Coronavirus Advice & Information
This page has been provided to give 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 all pupils. All information regarding the school day and the safety measures we have put in place can be found in our 'Guidance For Parents' document at the bottom of this page. There is also a set of 'Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)' to support this document. This can also be downloaded or viewed at the bottom of this page.
Several changes have to be made to the organisation of the school day and to the site for this current academic year. These changes are explained in the guidance for parents (found below). It should be noted that all changes are intended to be short term but are necessary to help keep all pupils, staff and visitors safe.
We continually liaise with Public Health England (PHE) about any potential closure to an individual 'bubble' or to 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. Unfortunately, in this situation, exceptions are not able to made for Key Worker or vulnerable children. If a 'bubble' or the whole school has to close, all children involved would need to self-isolate.
Any child who is displaying any symptoms of COVID-19, must not attend school. 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. Parents should be aware that exceeding ten sessions of unauthorised absence may result in them receiving a fine from the Local Authority.
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 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 emails for this reason. If telling us about a positive test result, proof of this must be provided in the email to us.
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 14 days. This means that if a person remains well 14 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 – very few cases have been reported in children.
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:
- 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 14 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:
Anyone can be tested for COVID-19 and test results are generally received within 24 hours. Tests can be requested by calling NHS 119. The school has a small supply of COVID-19 test kits but these are only given out for a pupil who starts to show symptoms when at school but has no means to testing when going home.
As a school, we follow Government advice and instruction regarding the Coronavirus. We will regularly update parents about our plans via this website page and through our social media platforms. If parents have any questions, please do contact us directly via the school office. Whilst children and staff are at the school, we are doing everything that we can to ensure that no infection happens. Children and staff are encouraged regularly to wash their hands throughout the day and full cleaning takes place daily as it should, including a full deep clean every Friday afternoon. Disinfectant spray is used throughout the day on door handles and other objects that are commonly touched. Social Distancing measures are in place. We are continually educating the children about the virus to make them aware but we do not panic the children un-necessarily.
Whilst in school, all of our children follow our Coronavirus Code of Conduct. These can be viewed or downloaded below.