***URGENT KEY WORKER UPDATE***
The government has clarified the Key Workers list. These include any parent or carer that work in:
Please refer to the following link for a complete list of Key Workers defined by the government: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educationalprovision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision
If you work in any of these sectors and you would like to bring your child(ren) into school then please contact Mr Clark ASAP so we can ensure our staffing is adequate for cover. If you do not contact us in time, we may not have adequate provision to have your child at the school if you drop them off. Please do contact us. Those that are not ‘key workers’ have to keep their children at home and adhere to the guidance on social distancing.
We are aware that parents are concerned regarding the recent announcements about COVID-19 (Coronavirus). We would like to assure parents that we are following all the current Government, Public Health England and DfE advice and guidelines - which is currently to stay open until the close of Friday 20th March and promote good hygiene practices.
After this time the school will only be open to the most vulnerable children of our school community and the children of key workers. There is a letter below with further information.
Further announcements will be made and information will be updated via this webpage, our communication app DOJO and the PTFA Facebook page.
Please ensure that you are signed up to DOJO and that your communication details are up to date with the school office. If your children are going to be absent for any reason until the 20th March, please continue to follow the correct safeguarding procedures and notify us via the absence line on 01795 472972. Remember to include a reason why they are absent.
The DfE has also set up a helpline to answer any questions that you may have. The details are found below with a link for further information also.
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours are 8am-6pm (Monday-Friday)
You can also get further information at:
**Please all be aware of the new Government guidance regarding COVID-19. They are summarised below with a link to the BBC website.**
If you are self isolating, then please report this to us on the school absence line (01795 472972 option 1) so we can code absences and respond appropriately.
The key new government measures are:
-Everyone should avoid gatherings and crowded places, such as pubs, clubs and theatres
-Everyone should work from home if they can
-All "unnecessary" visits to friends and relatives in care homes should cease
-People should only use the NHS "where we really need to" - and can reduce the burden on workers by getting advice on the NHS website where possible
-By next weekend, those with the most serious health conditions must be "largely shielded from social contact for around 12 weeks"
-The UK is now "three weeks" behind Italy - the worst-hit country in Europe
-If one person in any household has a persistent cough or fever, everyone living there must stay at home for 14 days
-Those people should, if possible, avoid leaving the house "even to buy food or essentials" - but they may leave the house "for exercise and, in that case, at a safe distance from others"
-Schools are to close (except for most vulnerable children or the children of key workers) at the end of Friday 20th March
If families are self isolating, it may only be as a precautionary measure on advice of healthcare professionals. It does not automatically mean that your children are in danger. The child are washing their hands regularly throughout their day at school and our cleaning rota has been adjusted accordingly.