there are sufficient arrangements for hand washing in line with the guidance.  Dispensers are checked daily to ensure there is sufficient soap and they are replenished where needed.  We continue to offer the flexibility of children bringing in their own hand sanitiser and hand cream where this is appropriate. If doing so please ensure these are clearly labelled with your child’s name and handed to the class teacher.

Scenario Planning

We have been planning for a number of different possible scenarios.

  1. Instruction to close the whole school for a limited period.
  2. Instruction to limit the number of people in one place for a limited period.
  3. Infection affects a member of our school community and a case is confirmed.
  4. High levels of staff illnesses/absence, making it impossible to staff all classes.
  5. Disruption to school meal service.

Throughout our contingency planning, every attempt will be made to avoid disruption to learning. In our first letter to parents (copy at the bottom of this page) we outline in more detail our scenario planning.

Possible School Closures

 The government also made it very clear that at this stage schools should remain open. We fully understand the vital role schools play in their communities. We are aware of the significant impact school closures have on children and their families. We will do everything possible in order that we can stay open.

It is with this in mind, alongside the health and wellbeing of children and staff that we have decided to keep all contact to the minimum required to fulfil our core functions.

This means that from Monday 16th March 2020 until further notice there will be no;

  • Sharing assemblies (these assemblies will continue but will be with children only). We will continue to share the children’s achievements via our usual methods of the news section of our website.
  • Church services
  • Sports fixtures involving other schools
  • School trips
  • Parent information sessions

We will also be;

  • Limiting visitors and guests to only those who have essential business to conduct at school
  • Making use others forms of contact such as phone and email to ensure the essential functions continue
  • Not shaking hands

Breakfast club and after school clubs will continue to run at present. Swimming will continue at present as this is a statutory part of the curriculum. We will continue to keep this under review.

In the Event of School Closure

If instructed or advised by DfE or Public Health England to close the whole school for a limited period of time we would of course follow these instructions/recommendations.  Staff are receiving training with regard to emailing appropriate learning activities and suggestions for parents and their children.

Parents can also look at http://follifootandspofforth.co.uk/homework/ and also http://follifootandspofforth.co.uk/learning-zone/  for ideas of how children can continue learning at home.

Click on this link to access information on electronic reading books: E Books Information for Parents

We will use our regular email and text service to keep you informed during any period of closure including when the schools will be reopened.

Published Letters in relation to coronavirus

Please click on the link below to access scenario information:

Coronavirus Scenario Information for Parents