16th March 2020
As you’re probably aware, the government’s guidance on the coronavirus has changed from the ‘contain’ phase to one of delaying the spread of the virus. We’re getting in touch to let you know what we’re doing in light of this, and what we expect from all of you, to help make sure our school community keeps safe and calm.
We’d like to reassure you that at Nettlesworth Primary School we’re taking all of the necessary steps to protect our community and are continuing to follow official guidance from the government and local authority].
What’s the current situation?
- The school remains open – this is the current official guidance we’ve been given
- All school functions continue to run as normal – breakfast and after school clubs will continue
- Pupils should attend unless they feel unwell – if your child has any of the following symptoms they should remain at home for 14 days:
- A new, continuous cough and/or
- A high temperature
- Pupils should also remain at home for 14 days if anyone they live with has the above symptoms
- If your child is unwell or is self-isolating, report this as you would normally by contacting the school office
- We will keep you up to date about any upcoming events/trips and whether they will be cancelled.
- We’ll keep you up to date with any changes to the current situation
What we’re doing to protect and support pupils and staff
We have hot running water and soap available across the site
– We use paper towels to dry hands
– All children are reminded to wash their hands at key points in the recommended way.
– We have had an assembly about germs and good hygiene
– Each class will have a lesson in the next few days about germs and how to have good hygiene.
– We have ordered extra tissues for each class and extra hand gel for the site
– We have stepped up our general cleaning regime and handles are also being wiped down throughout the day.
– Children have their own water bottles, which are sterilised.
What we need you to do
- If you’ve recently changed your contact details, please inform the school office as soon as possible via email/telephone
- Talk to your children about the coronavirus. It’s a scary time and we should make sure children feel supported. BBC Newsround has regular updates for younger children and YoungMinds has practical steps older children can take to help with anxiety
- Come and collect your child straight away, if we ask you to (we’ll contact you if they become ill with either a temperature or a new, continuous cough)
What happens if the school has to close?
We’ll only close if we’re either officially advised to do so or we don’t have enough staff to run the school.
In either case, we’ll:
- Alert parents to closure, via text/e mail and a post on our website
- We’ll let parents know when the school will be reopened via text/email and a post on our website
- Staff to communicate to pupils via email
- Children to have 1 maths and 1 English activity per day (based on current topics if possible)
- Staff to set an additional project / longer task where appropriate
- TT Rockstars
- Daily Reading
Please keep in mind that we’re only sending out this information to help the school community prepare. There are currently no plans to close.
If you have any questions
Please consult the:
- School office, if you have any questions about our response to this issue
- NHS, if you want to know more about the symptoms of coronavirus. If you think you or your child may have the symptoms, use NHS 111 online if at all possible before calling 111
- Department for Education’s coronavirus helpline: 0800 046 8687, if you have any questions about the government’s response to coronavirus in relation to schools
- Government’s travel advice, if you want to know whether any upcoming trip or holiday you’re taking abroad should go ahead
It’s a tricky time and we know you’re worried about the impact this might have on our community. It’s important we keep each other safe and talk about these events to help with any anxiety.
Thank you for your continued support.