4th Letter to Parents 20.3.2020
The government gave schools some further advice about the closure.
The main aim is to keep us all 'socially isolated' so that we can together stop the spread of the virus. The first priority is for parents to keep children at home and away from other children. This means the school will not be open at all.
You can contact us by email and I will keep sending information to help you during this period. Staying physically and mentally healthy will be important.
Try to establish a routine, set a time for your alarm, get everyone up and dressed.
Decide what you will do first thing after breakfast every day.
Build in a time for everyone to exercise, there are some great videos you can follow on the internet, and some ideas have been given in your homework packs for the children. (Don't forget yourselves as adults though!)
Limit screen time! There is some guidance here.
Set a bed time.
Remember we are still here to help and will continue to stay in touch. We will not be answering the phone, but if you email with your telephone number we will call you back.
What do you need to do to 'socially isolate'?
Social distancing measures are steps you can take to reduce the social interaction between people. This will help reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).
- Avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough
- Avoid non-essential use of public transport, varying your travel times to avoid rush hour, when possible
- Work from home, where possible. Your employer should support you to do this. Please refer to employer guidance for more information
- Avoid large gatherings, and gatherings in smaller public spaces such as pubs, cinemas, restaurants, theatres, bars, clubs
- Avoid gatherings with friends and family. Keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media
- Use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services
Everyone should be trying to follow these measures as much as is pragmatic.
Handwashing and respiratory hygiene
There are general principles you can follow to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
- washing your hands more often - with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use a hand sanitiser when you get home or into work, when you blow your nose, sneeze or cough, eat or handle food
- avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- avoid close contact with people who have symptoms
- cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin and wash your hands
- clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home
Remember, do not go to the Doctor or ring NHS 111 straight away (see advice below).
Most people recover from coronavirus quickly after a few days' rest. For some people, it can be more severe and, in rare cases, life-threatening. The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu:
- a cough
- a high temperature
- shortness of breath
It appears people who are older, those with weakened immune systems and people who have underlying chronic conditions including asthma, diabetes or heart disease are more at risk of severe effects. Further information can be found on the BBC news website - click here. If you are concerned about your child being more vulnerable, please talk to us.
(Taken from NHS England)
Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms
Stay at home for 14 days if you or any member of your household have either:
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home.
Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:
- you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
- your condition gets worse
- your symptoms do not get better after 7 days
How coronavirus is spread
Because it's a new illness, we do not know exactly how coronavirus spreads from person to person.
Similar viruses are spread in cough droplets.
It's very unlikely it can be spread through things like packages or food.
wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
always wash your hands when you get home or into work
use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean