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Coronavirus update

    Latest Advice - 23/03/20

    In line with the Prime Ministers announcement this evening please do not send your child into      school if it  is not absolutely necessary.

   Advice - 23/03/20

   In light of the latest announcements the Government are asking schools and child care                 providers to limit the number of children in school so that they remain safe places for children     who absolutely need to attend. Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be, to       limit the chance of the virus spreading both within school and in homes. 

   Thank you for your continued support.

    Advice - 16/03/20

    We are now in unprecedented times.  The COVD-19 virus and the subsequent advice from the      Government is causing disruption and anxiety across the country.  The latest guidance shared      during a press conference led by the Prime Minister and his advisors this evening outlined            NEW measures:

  1. Anyone who lives with someone who has a cough or a temperature should stay at home for 14 days
  2. People should start working from home where they possibly can
  3. Avoid pubs, clubs, theatres and other such social venues
  4. Only use the NHS when we really need to
  5. From tomorrow, the government will no longer be "supporting" mass gatherings using emergency workers
  6. There is also increased concern for the elderly, ill people and those that are pregnant.

    My advice would be that if you are concerned, then please visit 111 online at or          alternatively if you need further clarification then phone NHS 111, who may transfer you to            Public Health England to seek advice from health care professionals.  If you make the                    decision to self-isolate your child for 14 days then please inform the school either by email to or via the answerphone or school office.  Please note if      any child displays symptoms in school, whether new or existing e.g. a continuous cough or          temperature, we will contact parents and ask them to take the child home and isolate for 14        days in line with Government advice.

    The school will continue to remain open until advised otherwise, however this new advice will      also impact on staff and their families, if they develop symptoms. Please be assured that we        will do everything we can to continue as normal, however the safety of children remains                paramount.  Should the school need to close completely, or partially we have a contingency          plan in place to continue to educate pupils remotely. We will provide you with further                      information should the need arise. 

    If you have any concerns or would like further information then please visit the Public Health        England site on:

    Thank you for your continued support during this time.

    Mrs M Murphy

    Advice – 13/03/2020

    Do I need to self-isolate?

   Everyone with flu-like symptoms, from today, defined as a fever of above 37.8C or a persistent     cough - is being asked to stay at home for at least seven days.

   Anyone who has travelled to an affected area, or who has been in close contact with an                 infected person, had already been asked to self-isolate for 14 days.

   Spending 15 minutes within 2m (6ft) of someone with the virus, or having face-to-face                   contact, is judged as close contact and a significant risk.

   Public Health England has released new guidance for those staying at home with confirmed       or suspected cases of coronavirus.

    The advice states:

  • Not to go to work, school, or public areas, use public transport or taxis - or even for a walk
  • Those with even mild symptoms of infection should stay at least two metres away from other people in their homes, and should sleep alone
  • Those with confirmed or suspected cases should use a separate bathroom

    The delay phase aims to lower the peak impact of the virus and push it away from the winter        season - when pressures on the NHS are more acute because of issues including seasonal           flu. Delaying the outbreak's impact could also buy time for the testing of drugs and                        development of vaccines and/or improved therapies or tests to help reduce the impact of the      disease. (Source BBC).

    We continue to monitor the advice from the Government and the NHS on a daily basis. As you      will appreciate events are continually changing and we will continue as normal, until there is a      clear directive to do something different.

    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 running water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin or cough or sneeze into the crook of your elbow, rather than your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home.

     If your child is unwell and presents with flu-like symptoms, please do not send them into           school. If you are worried about their symptoms, please visit 111 online at –             don’t go directly to  your GP or other healthcare environments.

    Coronavirus School Closure Procedure

    Our school will only be closed if one or more of the following conditions apply:

  • on instruction from the Department for Education.
  • on advice, if there is a confirmed case within our school community.

   The decision to open school, or not, will be communicated to staff and parents via ParentMail,     Twitter & the school website as soon as the decision is made.

   Home Learning

   In the event of school closure, please be assured that we have in place a contingency plan to       continue to educate pupils remotely. We will provide you with further information should the         need arise.