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Coronavirus Update – 17/03/20

March 17th, 2020

In light of changing Government advice on Monday 16th March I wanted to update you on school routines and actions related to Coronavirus-19.

We fully understand how concerned many parents are in the present climate and want to reassure you that your child’s health and safety is our top priority.  Self isolating will inevitably have an effect on staffing levels. We will continue to risk assess the situation and keep you updated on any decisions we need to make.  School is open as normal for all year groups.

New Government advice states:

  • Avoid all non-essential travel/contact
  • If one person in any household has a persistent fever (37.8+) or persistent cough, EVERYONE living in the household must self-isolate for 14 days
  • At risk groups (elderly over 70, adults who would normally be advised to have the flu vaccine and pregnant women) are advised to take particular care to minimise their social contact
  • Schools will stay open (for the moment)

What does this mean for Harrow Way?

  • For students who are currently self-isolating, please use this link to access work.
  • Planned educational visits – visits between now and Easter are cancelled.  Future visits are under review and each year group will be informed separately if a decision is made to cancel.
  • Year 8 Parents Evening arrangements – this will be conducted remotely, further details will be  emailed to Year 8 Parents tomorrow.
  • Year 8 Curriculum Evening and Pathways 1:1 appointments? Booklets, information and Video of the presentations and resources will be made available to view online after Easter
  • If you or your child were unable to attend the Year 9 options meeting and were unable to hand in the form please either send in with your child or email your child’s choices to kim.warren@harrowway.hants.sch.uk. Link to Options form
  • All sporting fixtures are also cancelled until further notice.
  • Any visitors to the school are asked to wash hands and use hand sanitiser.

We are continuing to take every opportunity to remind the children about good personal hygiene and are encouraging all our pupils to wash their hands regularly and at various key points during the school day as previously explained.

As a community service, anyone who wishes to make a donation to the local Andover food bank to support families who need an emergency isolation food package, please send goods with your child and we will ensure it is delivered.

These are unprecedented times and although children are seen as a ‘low-risk’ group we know everyone in our school family will be impacted in some way by this ever-changing situation. In times like this please be kind to each other, do not make assumptions or spread rumours and follow all the guidance available to ‘do your bit’ for everyone in the community.

For anyone who is feeling poorly, we are thinking of you and wish you a speedy recovery.

M J Serridge

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