11th March 2020
Coronavirus update: (updated Wednesday 11th March)
We will keep this page updated with current information about what we are doing to keep everyone healthy across the school along with useful information regarding the Coronavirus.
Questions and Answers for Parents
Q. What is the situation across the school at the moment?
Everything is running normally across the school, but we have made a number of small sensible changes to keep everyone healthy.
o We are emphasising to all staff and children the need for regular thorough hand-washing throughout the day and are ensuring that there is plenty of soap and hand sanitisers to do so.
o We are asking all visitors, staff and students to wash or gel their hands when coming on-site.
o All trips and visits are being risk assessed to help us make the right decision about whether those trips should still take place- at the moment, all planned trips are running as normal.
o We are doing assemblies and age appropriate activities with the children regarding hand washing.
o On Wednesday 18th we have a member of staff from the South West Skills Academy coming to visit us to do handwashing workshops with all of the children and she will be bringing a UV lamp to help us see how well we are washing our hands.
Q. How can I help protect my child?
Follow the public health advice. The NHS has an excellent page here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/common-questions/. Hand hygiene remains the most effective measure. That means washing your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds and whenever you:
- get home or into work
- blow your nose, sneeze or cough
- eat or handle food
It's important to use soap and water or a hand sanitiser.
Q. What do I do if my child is a little unwell?
Carry on as normal - if you would normally send them school, please do so.
Q. If I think my child or someone else in my home may have contracted coronavirus, what do I do?
Call NHS 111 or use the service’s simple new online service https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19 that will advise you what to do. Let the school know if 111 says that you should take action.
Q. Are you thinking of closing the school?
The Department for Education is very clear that no school should close in response to a suspected (or confirmed) COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England.
Q. Will you tell us if a child or member of staff has confirmed Coronavirus at the school?
Q. What happens if there is a confirmed case within the school?
The school will immediately contact Public Health and then share their advice with you.
Q. Where is the best place to get information or advice about Coronavirus?
The government has several very good regularly updated sites:
- www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public - the best starting point
- www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/common-questions/ - health advice from the NHS
- https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus - advice about travel