13 March 2020
Dear Parents and Carers,
Coronavirus – UPDATE
As you will all be aware from media coverage, the situation with the Coronavirus is a rapidly changing one. I appreciate this will be a very worrying time for many of you. I want to reassure you that all the staff here at Curnow School are following all the guidance that is available for schools. At the moment, this means that the school continues to operate as it usually does – pupils are attending off site activities and visitors are coming in and out of school. This will continue unless the guidance changes.
We are aware that many of our learners have medical conditions that make them particularly vulnerable, so we are being cautious whilst trying to maintain as much normality as possible. We are asking all visitors to sanitise their hands on entering the buildings.
Pupils and staff are being reminded to follow the advice on hand washing and have received guidance on how to do this as effectively as possible. Parents and staff are requested to follow the available advice and notify the school if they become unwell / have symptoms and will self-isolate. Please also let us know if any of our learners may have been in contact with anyone positively diagnosed.
The importance of hygiene
Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19, especially washing hands more; and using the “catch it, bin it, kill it” strategy for those with coughs and sneezes.
How to wash your hands properly:
Wash your hands more often for 20 seconds with soap and hot water.
Watch this short NHS film for guidance:
Teach young children how to wash their hands with the NHS handwashing song:
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.
Please can I ask you not to send your child into school if they show any of the symptoms regularly associated with Coronavirus and to self-isolate for 7 days in accordance with current advice. We would advise you to seek the appropriate medical advice via 111 or the NHS online support. The symptoms include one or all of the following:
• a persistent dry cough
• a high temperature
• shortness of breath
Some of our young people are very medically vulnerable and we would ask for your co-operation with this to ensure we keep all our learners as safe as we possibly can please. If any learners present with these symptoms in school, we will be ringing you asking you to collect them from school, please ensure the school has all up to date information in relation to contact telephone numbers.
If your child is medically vulnerable and you have any concerns, you can contact the school to discuss these; we do understand how worrying the current situation is for our families of those most at risk. If you feel that you wish to keep your child off school as an additional precaution, this absence will be authorised but please contact us to discuss this.
Should learners show symptoms over night or during the weekend, please contact the school and the absence will be authorised. It is important for parents / carers to contact the school daily to report a pupil’s absence.
We are already experiencing the effect of change in advice with both staff and pupils absent from school advised to self-isolate – please be clear this is the precautionary measure now in place and NOT any confirmed case linked to school.
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)
Further information can be found on the following link;
Please do not hesitate to contact school if you have questions or queries. We will continue to provide as much information as possible.
Thank you for your cooperation.