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Wellington Primary School
Friday 20th March 2020

 

Dear Parents/Carers

Early this morning the Government shared their list of Critical Workers for whose children schools should remain open.

This list is on the link below. It is broad and you should take time to check it carefully to understand if your role is considered critical to the Nation’s response to the virus. If one parent is classed as a critical worker, then you are entitled to send your children to school. The government guidance is that Many parents working in these critical sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be. This is an offer to parents and carers and there is no requirement for parents and carers to send their children to school if they do not need or wish to do so. Therefore, it is an offer but you may feel that you do not wish to utilise it.

If you are a critical worker, and you cannot keep your child safe at home whilst you are at work, please could you complete and return the attached form to us at school promptly so we can plan the level of provision we will need to have in place over these coming weeks. This will be regardless of whether you wish your child to come school or not.

I anticipate that we will support students to access the remote learning we are providing for all children but within school. There will be no normal lessons and the children will be clustered together in either an infant or a junior provision. However, this will depend entirely on numbers.

Once we have an accurate idea of numbers we can confirm what we will be offering. Please understand that the government expectation is that it is child care not education. We will do our best to ensure it is as educational as possible within the limits of our resources. If we are able to provide a dining hall service over this time it will be limited.

List of key workers can be found here;

guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision

The full government guidance concerning this can be found here;

closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers

We will be contacting families with children who fit the vulnerable learner’s category personally to establish if you will require the support of school. Many that we called yesterday did not want to take up this provision at the moment.

Click here to print off and complete this form. Please return this form to school by 4pm in order to ensure facilities can be provided. This form is required on entry to school on Monday morning for the children of our critical Keyforce to ensure eligibility .

Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs Norton

 

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Coronavirus update 13th March 2020

 

We continue to follow Public Health England , Local and Government advice on this virus . Following the update from the Prime Minister last night, school remains open and we will continue with usual school activities. Risk assessments will continue to be conducted.

The advice has changed slightly.

If you or your child feels unwell with fever or a new persistent dry cough, you self-isolate for 7 days. Use the NHS 111 health line for further advice. Please inform the school via telephone or via parentmail. Should the advice change, school will send a parent mail. We know this is a worrying time, please be reassured we are following advice in school and we still have hand gel and lots of antibacterial soap. Mr Roche and his cleaning team are disinfecting door handles , floors and surfaces each day. If a school closure is announced in coming weeks or days, the school has plans for distance learning for the children. Again more details of this will be on the website or sent home.

The following website and email is available from 8am-6pm Monday to Friday if you have any concerns. dfe.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk

Telephone 08000 468687

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

To help keep yourself and others free from infection: Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, or a hand sanitiser if you’re out and about, particularly after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose, eating or handling food, and when arriving at work or getting home. Catch your coughs and sneezes in a tissue, or use your arm if needed, throw the tissue away, then wash your hands. More information about the virus, its symptoms and the current situation is available at NHS online.

 

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Advice on the coronavirus for places of education

 

How serious is the coronavirus?

  • it can cause flu-like symptoms, including fever, cough & difficulty breathing
  • the infection is not serious for most people, including children
  • there is currently no vaccine
  • most people get better with enough rest, water to drink and medicine for pain

How likely are you to catch the virus?

  • you can only catch it if you have been close to a person who has the virus
  • the chance of being in contact with the virus is currently low in the UK
  • if you have travelled to areas where many people are infected, your chance of catching the virus is higher, i.e. China and any affected areas

How can you stop coronaviruses spreading?

If you need to cough or sneeze

  • Catch it with a tissue
  • Bin it
  • Kill it by washing your hands with soap & water or hand sanitiser

You should wash hands with soap & water or hand sanitiser

  • Before cooking & eating
  • On arrival at any childcare or educational setting
  • After using the toilet
  • Before leaving home


Try not to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands

Do not share items that come into contact with your mouth such as cups & bottles

If unwell do not share items such as bedding, dishes, pencils & towels


What should you do if you feel unwell?

Keep away from others and stay at home to stop the infection spreading. Avoid public transport if you think you have symptoms of coronavirus. If you become unwell at a place of education, tell a member of staff and let them know if you have travelled to any other countries in the last 14 days.

If your staff member or parent thinks you have symptoms of coronavirus, they should call NHS 111 for advice. Follow the UK Government advice for childcare or educational settings gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19. Parents can visit NHS.UK to find out more information. Teachers and support staff should follow the UK Government advice.

Staff, students and pupils who have returned from Wuhan and Hubei Province in China should self isolate, and NOT attend education or work for 14 days. See NHS.UK for advice on coronavirus.

 

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