SCHOOL CLOSURE

**IMPORTANT INFORMATION- SCHOOL CLOSURE**

It was announced by the government yesterday that all schools will close as of FRIDAY 20th MARCH, 2020 in order to help stop the spread of the Coronavirus. Schools will remain closed until further notice- we do not know if that means weeks or months but we will keep you informed of any new information as it is announced. Schools have not yet been given full information on what these closures will look like, and we will let you know as soon as we know.

Over the coming days we are aiming to get as much information to you as possible via this page and over Twitter. This will include ideas of learning that can be carried out at home, how you can keep in touch and any further developments on the school situation.

~HOME LEARNING IDEAS AND ADVICE CAN NOW BE FOUND IN THE 'PARENTS' SECTION OF THE WESBITE UNDER 'HOME LEARNING'~

We know this is a worrying time for so many of us, and the thought of not seeing our children for an extended period of time makes us all extremely sad and worried. However, we know that their safety and the safety of their families is of paramount importance at this time therefore we will be following all government guidance.

Thank you for your support, we will get through this unprecedented time by sticking together.

Elinor

 

 

We know that many of you are concerned about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and we have had many queries about the next steps for the school. We are following the Government advice of Mondy 16th March, 2020 and asking that if your child has a high temperature or new, persistant cough then you DO NOT send them into nursery. Please see guidance below:

To support the delay of the spread of the virus, the Department for Health and Social Care has asked anyone who shows certain symptoms AND THE FAMILY OF THOSE WITH THESE SYMPTOMS are to stay at home for 14 DAYS, regardless of whether they have travelled to affected areas. This means people should stay at home and avoid all but essential contact with others for 14 DAYS from the point of displaying mild symptoms, to slow the spread of infection.

The symptoms are:

·         A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)

·         A new, continuous cough

You do not need to call NHS 111 to stay at home. If your symptoms worsen during your stay at home period or are no better after 7 days contact NHS 111 online at 111.nhs.uk. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.

Current advice remains in place: no education or children’s social care setting should close in response to a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England.

The Chief Medical Officer has advised that the impact of closing schools on both children’s education and on the workforce will be substantial, but the benefit to public health may not be. Decisions on future advice to schools will be taken based on the latest and best scientific evidence, which at this stage suggests children are a lower risk group.

 

We understand that some parents may wish to keep their child off as a precautionary measure. This is at your discretion, however you must let the school know if this is what you are planning to do.

We will keep parents updated via text message and the school website, should there be any change to this advice or further updates from the government. Please see the table below for a summary of government advice: