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School partial reopening from 1st June 2020

Phased reopening of school letter. 19.05.2020

14th May 2020 - Newest guidance from the Department for Education for parents:

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Critical Workers list - updated 14th May2020:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision

 

Updated document regarding the reopening of schools from 1st June - updated 11th May :

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/reopening-schools-and-other-educational-settings-from-1-june

 

Updated guidance for parents and carers - updated 11th May 2020

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers

1st April 2020

 

Guidance for parents and carers: keeping children safe online

We have updated our information for parents and carers to include a section on keeping children safe online. It provides links to online resources that will help support parents and carers in keeping their children safe online.

Full details can be found in section 6.3 of the guidance for parents and carers on the closure of educational settings:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers

 

Collection of guidance for educational settings on GOV.​UK

All of the Department for Education’s coronavirus guidance for educational settings can now be found in one place on GOV.​UK at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-schools-and-other-educational-settings

Our main guidance for schools, the ‘school closures guidance’, will be regularly kept up to date. Any new advice for schools on specific issues, such as food, exams or safeguarding, will be linked from it:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-school-closures

 

Handwashing advice

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.

The latest guidance and video on hand washing can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

 

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 this helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday), 10am to 4pm (Saturday to Sunday)

Please note, we are currently experiencing high volumes of calls. We appreciate your patience at this time and apologise for any wait that you may experience. To ensure that we answer your calls as quickly as possible, we have now extended our opening hours to cover weekends and are increasing the number of call handlers available to answer your calls.

If you work in a school, please have your unique reference number (URN or UKPRN) available when calling the hotline.

 

18th March 2020

 

Good evening,
As I am sure you will have seen on the news this evening, schools will be closing at the end of the school day on Friday, with no indication of when we will reopen. The Prime Minister has announced that the children of key workers will still need to be educated, and also that children in receipt of free school meals will need to be fed, but at this time we have no further details. I wish that we did, but please bear with us whilst the Government decides what we must do.
Many thanks for your understanding in these uncertain times.

17th March 2020

 

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:

Handwashing advice

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:

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 this helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday), 10am to 4pm (Saturday to Sunday)

Please note, we are currently experiencing high volumes of calls. We appreciate your patience at this time and apologise for any wait that you may experience. To ensure that we answer your calls as quickly as possible, we have now extended our opening hours to cover weekends and are increasing the number of call handlers available to answer your calls.

If you work in a school, please have your unique reference number (URN or UK PRN) available when calling the hotline.

Where to find the latest information

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:

Educational resources:

Latest Department for Education information:

16th March 2020

 

We received our daily update from the Department for Education at 1.42pm, but at 5.20ish, when the Prime Minister delivered his daily briefing this is what was said:

 

'Anyone who lives with someone who has a cough or a temperature should stay at home for 14 days'

 

The DfE daily email is below:

 

Today, the Department for Education and Public Health England have issued updated guidance for education settings on COVID-19. This guidance will assist staff in addressing COVID-19 in educational settings. This includes childcare, schools, further and higher educational institutions.

What you need to know:

  • staff, young people and children should stay at home if they are unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature to avoid spreading infection to others. Otherwise they should attend education or work as normal
  • if staff, young people or children become unwell on site with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature they should be sent home
  • clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces more often than usual using your standard cleaning products
  • supervise young children to ensure they wash their hands for 20 seconds more often than usual with soap and water or hand sanitiser and catch coughs and sneezes in tissues

The updated guidance can be found here:

 

 

 

15th March 2020

 

Letter sent to parents:

 

15th March 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

RE: CORONAVIRUS – ADDITIONAL SCHOOL ACTIONS

 

As announced by the Prime Minister, schools are NOT closing at the moment. However, some very clear advice has been issued:

 

If your child shows symptoms of Coronavirus, (a high temperature, 37.8 or above, and/or a new, continuous cough) he/she is to stay at home for SEVEN days.

 

At St Mary’s we are following a staged and sensible risk assessment. The following measures are already in place:

  • Teachers are using hand washing posters, a variety of songs and videos to illustrate good hand hygiene habits.
  • Additional cleaning programme – staff are cleaning high use areas such as taps, door plates, door handles, ipads, at lunchtime and after school.
  • Additional hand cleaning in place, both with soap and water and with anti-bac hand gel. We have purchased E45 for children with sensitive skin as we have noticed that some children’s hands have become red with the additional hand washing.

 

These measures will be in place from tomorrow, Monday 16th March:

Delay measures:

  • We would ask that you keep your children at home for seven days if they are showing symptoms. We understand from the latest government guidance that they will not be testing those with mild symptoms.
  • We will be taking temperatures if we are worried about high temperatures.
  • There will be no ‘carpet time’, and children will be sitting at their desks.
  • All whole school Collective Worship will be cancelled up until Easter. Collective Worship will take place in the children’s classrooms. This will be reviewed as time goes on.
  • In order to try and ease the high volume and close proximity at the start of the school day, we are extending arrival time to 9.30am. We understand that many of you need to get to work, but if you feel that you would like to bring your child in later to avoid being in a crowded space, then please do so, up to 9.30am.
  • We are cancelling swimming lessons and all school trips up until the Easter holidays, as well as the Easter Service. Currently, Parents’ Meetings will still be going ahead, but will take place in classrooms as this will reduce the number of people gathering in one place.

 

We are taking these measures to delay the spread of the virus and hope that parents support and understand why we have to do this, given the circumstances. We are receiving no specific guidance from Public Health England or from the Government, and so we are trying to make the right decisions based on the knowledge that we have, which is the same as all of you have.

 

As we are given more information or more guidance, we will make judgements based on that and will of course keep you informed. We do none of this lightly.

 

Thank you for your continued support.

 

Kind regards,

 

Morwenna Dunstan

13th March 2020

 

Government announces move from Contain to Delay phase

Yesterday, 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 and Social Care 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.

COVID-19 travel guidance for the education sector

The Government has issued new travel guidance for the education sector. This advises against all overseas education trips for children under 18. This does not apply to domestic trips, or overseas trips which are already underway.

The full guidance can be found here:

Handwashing advice

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:

Educational resources

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:

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 this helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday), 10am to 4pm (Saturday to Sunday)

Please note, we are currently experiencing high volumes of calls and apologise for any wait that you may experience. To ensure that we answer your calls as quickly as possible we have now extended our opening hours to cover weekends.

If you work in a school, please have your unique reference number (URN or UK PRN) available when calling the hotline.

Where to find the latest information

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:

Educational resources:

Latest Department for Education information:

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