Coronavirus Update - 16th March 2020
Coronavirus Update – 16th March
Following on from the communication sent home via Parent Mail on Friday evening, I wanted to share with you the latest measures we are putting in place to safeguard pupils, parents and staff in our three schools.
As previously mentioned, we continue to receive daily advice from Public Health England (PHE) and the Department for Education.
We are diligently following advice with regards to:
- Regular reminders for children to wash their hands (and this is being scheduled four times a day)
- Giving reminders about good respiratory hygiene
- Increasing our cleaning schedule to pay attention to contact areas
- Being vigilant for symptoms (high temperature / cough)
We are receiving increasing notifications of decisions to self-isolate and we respectfully remind parents that the guidance for this is a high temperature of 37.8 degrees, flu like symptoms and a new continuous cough.
If you are self-isolating please telephone the school to inform us of this decision so that we can record the first day of absence correctly. Once you have made the decision to self-isolate we will not expect a child to return to school before 7 days of absence has passed. If your child is absent for other medical reasons please let us know so that we understand when a return to school would be expected.
Please take time to check that we have the latest contact details, telephone numbers for your child in school. Please use email and online payments to minimise visits to school where possible.
This week, teachers will be updating their Class Blogs (via the school website) to show a list of recommended on line learning resources that you can use with your child, whilst they remain at home. The large majority of these will take the form of practice of core skills. Introducing new learning as demonstrated by a teacher in a lesson is not possible. Similarly, we ask that you mark the work your child completes at home. Should you not have the ability to access learning online, please inform the school office, we will endeavour to provide alternative resources. If the government decide to introduce any form of school closure for a period of time, we will communicate with you the additional measures and resources that will be used to support children whilst learning at home.
- In addition to these measures, we have also taken the decision to minimise non-essential meetings and visitors to reduce the risk whilst we remain open. At the moment there are music concerts (Recorders, Rock Steady etc.) scheduled to take place, these will go ahead but without an external audience present. Unless instructed otherwise, school trips will continue to go ahead but with additional hygiene measures in place. Mountbatten School has cancelled all sporting fixtures, we continue to provide after/before school clubs and activities for our children.
We will send further communications regarding any changes on a class by class, meeting / event basis. Similarly, we will provide further guidance about planned residential visits and activities in the coming days and weeks.
This is a fast changing situation and one which causes great anxiety for many people. We recognise this and continue to respect the decisions and precautions you take for your own family.