23rd March Coronavirus Update
The latest information from the government for parents and carers regarding schools during the coronavirus outbreak can be found by following this link:
This web page provides up to date answers to questions that many parents and carers are currently asking about school provision for vulnerable pupils or pupils with parents who are key-workers and free school meals. Please contact the school office if you have a direct question about your child and these lists.
As from tomorrow 24th March 2020 we are providing a packed lunch for any pupils eligible for FSM. Please contact the office if you wish to order one for your child/ren. We are also currently working hard to organise FSM vouchers. More information about this will be published shortly.
Please follow the government's current guidelines which is to stay at home as much as possible to avoid the spread of this virus.
If you wish to drop any of your child's work into school to be marked please call at reception between 9am and 10am Monday to Friday. We can also arrange additional work for your child/ren please contact the office or your child/ren's teacher direct on the dojo messaging system to arrange this.
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 this helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday), 10am to 4pm (Saturday to Sunday)
If you work in school, please have your unique reference number (URN or UK PRN) available when calling the hotline.
Updates on COVID-19:
Guidance for educational settings:
Guidance for social or community care and residential settings:
Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:
Latest Department for Education information:
You can help to slow the spread of Coronavirus
- Make sure you and your children follow these general principles to prevent spreading any respiratory virus:
- Wash your hands often – with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or an alcohol-based sanitiser if soap and water aren’t available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- If you feel unwell, stay at home and don’t attend work or school.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home.
- If you’re worried about your symptoms, please call NHS 111 – don’t go directly to your GP.
On Thursday 12th March, the Government announced that we are moving from the Contain phase of the coronavirus action plan and into the Delay phase, in response to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Full details of each stage in the government action plan can be found here:
To support the delay of the spread of the virus, the Department for Health has asked anyone who shows certain symptoms to stay at home for 7 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 7 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.