Dear Parents and Carers,
Update on Coronavirus
As you are aware yesterday, the Government introduced new guidance on whole household isolation in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak:
· if you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started
· if you live with others and you or another member of the household have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill. It is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community
· for anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14-day isolation period.
The symptoms are:
· A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)
· A new, continuous cough
The full stay at home guidance for households with these symptoms can be found here:
Anyone with underlying health conditions have been advised to social distance all information can be found on this website. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people/guidance-on-social-distancing-for-everyone-in-the-uk-and-protecting-older-people-and-vulnerable-adults
We are maintaining regular hand washing to reduce the spread of germs, if any child wishes to bring in their own small soap and keep with them they may.
We have asked children to bring in their own water bottles which should be labelled with child’s name washed and refilled at home for the next day.
As a small school any reduction in staffing may lead to the need for alternative strategies being put into place. For example, the use of supply teachers, teaching assistants covering classes and a reduction in activities. At the forefront of any decisions we make are our children and their health and safety.
We are monitoring the situation regularly and parents will be notified through our text messaging service and social media. Therefore we are asking all parents to ensure that we have up to date contact details for them. Please contact the school office directly to update your details or be added to the systems.
We appreciate your support with this matter, as a school we are trying hard to ensure that all of our school community is kept safe and well. As further information arises we will keep you updated.
Please keep well and follow the guidelines as I know this is a difficult time for all families
COVID-19: prevention and control in school
Following the email we circulated to parents yesterday outlining the preventative measures currently being taken in school, I am writing with a further update. I have had a meeting with the Governors this morning and we have taken the decision to postpone any unnecessary school events from today. This is a precautionary measure to reduce the risk for our school community.
Therefore the following events are being cancelled/postponed;
• Tonight’s FOTB Cinema Night (refunds will be issued next week)
• Year 4 Class Assembly scheduled for Friday 20th March (new date TBC)
• Next week’s Teacher/Parent Meetings postponed for all Year Groups.
However we are looking into alternative arrangements and will be in touch regarding them shortly. If you have any immediate concerns about your child please contact your class teacher directly.
In line with yesterday’s Government announcement, we are also asking all parents to follow the guidance below;
You child needs to stay at home for 7 days if they have either:
• a high temperature
• a new continuous cough
This will help to protect others in our school community while they are infectious. Please ensure that you notify the School Office in the usual way regarding their absence.
We appreciate your understanding and support with this matter. If you have any further concerns please contact me via the School Office (T. 01614324941/Email. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mrs K Muncaster
Infection Control Measures in School
I am contacting you following the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the UK and abroad.
I would like to take this opportunity to outline the preventative measures the school has put in place in order to minimise the spread of infection.
As per the advice from the government, the school has taken the following actions for infection control:
• Encouraging good hygiene by promoting the importance of handwashing for at least 20 seconds with warm water and soap in the following circumstances:
• On arrival at school
• After using the toilet
• After breaks and sporting activities
• Before food preparation
• Before eating any food, including snacks
• Before leaving school
• Ensuring pupils and staff understand that they must cover their cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue away
• Ensuring frequently touched objects and surfaces are cleaned and disinfected more regularly than usual
• Calling NHS 111 if someone becomes unwell and isolating any unwell people in a separate room
• Advising people who have returned from category 1 specified countries/areas in the last 14 days to self-isolate for 14 days – even if they don’t have symptoms – before they return to school and use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do next.
• Advising people who have returned from category 2 specified countries/areas in the last 14 days to stay at home if they develop symptoms and use the
111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do next.
The full list of category 1 and category 2 countries can be found on the government website:
As an important part of our school community, I would ask that you encourage good infection control practices, such as thorough handwashing, at home and keep your child informed about the things they can do to discourage the spread of infection.
Unless your child has tested positive for the coronavirus (and hasn’t been exposed to anyone with the virus), they should attend school as usual unless they are too unwell due to an unrelated illness or they have specifically been advised to self-isolate.
If you think your child may have been exposed to or has coronavirus, please contact the school on Tel. 0161 432 4941 the earliest opportunity.
Mrs Katherine Muncaster
10th March 2020
This year we will be holding an Eggstravaganza in school on Friday 3rd April 2020. The aim is to raise money for the children’s chosen charity; for school and to have some fun!
The junior children will be running stalls in small groups, whilst the infant children will run a stall or activity as a class.
We will also be holding a decorated egg competition; we will be looking for entries where we can see how independent the children have been in their creations! A secret judge will be awarding prizes in the following categories:
- Tithe Barn is 50!
- My favourite book
- Sporting Events
We are looking forward to a successful day and thank you for your support.
Mrs K Muncaster
Our Team of Eco-Warriors
During the autumn we invited interested children from years two to six to apply to fill the role of Tithe Barn Eco-Warriors. We were completely inundated with amazing applications, and now have a team of thirty children, who are all eager to make our school and also the planet a better place.
Just before the Christmas holidays, a team of the older Eco-Warriors embarked on a fact-finding visit to the main Greater Manchester Recycling plant in Sharston. You can view the video they made about the trip and what they found out by scanning the QR code, or following the link below.
To read this Newsletter click here Spring 2020 Eco Newsletter
Public Health England (PHE) is the body through whom all of the latest guidance and information is being produced and distributed. Schools have been advised to include links to the resources rather than producing their own or downloading information produced by others. This means that the latest information will be available through the links rather than schools needing to update already downloaded information as and when new information becomes available.
There are links to the latest resources guidance and advice contained at https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China in December 2019.
Public Health England is working to contact anyone who has been in close contact with people who have coronavirus.
Read the latest information about the situation in the UK, along with guidance for what to do if you think you’re at risk.
Go to NHSUK/coronavirus for information about the virus and how to protect yourself. Use the 111 online coronavirus service to check if you need medical help.
The government has published its coronavirus action plan and expanded its public information campaign.
Number of UK cases and latest test figures.
Read Public Health England’s blog posts about its response to coronavirus and how it uses contact tracing to prevent the spread of infection.
We think it is important to make parents aware that the DfE are keeping schools up to date also. As you would expect there are a great many similarities and duplicates in terms of links.
Department for Education
There is currently a daily email to keep you updated on the government’s response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
Government Coronavirus action plan
This document sets out what the UK as a whole has done to tackle the Coronavirus (COVID-19), and what it plans to do next.
The action plan can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-action-plan
The document includes:
• what we know about the virus and the disease it causes
• how we have planned for an infectious disease outbreak, such as the current coronavirus outbreak
• the actions we have taken so far in response to the current coronavirus outbreak
• what we are planning to do next, depending upon the course the current coronavirus outbreak takes
• the role the public can play in supporting this response, now and in the future
Current advice remains in place: No school should close in response to a suspected (or confirmed) COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England.
The importance of hygiene
Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19, especially washing hands more; and the catch it, bin it, kill it strategy for those with coughs and sneezes.
Please help us in sharing simple and effective hand hygiene messages.
Wash your hands more often for 20 seconds with soap and water. Or use hand sanitiser. Protect yourself and others.
— NHS (@NHSuk) March 4, 2020
Public Health England has a dedicated webpage with a range of posters and digital materials at:
Sign up is quick, free and means you will be alerted as more resources are made available.
Department for Education Coronavirus helpline
On 02 March we launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
Where to find the latest information
Updates on COVID-19:
• https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus• https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19
Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:
These links are where we will all find the latest information and guidance and the information is updated at least daily.
On 03 March there was a Downing Street press conference which is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/pm-statement-at-coronavirus-press-conference-3-march-2020