24th March 2020
Emergency Designated Safeguarding Personnel Contact details:
As school is currently closed we understand that there maybe exceptional times (such as a child protection emergency) that you need to get in touch out of school hours. Below are two numbers that you can contact in an absolute emergency via text if you have a concern that can’t wait till normal school hours. You will be contacted back as long as you have left your full name, contact number and summary of concern. The Designated Safeguarding numbers are:
Alison Anderson: 07824 684697
Michelle Heather: 07340 415595
Headteacher / NLE
17th March 2020
Dear parents and carers,
Thank you so much for your calm and measured response to my emails of the last couple of days. I know how anxious many of you feel; we share your anxiety for our health and our families too.
Making the decision to self-isolate due to the list of underlying health conditions is incredibly difficult - you have to do what is best for your child and your family - we support any decision you have made, just as I have supported the difficult decision that has had to be made currently by 2 members of staff who are now having to self-isolate for 12 weeks. They are all devastated and feeling they should be in school, but I have told them that their health is the most important thing long term. It's the same for all of you.
If any member of your household has symptoms - a reminder that it is at least 14 days isolation for all of you, whether you have symptoms or not.
Some parents have asked about home learning. As I said in my email last week, staff are preparing for this in the eventuality that the school closes. As the school is still open, with the vast majority of children still attending, their priority is teaching and learning in school at the moment. The children in the classrooms remain the priority in terms of staff workload and I cannot add undue stress to them at this time
As I said this morning, we are constantly reviewing the situation and when staffing levels reach critical point in terms of being able to look after the children we have in school we will take the decision to close of not already directed to do so by the government. This could be at any point, but will not be in the middle of a school day if we can avoid it. Please make contingency plans.
If your child is currently at home and is unwell we would not be expecting them to be doing 'home work'. If your child is not unwell but in isolation with you there are lots of online games and activities they can do. Children in Y1 - 6 can carry on doing abacus/times tables rockstars . Reading is always time well spent. We cannot send home packs of reading books - but there are many books online to read/listen to. Children's TV is educational - watching Deadly 60 or other similar programmes could be the starting point for a project. Play cards, board games etc, do some cooking. Make a den under a sheet. Dig in the garden. Draw. Sketch.
We will be sending any empty exercise books, that we find, home with children this week - no expectation on what to put in them, but thought families might find them useful.
In other news... we have made the decision to limit adults coming into school including members of the PTA, so Mrs Heather and myself and others will be running the mothers day shop on Friday so please support this.
Thanks, again, for your support and kindness. We have received some lovely emails this morning thanking the team and particularly acknowledging the lengths our staff are going to in this difficult situation. We really appreciate this.
Headteacher / NLE
Please see the latest update:
New guidance for households with symptoms
Yesterday, the Government introduced new 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 at 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
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:
Temporary suspension of Ofsted inspections
Ofsted is to temporarily suspend routine inspections of schools, colleges, early years settings, children’s social care providers and local authorities to reduce the burden on staff who are providing vital services to the nation in response to coronavirus.
The current medical and scientific advice is for schools and other educational establishments to stay open. If this changes and the Chief Medical Officer and the Chief Scientific Adviser say closing schools, colleges, and early years settings is in the best interests of children and teachers the Department will take that step.
The full announcement made by Gavin Williamson can be viewed here:
Updated guidance on recording school pupil absences
No school will be penalised for the impact on school attendance of coronavirus (COVID-19). Please record absences as follows:
• Where a pupil cannot attend school due to illness, as would normally happen, the pupil should be recorded as absent in the attendance register and the school will authorise the absence. Code I (Illness) should be used in this instance.
• Where a pupil is in self-isolation, in accordance with latest information and advice from Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England, the pupil should be recorded as unable to attend due to exceptional circumstances in the attendance register. Code Y (Unable to attend due to exceptional circumstances) should be used in this instance.
• Where a pupil does not attend school and is not self-isolating, the pupil will be marked as absent. We back headteachers’ judgement and to be pragmatic – having spoken to parents – on whether to authorise such absence, taking into account individual circumstances. We expect, in particular, headteachers will authorise absence where a pupil is not able to attend because of an underlying health condition that means they, or a family member in their household, are particularly vulnerable to coronavirus (COVID-19).
The full guidance can be found here:
The most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves is to wash their hands more often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water. 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.
Watch this short NHS film for guidance:
The e-Bug project is led by Public Health England and has a dedicated webpage for learning resources on hand washing and respiratory hygiene.
Resources are currently available for KS1, KS2 and KS3 and can be used in various settings including schools: