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Update on Coronavirus 17th March 2020

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:

· https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance

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

Kind Regards

Katherine Muncaster


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