This page will be updated as regularly as possible with information regarding the spread of coronavirus, and its impact on school. The page has been added to provide families key information about the school during the Coronavirus pandemic and to provide you with regular updates regarding any school closure.
The school is currently open for only vulnerable pupils and children of critical workers. We are closed to everyone else due to National lockdown (Updated January 2021)
Several changes have to be made to the organisation of the school day and to the site for this current academic year. It should be noted that all changes are intended to help keep all pupils, staff and visitors safe.
We continually liaise with Public Health England (PHE) about any potential closure to a 'Bubble', be it year group or the whole school. We follow Government and Local Authority guidance on this. Parents should be aware that if we have a confirmed case of COVID-19 or if we suffer a staffing shortage (leaving insufficient ratios), it may be necessary to close certain 'bubbles' or possibly the whole school.
Any child who is displaying any symptoms of COVID-19 must not attend school. From September 2020, It is compulsory again that all children aged 5 and over attend school. All attendance will be recorded and monitored, with any absence being dealt with through the usual attendance procedure. Please inform the school as usual about any absences.
The school is now closed again during all school holidays. However, if a child tests positive for Coronavirus, parents must let the school know immediately despite us being closed. Parents do this by emailing the school using the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org and marking their email URGENT - POSITIVE CASE . This allows us to take any necessary action depending on the date and time of the test result. A positive result may have an affect on one of our 'bubbles' so it is possible that the school will need to message parents during a holiday period. Parents should always keep an eye on their Teacher2Parent emails. If telling us about a positive test result, proof of this must be provided in the email to us.
The following links will take you to the government and Public Health England guidance documents:
What is the Coronavirus and what are the symptoms?
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China in January 2020.
The incubation period of COVID-19 is between 2 and 10 days. This means that if a person remains well 10 days after contact with someone with confirmed Coronavirus, it is unlikely that they have been infected.
The main symptoms of COVID-19 are:
Generally, these infections can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease. There is no evidence that children are more affected than other age groups.
Preventing the spread of infection
The best way to prevent infection is through hygiene. Some general principles that help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses include:
If anyone is worried that they may be showing symptoms, they should 'self-isolate' for 10 days. If anyone in the same household as you shows symptoms but you do not show any yourself, you should 'household-isolate' for 10 days from the date of the first symptom being shown. If symptoms persist or worsen, please call NHS 111. Do not go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment. Further information can be gained on the Public Health England Blog and the NHS UK website.
To find out current, up to date information about the spread of the Coronavirus, please visit this link.
Covid-19 Guides to help Parents