Coronavirus Update

17th March 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

Update on action taken to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus

The government are asking anyone who shows the following symptoms to self-isolate (stay at home) for 14 days.

The symptoms are:

  • A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)
  • A new continuous cough

If your child develops a persistent cough or has a temperature whilst at school, we will send your child home.

If your child shows symptoms in the morning when getting ready for school, please keep them off school. We have too many vulnerable children, staff, parents and carers to take risks.

The following links will enable you to access the most up to date advice and guidance regarding coronavirus.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

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

Advice about Anxiety and Coronavirus

There is some common-sense advice about feeling anxious which can be accessed via The Mental Health Foundation at https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/looking-after-your-mental-health-during-coronavirus-outbreak

In summary, the advice recommends the following:

  • Avoid speculation or sensationalist gossip as this leads to heightened anxiety. Try to access good quality information. On that note, as regards school, the best quality information will be via our Weduc App.
  • Follow hygiene advice such as washing your hands for 20 seconds. We are repeating lessons on effective handwashing with your children. They are washing hands regularly.
  • Try to stay connected with others for support. Make sure you update school at least weekly if you are self-isolating.
  • Talk to your children. Be factual, age appropriate and try to avoid over-exposure to minimise the negative impact. (More advice is available on the website above.)
  • Try to manage how you follow the outbreak in the media e.g. catch-up at specific times of the day rather than following constantly or watching the news just before bed-time.

School remains open. Plans are in place if we need to close

As a precautionary measure, we have put in place a contingency plan to support learning of our pupils in the event of a school closure due to coronavirus. Links will be posted on the school website or via Weduc. As of this morning, we are not aware of any confirmed cases although we do have children who are self-isolating with their families as a precaution. We intend to stay open for as long as possible or until we are advised to shut. By following the guidance in this newsletter you can help us safeguard all and keep school open.

School Events, Clubs, Breakfast Club and After School Clubs

Breakfast Club, After School Clubs and Poplars After School care will carry on as normal with the exception of the school choir and swimming. The last choir session, which was scheduled for next Monday, is now cancelled as there are over 50 children in one hall. All extra school events including swimming and all assemblies are now cancelled until further notice.

Breakfast Club and After School Clubs are an essential service for parents and children. Having undertaken a risk assessment, they have not been cancelled because they either have a small number of pupils or, as in the case of Breakfast Club, allow for strict hygiene measures and  appropriate social distancing.

A final plea to parents.

I am proud to lead this school. Your children are amazing as are our staff and we have a community to be proud of.  Please help us by following the advice and do not spread gossip and rumour as they are as pernicious as this virus. If you are in any doubt, pick up the phone or come and speak to me directly.

If we can help in any way we will do our best for your children and their families. If you are self-isolating, please pick up the phone every few days to update us and to let us know you and your children are all safe.

 I will update you as soon as we have any further information.

Best wishes,

Mark Westmoreland

Headteacher