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Coronavirus Update from the Headteacher – 16/3/20

March 16th, 2020

Today, the Department for Education and Public Health England have issued updated guidance for education settings on COVID-19.

What you need to know:

1.     Staff, young people and children should stay at home if they are unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature to avoid spreading infection to others. Otherwise they should attend school as normal. If you have symptoms of coronavirus infection (COVID-19), however mild, do not leave your home for 7 days from when your symptoms started.

2.    If staff, young people or children become unwell on site with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature they will be sent home.

For information

1.    If a decision is made to self-isolate your child for 7 days, please ensure you contact the school either by phone or email and confirm that the absence is “self-isolation”.  This will trigger the correct absence code and work will be emailed home to your child that they can complete over the 7 days.

2.   A decision has been taken by the school to postpone the Community Latin American and Ballroom Dancing courses with immediate effect due to the ongoing situation.

The updated guidance can be found here:

·       https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19#contents

Current advice remains in place: no education or children’s social care setting should close in response to a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England.

The Chief Medical Officer has advised that the impact of closing schools on both children’s education and on the workforce would be substantial, but the benefit to public health may not be. Decisions on future advice to education or children’s social care settings will be taken based on the latest and best scientific evidence, which at this stage suggests children are a lower risk group.

Thank you so much for your support. This is uncharted territory for the School, and you will understand that the situation may change on a daily basis. It is important to state that there is no need for alarm: we are being pragmatic in our approach, making all possible adjustments and acting on advice from the DfE and Public Health England.

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