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The John Wesley Church of England & Methodist

Voluntary Aided Primary School

Flourishing in F.A.I.T.H. (Family, All Included, Thriving & Healthy)

01233 614660

Coronavirus Information

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.

 

School status

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)

 

General Information

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.

 

Attendance

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.

 

School Holidays

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: headteacher@john-wesley.org.uk 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:

Please also see school newsletters for regular updates and school information regarding these updates.

 

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:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

 

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:

  • Wearing masks
  • washing your hands often with soap and water
  • covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in a bin. See Catch it, Bin it, Kill it
  • use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surface

 

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.

 

Recognising Symptoms - Cold or COVID?

We know that making the decision whether to self-isolate or send a child to school is difficult and sometimes confusing. The Quick reference guide will give parents and guardians advice on what to do in particular circumstances. Please look at the 'What if' scenarios and the actions required by parents and guardians. You will also see how school and other agencies should also react in order that wider infection control is supported.

 

Covid-19 Guides to help Parents 

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