We continue to follow government advice about coronavirus, COVID-19. The government’s current advice to everyone including schools is:
- To remain open and not close unless directed to do so.
- Pupils or staff with a high temperature or continuous cough to stay at home for 7 days.
- Advice to schools, including about travellers returning to the UK and confirmed cases of COVID-19 has been updated.
The importance of good personal hygiene, including regular hand-washing, to prevent the spread of infection continues to be stressed and school.
The government wants schools to remain open and not close unless directed to do so. We will continue ‘business as usual’ including all clubs and activities. For off-site trips, parents may withdraw consent for pupils to take part. We will respect your wishes. Pupils not taking part in off-site activities will remain in school in a different class.
The government expects pupils or staff with a high temperature or continuous cough to stay at home:
- Public Heath England, Stay at home: guidance for people with confirmed or possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection.
- It is for parents to decide if pupils need to stay at home.
- If you decide your child needs to stay at home, please tell us.
- Individual members of staff will also need to decide if they need to stay at home.
Public Health England remind parents not to go to a pharmacy, GP or hospital if they suspect their child has any of the symptoms. They need to keep their child at home; follow the stay at home advice as best they can; and only contact NHS 111 or use NHS 111 online (which is being updated) or phone their GP if their symptoms deteriorate.
There is much speculation about the closure of schools in the media and locally on social media. I do not want to add to that speculation. I will write again if the government directs schools to close, and when the details and expectations of any closure are known. In the meantime we are suspending community events such as the Mother’s day lunch and Golden Book Assembly to ensure we have the best opportunity to remain open and support families effectively and appropriately during these exceptional circumstances.
Our business as usual approach applies to Nursery and Seedlings, including during school holidays. These services remain open unless we are told to close them. We will follow the government’s spirit of supporting as many people as possible financially during the coronavirus outbreak. Therefore we will refund any Seedlings bookings or Nursery top-up fees if we are forced to close.
I will write again when government advice changes.