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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.

School status

Currently, the school is open to pupils in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6. We are also open to Key Worker children and vulnerable children. There is a waiting list for any children in these year groups who would still like to return to the school.

Information

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.

June and July 2020

The school has reopened for all children in Early Years, Year 1 and Year 6.  Our plan for our reopening was shared with parents recently. The 'Overview for Parents', found at the bottom of this page, explains everything that you need to know. You will also find a 'Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)' document to accompany it.

The Government has released guidance for schools who are able to open to children in years 2 to 5. There are many protective measures that have to be in place and while this is the case, the school is not able to open to children in these year groups. Parents will be kept informed of any changes for children in years 2 to 5 over the coming weeks. All parents should continually check this website page, the school's social media sites and their own ParentMail account for updated information.

Summer holiday (20th July to 31st August)

The school is fully closed throughout this time. There will be no Rainbows class (Key Worker children and vulnerable children) during the summer holiday.

Please note that we have Inset days on Tuesday 1st September and Wednesday 2nd September so the school remains closed to all children on these dates.

Autumn term 2020

The school is due to open to all pupils from Thursday 3rd September. Currently, the Government have given no guidance on schools reopening for September. Therefore, parents will be updated on plans for September as soon as we know more.

Full closure of the school

In the event of a confirmed case of Coronavirus, the number of staff who can work reducing or any other emergency, the school may have to fully close. If the situation arises that the school has to fully close, the following will apply...

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 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 7 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:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

Important information

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. 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.