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Update 17th March 2020

Please see update below following advice from the Local Authority and DFE.

I am sure you are aware that the current situation seems to change daily.

 

Today we have been advised by the local authority that all staff with long term medical conditions who are normally advised to have a flu jab or staff who are pregnant shouldn’t be in work from today.  The list of these medical conditions include: long term asthma, lung, heart, kidney, liver disease or any neurological condition, diabetes, or weakened immune system.

 

In addition any staff who have a family member who is self-isolating because of a new continuous cough or high temperature, in line with the NHS ‘Stay at Home’ guidance, should not come to work for 14 days.

 

There is currently no guidelines regarding children with any of these conditions. However we do understand if parents wish to self-isolate a child with any of these conditions.

 

The new government guidance as of yesterday includes these new measures:

  1. Anyone with a fever or persistent cough should stay at home for seven days if they live alone or 14 days if they live with others.
  2. If anyone living at home is displaying the above symptoms, then everyone should stay at home for 14 days.
  3. Everyone should stop non-essential contact with others, especially if over 70, pregnant or with underlying health conditions.

The government has also introduced social distancing and people should avoid pubs, clubs and theatres and stop unnecessary travel.

 

We therefore are recommending for our school:

  1. Ensure you follow the guidelines above
  2. If you are worried about your child for any of the above reasons, then please keep them at home
  3. Due to the social distancing guidelines, we suggest that parents are sensible about standing apart when dropping off their children and picking up on the playground.
  4. If you would like to drop your child off a bit earlier or later to avoid being close to others on the playground, then please do. We also encourage you not to linger and to avoid large gatherings.

 

The government is currently keeping schools open. At the moment we are able to manage with the staff we have in school. However if staff numbers are such that we cannot operate safely, we may  have to consider closing the school. At the moment we have had no information regarding when or if schools will close.

 

We are trying to keep things as normal as possible for the children and to reassure them when needed.  We are continuing with our hand washing routines and spacing children out more when eating lunch and in assembly.

 

Any concerns, do contact the office or Mrs Kenzie.


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