Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Update - 19.3.20

Letter to parents - 19.3.20


Previous update 17.3.20

Dear Parents and Carers,  

The national picture and official advice is changing rapidly, and we continue to manage the situation in accordance with the advice of the government and NHS. 

School remains open and lessons continue. 

If you have notified the school that your child or family is self-isolating please ensure you are following the NHS advice: 

Anyone with symptoms should stay at home for at least 7 days.

If you live with other people, they should stay at home for at least 14 days, to avoid spreading the infection outside the home. 

After 14 days, anyone you live with who does not have symptoms can return to their normal routine. 

But, if anyone in your home gets symptoms, they should stay at home for 7 days from the day their symptoms start. Even if it means they're at home for longer than 14 days. 

If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days. 

If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible. 

If you still have symptoms after 7 days;

After 7 days, if you no longer have a high temperature you can return to your normal routine. 

If you still have a high temperature, stay at home until your temperature returns to normal. 

If you still have a cough after 7 days, but your temperature is normal, you do not need to continue staying at home. A cough can last for several weeks after the infection has gone.  

And importantly, your child should not return to school before the end of that period, even if they feel better. 

We fully expect that staff will be affected by the need to self-isolate as much as pupils and their families. We have devised a strategy for managing this as a Trust to minimise the impact on children and their families and to keep schools open for as long as we possibly can. In the first instance we will endeavour to cover staff absence internally. If we are unable to cover a staff absence, we will split or merge classes. If it reaches the point at which we are unable to maintain the appropriate staff to pupil ratios we will take the decision to close the school. We understand that closing a class or a number of classes will cause significant disruption for families, but this decision will only be taken when there are no alternatives. You will be notified as early as possible regarding decisions to close classes or the school.   

In the event of school closure your child will have access to a range of online learning resources. The school will send out detailed information regarding this in the event of school closure. For those who do not have access to the internet individual pupil packs have been prepared.  

Best wishes,

Tom Gray