Please see the third letter about COVID-19 below.
Dear Parents and Carers
The Government have now issued updated guidance in relation to Coronavirus which is dated today, Friday 13 March. Key information around identifying the symptoms and taking appropriate action is attached below.
This means that our community may have students and staff needing to self-isolate with immediate effect. The implications of course are far reaching for us as a school with us teaching so many students who require extra support, personal care and supervision and for some of them who are extra vulnerable due to underlying health conditions.
With this advice in mind, it is clear we all have a responsibility to ourselves, each other, our families and our wider community to take this pandemic seriously: not to over react but to apply self-isolation for 7 days if NEW symptoms develop:
- new continuous cough and/or
- high temperature
The key word for us all in this guidance is NEW.
Our advice is as follows:
1) Maintaining high standards of hand washing is essential. We will ensure students wash their hands well and on a regular basis. Hand sanitizers are available at central points on both sites and we will ask our community and essential visitors to use it.
2) If parents with particularly vulnerable children wish to withdraw them from school during this uncertain period we will support this.
3) We need clear communication from home if any student starts to show NEW symptoms (in Government advice below) e.g. new continuous cough and/or high temperature and needs to stay at home.
4) From Monday 16 March we will endeavour to reduce visitors.
5) Should staffing levels become dangerously unsustainable due to increased numbers of staff self-isolating, we may need to consider a short notice partial or full close down of the school. We want to resist this extreme measure, but we all must recognise that we have a duty of care in trying to keep our community safe and healthy.
I hope we can count on your support and vigilance and that we can collectively work together to keep each other and our community safe and get back to enjoying learning in a friendly, healthy and successful school.
Best wishes to you and your families.
Latest Government Guidance – Friday 13 March 2020
The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:
· new continuous cough and/or
· high temperature
For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild infection
If you have symptoms of coronavirus infection (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home and do not leave your house for 7 days from when your symptoms started. This action will help protect others in your community whilst you are infectious.
· plan ahead and ask others for help to ensure that you can successfully stay at home.
· stay at least 2 metres (about 3 steps) away from other people in your home whenever possible.
· sleep alone, if that is possible.
· wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water.
· stay away from vulnerable individuals such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions as much as possible.
· you do not need to call NHS111 to go into self-isolation. If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 7 days contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.