Coronavirus Information and Guidance
Wider Re-opening of School
Please see the letter from Mr Bray and the 'Frequently Asked Questions' document below for more information about our plans for the wider re-opening of school. There are also two videos, one for parents/carers with further information about the safety procedures in place and one for children which is a social story about returning to school.
Home Learning During the School Closure
As children will be starting to complete their home learning packs, I wanted to write to you about our plans and expectations around home learning in the weeks ahead.
During the first two weeks of the closure we were keen to not overload any of the children or any of you, the parents/carers either. This situation is completely new for everyone and we all need time to adjust and to process everything that is happening. We appreciate that many of you will also be working from home while trying to care for your families at the same time and the last thing we want is for home learning to be an added stress or pressure for anyone. Right now, the most important thing is that all children feel as safe as possible, that they play and have fun and that they are loved. During the originally scheduled two-week Easter holiday and beyond, this will remain the priority but for those looking for greater structure and further learning tasks, I wanted to outline our plans.
From Monday 20th April, onwards, home learning will be shared through the class pages of our website and will take on the following format:
Reception, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2
- Weekly units of Maths work with a teacher-led presentation, instructional videos and set tasks for children to complete in the exercise books provided. Answers to each question will be provided for checking.
- Weekly collections of reading and writing activities based on a set story/text.
- Reading to/with an adult as much as possible.
- Half-termly collections of topic-based activities for children to select independently.
- Play-based learning activities around a theme, familiar story or nursery rhyme. This will incorporate communication and language, number and knowledge and understanding of the world.
In addition to the previously mentioned learning, we will post a weekly arts and crafts project and hopefully you will have already seen some of the Collective Worship videos we have been adding to the website on a daily basis and this will continue after the Easter holiday. During the scheduled Easter break, we will be providing a dedicated page of fun Easter activities and learning opportunities for children to enjoy if they wish to.
Further instructions and information will be provided on individual class pages by the teachers.
Finally, can I once again stress that the physical and mental well-being of the children and all our families is the most important thing to us at this time and so please do not worry if there are issues with any of the above, just contact us in school. I hope you are all keeping well and staying safe and please do let me know via e-mail or telephone if there is anything further we can do to support you or if you simply need to talk.
Mr. H. Bray
Please see below for the further information and guidance about COVID-19 (coronavirus) from the Department for Education, Public Health England and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Government Guidance on Self-Isolation
On 16/03/20, the Government introduced guidance on whole household isolation in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak:
if you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started.
- if you live with others and you or another member of the household have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill. It is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community.
- for anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14-day isolation period.
The symptoms are:
- A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)
- A new, continuous cough
We therefore ask that all parents/carers follow this advice and keep children off from school for 14 days if anyone in the household is displaying symptoms.
The full stay at home guidance for households with these symptoms can be found here:
The Prime Minister's statement from Monday 16 March can be found here:
The importance of hygiene
Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19.
Wash your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds each time with soap and hot water (see NHS coronavirus poster attached below).
Avoid putting your hands to your mouth, eyes or nose before washing them.
Practice "cough etiquette", including keeping a distance if you feel unwell, covering coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or the inside of an elbow, and regularly wash your hands.
How to wash your hands properly
Wash your hands more often for 20 seconds with soap and hot water.
Watch this short NHS film for guidance:
Remind young children how to wash their hands with the NHS handwashing song:
Public Health England recommends that in addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.
Department for Education coronavirus helpline
The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children's social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:
- Phone: 0800 046 8687
- E-mail: Dfe.firstname.lastname@example.org
- Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday and 10am to 4pm Saturday to Sunday)
Please note, they are currently experiencing a high volume of calls and to ensure that they answer calls as quickly as possible have now extended their opening hours to cover weekends.
Where to find further information
NHS dedicated webpage: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Updates on COVID-19: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Information on what to do if you are asked to self-isolate: https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/02/20/what-is-self-isolation-and-why-is-it-important/
Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus