COVID-19 Information Update
19th March 2020
If you feel that you or your child has symptoms contact NHS 111 online or call 111.
Current Situation (as of Tuesday 17th March)
There are no confirmed cases of coronavirus in any member of the school community (i.e. staff, pupil, parent, governor) however we do recognise that people who are symptomatic are no longer being tested.
We have a number of families who are self-isolating as a precautionary measure.
The guidance on self-isolation has now changed:
- Anyone with symptoms will need to self-isolate for 14 days, not 7 days
- If they're living with someone with symptoms, they'll also need to self-isolate for 14 days. This includes children.
The school remains open. All main school functions continue as normal including our extended school facility.
Parental Consultations which were due to take place next week have now been postponed.
All activities in which we are predicting a large number of people in a confined area are now cancelled or postponed. These include the following:
- Tag Rugby After School Club Friday 20th March, 27th March, 3rd April
- EYFS stay & play Friday 20th March
- Parent consultations & Book Fair week beginning 23rd March
- Years 3&4 Monday 23rd March
- Nursery & Reception Tuesday 24th March
- Years 2 & 1JC Wednesday 25th March
- Years 5 & 6 Thursday 26th March
- Year 1MH Wednesday 1st April
- Rock Steady Concert Wednesday 1st April
- Reception trip to Leeds Castle 2nd April
Year 5 swimming is currently still running but we will continue to review this and keep parents updated.
Information About Coronavirus
The incubation period for this strain of coronavirus (COVID-19) is between 2 to 14 days. That means if a person is well 14 days after contact with someone with a confirmed case, they haven't been infected.
What are the symptoms?
- Difficulty in breathing
- High temperature
The virus can cause more severe symptoms in those with weakened immune systems. However, there's no evidence that children are more affected than other age groups.
How does it spread?
The virus is most likely to spread when someone has close contact (i.e. within 2 metres or less) with an infected person.
When an infected person coughs or sneezes, they produce droplets that contain the virus. These droplets are likely to be the most important means of transmission, as:
- Droplets can be directly transferred into the mouths or noses of people who have close contact
- Someone may become infected by touching a surface or object (e.g. a door knob) that's been contaminated with the droplets and then touching their own mouth, nose or eyes
There's currently no good evidence that people who don't have symptoms are infectious to others.
Families Returning from Abroad
If you have been in a category 1 country or area in the past 14 days
- Wuhan city and Hubei province, China
- Daegu or Cheongdo, South Korea
You should contact NHS 111 for advice, and:
- Self-isolate for 14 days after leaving the country or area
- If you become unwell, call NHS 111 immediately for an assessment (or 999 if they require emergency medical attention)
If you have been in a category 2 country or area in the past 14 days
- China (other than Wuhan city or Hubei province)
- Hong Kong
- South Korea (other than Daegu or Cheongdo)
If you are well, you don't need to avoid contact with other people and can continue to attend school or work.
If you become unwell, they should:
- Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people
- Call NHS 111 immediately for an assessment
If you have been anywhere else
There's no need to avoid normal activities or school, unless you have had contact with a confirmed case.
Anyone who has had close contact with a confirmed case should contact NHS 111 for further advice.
If you have family members who've been abroad
If you have family members who've travelled to a category 2 country or area and who are well, you don't need to:
- Take any precautions, or
- Make any changes to their own activities
Frequently Asked Questions
What actions have the school taken so far to prevent the spread of coronavirus?
- We have stopped whole-school assemblies and these are now taking place in class or in year groups.
- Staff are asking children to wash their hands on arrival at school and on leaving school in addition to the normal times (i.e. before eating and after using the toilet).
- All visitors to the school are asked to sanitise their hands before entry.
- Cleaning materials have been provided to every classroom; this is in addition to the regular clean after school.
- Premises staff will be cleaning all handles and fittings in the toilets just prior to lunchtimes; this is in addition to the regular clean after school.
What happens if the school has to close?
We will only close if we are officially advised to do so or we don’t have enough staff to run the school.
In either case, we will:
- Alert you to the closure via our school website, our Twitter account, email and text message.
- We will aim to update our school website daily.
- We have set up a system for home learning whereby the children will be sent their learning each morning by 9am to be completed, photographed and then emailed back to the class teacher, by 4pm each day. This will be supported by a range of web based resources. We will spend time showing the children how these will work and also share this information with families.
We must emphasise that we are only putting out this information to help the school community prepare. There are currently no plans to close.
I've been advised by my doctor or NHS 111 to self-isolate, does this mean my children need to self-isolate too?
Yes. As of 16th March 2020, government guidance changed to include family members. The whole household should self-isolate for 14 days.