Coronavirus Advice & Information
We are aware that all families will be concerned about the spread of the Coronavirus across the UK. This page has been provided to give families key information about the Coronavirus and to provide you with regular updates regarding school closure.
Currently, the school is FULLY CLOSED until Monday 20th April 2020
Only essential critical worker children and vulnerable children (those with a Social Worker or an EHCP) may attend the school when it is open during the COVID-19 outbreak. Please be aware that Government advice clearly states that all children should, if at all possible, stay at home during this time. School should be a last resort.
We are continually liaising with Public Health England (PHE) about school closure and we follow Government and Local Authority guidance on this. Parents should be aware that if we suffer a staffing shortage (leaving insufficient ratios) during any partial closure, we will fully close.
Stopsley Community Primary School and Pre-School will be closed during the Easter holiday period (April 6th- 19th) due to no children needing a place at the school during this time. If parents are suddenly called in to work or have difficulties, they can get in touch with the school via the usual contact details found here. To help with childcare, parents should visit childcare.co.uk or try local holiday clubs in Luton, such as Fun Fest. In an emergency, a further option for parents is to contact Bushmead Primary School to see if they have availability on our behalf. We are working closely with this school so they might be able to help. Regardless of the situation, parents should note that Government advice specifically states that children should be kept at home if at all possible.
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 following symptoms may develop in the 14 days after exposure to someone who has COVID-19 infection:
- difficulty in breathing
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 14 days. 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. People who have returned from Category 1 specified countries/areas may be required to self-isolate. This includes avoiding attending school or work until 14 days after they return. People who have returned from Category 2 specified countries/areas are advised to stay at home if they develop symptoms.
To find out current, up to date information about the spread of the Coronavirus, please visit this link:
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. Disinfectant spray is used on door handles and other objects that are commonly touched. We are continually educating the children about the virus to make them aware but we do not panic the children un-necessarily.