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Tuesday 17 March 2020


Dear Parents, Carers, Guardians and Staff

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Information and advice 

I am writing to give you an update and to provide further information regarding Coronavirus. 

To provide reassurance the School/Trust is being guided by the principles:

  • The safety and wellbeing of all pupils, parents, staff and volunteers.
  • Following government advice and trying to stay open if it is in the national interest.

Obviously, we are unable to provide any certainties at present, but it is important that we respond to all eventualities in a calm and proportionate manner.  Parents, pupils and staff, in particular, require reassurance.  The School/Trust has applied the latest Government advice announced last night to all staff as of today. Here are some key points that the Schools and Trust is applying to all pupils and staff:


Anyone who lives with someone who has a persistent cough or a temperature should stay at home for 14 days.  Pupils and staff that show symptoms during the school days are being sent home.


Staff with long-term medical conditions who are normally advised to have a flu jab (see list below), or staff who are pregnant – have been advised not to come into work from tomorrow, for an initial period of 14 days.  We strongly suggest that those who are pregnant need to self-isolate.


Medical conditions where a flu jab is normally advised are -

  • chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma (that requires an inhaled or tablet steroid treatment, or has led to hospital admission in the past)
  • chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis
  • chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
  • chronic kidney disease
  • chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
  • chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson's disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), a learning disability or cerebral palsy
  • diabetes
  • problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed
  • a weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or medicines such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy
  • being seriously overweight (a BMI of 40 or above)


The School / Trust has also taken the following steps to minimise the risks:

  • Cancelling all school trips, including swimming lessons
  • Avoiding large group gatherings such as assemblies
  • Postponing any planned in school events such as parents’ evenings
  • Reducing the number of visitors that enter the school building to an absolute minimum
  • Postponing any meetings between schools, network meetings, curriculum meetings.
  • Plans are in place to support learners with remote working and support services.


I’m sure you will appreciate this will be challenging to deliver whilst the school remains open.  We will of course continue to communicate

As a reminder, the symptoms are:

•             A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)

•             A new, continuous cough


Preventing spread of infection

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus.  There are general principles anyone can follow to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • washing your hands often - with soap and water, or alcohol sanitiser if handwashing facilities are not available. This is particularly important after taking public transport
  • covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in a bin. See Catch it, Bin it, Kill it
  • people who feel unwell should stay at home and should not attend work or any education or childcare setting
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • avoid close contact with people who are unwell
  • clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • if you are worried about your symptoms or those of a child or colleague, please check the NHS website and if still concerned or have queries please call NHS 111. Do not go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment
  • see further information on the Public Health England Blog and the NHS UK website.

Further advice can be found in the links below:


If the school is directly affected by a case of coronavirus, we will act on the specific advice of Public Health England.  If we are advised to close the school, we will inform parents by email and text message.

We are constantly updating our attendance records for both staff and pupils to ensure that we are able to operate safely.


We will continue to keep you fully informed over the coming days and weeks.  Your full support in going over the items highlighted above with your child today and this evening is much appreciated. 


Thank you for your cooperation,


Kind regards


Guy Chappell

Executive Director - Special Partnership Trust