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Coronavirus Update

CORONAVIRUS - information regarding the spread of the virus, and its impact on our school (27-03-20)

This page will be updated as regularly as possible with information regarding the spread of coronavirus, and its impact on our school.

 SCHOOL IS NOW CLOSED TO ALL CHILDREN WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THOSE WHOSE PARENTS ARE 'KEY WORKERS'

From Monday 23rd March, the announcement by the Secretary of State said that we will only be open to children of core workers, children with an educational health care plan and children supported by a social worker. Information about who the government defines a 'key workers' can be found here.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision

 All parents should note the following:

  1. If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
  2. If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them.
  3. Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
  4. Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.

 Parents are advised to read the government's guidance on staying at home in the case of suspected coronavirus infection. This is based on the most significant symptoms of:

·           new continuous cough, and/or

·           high temperature (37.8°C)

If children, or anyone in your household develop either of these symptoms, they should be kept at home for a period of 14 days from the onset of the symptoms. See stay at home guidance below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

Please see the link below for guidance on social distancing:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people/guidance-on-social-distancing-for-everyone-in-the-uk-and-protecting-older-people-and-vulnerable-adults

For those still in school, we will continue to encourage regular handwashing, and the use of tissues to 'Catch It, Bin It, Kill It". Any further available information will be provided on this page as and when it is available.

Up-to-date information on the actions taken by Public Health England are available on their website:

https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/01/23/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know/

The Church of England has provided this prayer for people to say in this challenging time. It may be of use to you.

Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy.
Sustain and support the anxious,
be with those who care for the sick,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may find comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord,

Amen.

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