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Coronavirus update 13/03/2020

A letter from the Headteacher and our Governing body:

Dear Parents/Carers,

We are aware that there are a lot of reports in the media surrounding Coronavirus-COVID 19. Yesterday, a Government meeting was held and new advice has been given to Schools.

There is still no cause for concern at the School, but we will continue to keep you informed about any developments and ensure we're keeping the school clean to prevent the spread of any virus.

Coronavirus can cause flu-like symptoms including fever, cough and difficulty breathing however these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness. Current guidance suggests if you have a temperature of 37.8oC (which is higher than your usual resting temperature) or dry persistent cough, you are advised to self-isolate for 7 days, this means stay at home and away from other people.

As a precautionary measure we have taken the decision to postpone all Parent events, this including annual reviews, celebration assemblies and the Headteacher drop in.

We will continue to support the learners to wash their hands using soap and water and attempt to encourage them to wash their hands for 20 seconds. We will encourage the learners to use hand gel sanitiser after they have washed their hands where possible.

We will cancel all trips out of School and ask that you support your child throughout, as we are aware this will cause disruption to daily routine.

As a School we do not routinely take learner's temperatures. Please take your child's temperature at home and follow the guidelines.

The Government advise as cases of COVID 19 increase, older people and those with a low immune system and underlying medical issues will be advised to cut social contact and stay at home. If you feel your child has either a low immune system and/ or underlying medical issues, we understand if you feel strongly and wish not to send your child in School.

At home, please can we encourage you to continue to:

  • wash your hands with soap and water often - do this for at least 20 seconds
  • always was your hands when you get home or into work
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards
  • try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your ands are not clean

Yours Sincerely,

Melody Fierro - Headteacher 

Jody McGarraghy - Vice Chair of Governors