Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update (most recent update 17th March 2020)
As it stands, the Government have decided to keep schools open, so that is what we will do! We want to keep you updated as regularly as possible, keeping in mind the seriousness of the current situation, whilst remaining calm and making sensible decisions aimed at safeguarding our children and families.
Therefore, there are several important pieces of information that need to be communicated with you:
· If your child develops a new, dry, continuous cough and / or a high temperature above 37.8 degrees, they must now self isolate for a period of 14 days. If you keep your child off school because they are self isolating, this will be an authorised absence, in the same way that illness is. If you have been advised that they should self isolate for any other reason (eg a confirmed case in your family), this will also be an authorised absence.
IF ANYONE IN YOUR HOUSEHOLD DEVELOPS A NEW, DRY, CONTINUOUS COUGH AND / OR A HIGH TEMPERATURE ABOVE 37.8 DEGREES , EVERYONE IN YOUR HOUSEHOLD SHOULD SELF-ISOLATE FOR 14 DAYS, EVEN IF THEY ARE NOT THE PERSON WHO IS CURRENTLY UNWELL. THIS WILL BE AN AUTHORISED ABSENCE FOR ALL CHILDREN IN YOUR HOUSEHOLD WHO ARE SELF ISOLATING.
PLEASE FOLLOW THE GOVERNMENT'S STAY AT HOME GUIDANCE TO THE LETTER (LINK BELOW)
· DFE guidance at the moment is that as school is open, all children should be in school unless they are self isolating or otherwise unwell. However, if you have any concerns about your child’s attendance, I am available to talk with you about this.
· I will be restricting adult visitors into the school building until the end of the Easter Holidays, initially. If you volunteer in school, we are very grateful for all the work you have done with our children so far, but please do not come into school to volunteer now until after the Easter Holidays.
· Sporting events and tournaments in other settings—our children will not be attending any of these that are taking place on a school day, even if the event is still running. This means we will not be sending children to any of these events. Cross country at Newbury Showground has already been cancelled for Tuesday 16th March by the event organisers. Choir will also not be taking part in the Concert with the Kingsclere Singers at Church on Friday, 27th March, which also means they will not be attending the rehearsal on 23rd March.
· Regional football finals on Saturday 21st March HAVE NOW BEEN CANCELLED BY THE ORGANISER.
· Class assemblies scheduled for the rest of this term will not be taking place and will be rescheduled.
· The Easter service in the Church will not be taking place.
· The PTA Quiz night has already been postponed.
· Breakfast club and after school clubs will still be taking place, as they are an extension of the school day.
· School trips between now and the Easter Holidays will be rescheduled.
· The school will stay open as long as that is the current Government Guidance. However, I may have to make the decision to close for a short period of time should staffing levels drop to a point that it is unsafe for us to remain open. Should this happen, it will be communicated with you quickly, via text message, the website and the Hampshire school Closure page.
· Please refer to the COVID-19 action plan sent home last week and available on the website, as this gives clear guidance about the steps we will take as a school should we need to close for any period of time.
Current Government Health Advice:
This applies to children and adults. Please monitor your children carefully for the symptoms described.
Current guidance about self isolating at home:
Please keep an eye on your emails (including the junk folder) and the website as information will be updated on there also.
Thank you, as always, for your understanding. Please look after yourselves and stay healthy. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.