CORONAVIRUS UPDATE Letter to Parents 17.3.2020
Every day on the news at 6pm, the prime minister is keeping us informed regarding the coronavirus crisis. Please watch this and I will place a summary on the school website where you can use google translate if you need to help you understand the key messages. This letter will also be on the school website which you can use to translate.
Together we can and will support each other through this crisis.
From this point on all messages will come through our school APP and website, please make sure you have access to these platforms.
What are we doing?
To reduce social contact:
- We are cancelling all trips. All families will be fully refunded.
- We are cancelling swimming for the last 3 sessions starting tomorrow. All families will be fully refunded.
- We will also be cancelling all assemblies including the Year 3 celebration of learning.
To minimise risk:
- We are sending children and staff home if they show signs of a persistent cough or temperature.
- Children and staff are regularly washing their hands, and extra cleans are taking place through the school day.
- Advising pregnant women not to come onto the school site.
- Continue to teach classes, providing as much continuity as possible.
- Prepare homework packs ready for collection, this will be for children in self-isolation or if the school closes. You will be able to collect these from the main hall, and are hoping to have them for Friday afternoon.
- If any child is showing signs of a persistent cough or temperature, they will be asked to go home. All members of the household must then self-isolate for 14 days.
- Pregnant women should minimise social contact and not come onto school site.
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
Who is ‘vulnerable’?
It appears people who are older, those with weakened immune systems (e.g. undergoing chemotherapy) 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.
What is Self-isolation?
This means that you must stay at home and avoid social contact with others as much as possible. This will help to stop the spread of the virus and help us to protect our families.
Everyone in your household should stay at home for 14 days if you have coronavirus symptoms.
If you have a vulnerable adult in your home, try to move them to a different home if they are unaffected. If you can’t do this, try and keep a distance of 2m from them, and if possible let them use their own bathroom.
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. This will help to stop the virus from spreading to other already sick people.
You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you are staying at home. The NHS will be very busy trying to help those of us who are affected the most.
We all have family members that we are worried about so how can we help each other?
Don’t panic – follow NHS advice. Make sure NHS lines are clear for those that are most severely affected.
Think about your neighbours. Are they vulnerable? Could you offer to shop for them and drop the food outside their door?
Isolating the elderly or other individuals can be damaging to their mental health – consider regular contact via video chat?
“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”