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:
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 -
The School / Trust has also taken the following steps to minimise the risks:
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:
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,
Executive Director - Special Partnership Trust