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Coronavirus Parent Guidance and Updates

Update from the Headteacher - 18th March 2020

 

Dear Parent/ Carer,

 

I am writing to clarify to parents that we fully expect school to be open as normal tomorrow morning. This situation will only change if:

  • We have alternative guidance form the Government or Public Health Department
  • We have a sharp reduction in staffing and as such are unable to ensure pupil safety

 

Procedures regarding handwashing and keeping the school clean are in place and we thank you for supporting the school by keeping your distance and by promoting handwashing and hygiene at home.

 

Currently we have no confirmed cases of coronavirus within our school community. We do have students who have displayed some symptoms and are following Government advice to self-isolate. If you, or someone in your family has a high temperature and a new, dry, persistent cough, please self-isolate for 14 days in order to protect vulnerable persons who you might come into contact with.

It is very important that you notify the school regarding any absence in a timely way as we need to keep accurate records of this.

 

Pupils learning at home:

 

If your child is social-distancing or self-isolating, they are still expected to be learning at home. Our school website is the key place to find information on what your child should be doing. It is vitally important that your child continues to maintain their education and we have tried to make it as easy as possible for you to support them with this.

 

  • All children will receive information about learning through the school website. This will be on the class pages. Please check these daily. 
  • Children have already been provided with work to be completed at home or resources to support working at home. These were sent home last week and additional packs are going home today and later in the week.
  • Staff will be putting daily updates on the website regarding the learning for the day. This is during term-time only. It is advised that children in Years 1-6 should be working for 3-4 hours every day.
  • There will also be additional information to help you support your child at home and suggestions for further activities to be completed.
  • Staff will check-in on families via email/ telephone to check on pupil progress and welfare. This will be at least twice a week. However, you can contact staff via email at any time and you will receive a response as quickly as possible. Please do not contact the office with concerns about school work.
  • Families in the EYFS should be using Tapestry to communicate with school and to upload evidence of progress at home.
  • All updates will be posted on the school website and information will be sent via email and text message regarding when school will re-open.

 

We continue to post all current advice on our website and will keep you up to date about our community situation as and when anything changes. If you have any other concerns outside of school hours please email me directly:

 

figesw@westlakesmat.org.uk

 

Thank you for your support,

 

Mrs Wendy Figes

 

Executive Head teacher

Update to School Procedures from 18th March 2020

 

In order to reduce risk to everyone the following additional measures will be introduced from Wednesday morning:-

 

  • Parents to drop off and collect children from foyer door (at end of the day this will start 2.50pm)
  • KS2 children to go straight outside at 3pm
  • No parents beyond the foyer (outside office) 
  • No visitors to school (sports coaches/volunteers etc..)
  • No after school clubs (although wrap continues to stay open at present) 

Update from the Headteacher - 17th March 2020

 

Dear Parent/ Carer,

 

I am writing to clarify to parents that we fully expect school to be open as normal tomorrow morning. I am sure that you can see that as a school we are doing all we can to keep things as normal as possible for our children but have made some changes to ensure we are doing all we can to keep our families safe.

 

We are following all advice provided by health professionals and remaining up to date with Government policy. We ensure children and staff wash their hands, when they arrive at school and before they leave. Everyone is expected to wash their hands regularly through-out the day. We have also increased the frequency of school cleaning. We have worked hard to reduce contact between large groups of students and limited visitors to school and stopped all trips and visits.

 

Currently we have no confirmed cases of coronavirus within our school community. We do have students who have displayed some symptoms and are following Government advice to self-isolate. If you, or someone in your family has a high temperature and a new, dry, persistent cough, please self-isolate for 14 days in order to protect vulnerable persons who you might come into contact with. Please use the normal procedures to inform us of any absence by 9.30am.

 

We continue to post all current advice on our website and will keep you up to date about our community situation as and when anything changes.

 

Thank you for your support,

 

Mrs Figes

Executive Head teacher

 

Coronavirus Update 13th March 2020

 

As you are all aware, we are living in unusual times.  As a Multi-Academy Trust we are reviewing procedures on an hourly basis alongside guidelines issued from the Government. Yesterday the Prime Minister called upon everyone to work together in partnership in order to protect vulnerable people but also to keep things running normally where this was possible. I know as a community, that we can do this and I trust that parents will recognise that the school is acting both responsibly and in a proportionate way.

 

Firstly, I would ask that parents use our website as the key resource for information and updates. In the event of school closure, partial closure or to communicate that the school will be re-opening, all information will be on the website. It will also be the main portal for staff to provide work for children to access at home. The school has a duty to provide an education, even in the event of school closure and we would expect children to be working for around 3-4 hours every day on school tasks.

 

At present, we have no known or even suspected case of Coronavirus in our community.  As such, given that we have all health and safety precautions in place, we remain open to staff and pupils. There is no increased risk for children with asthma but if you have concerns about your child's individual health needs, the advice is to call 111.

 

From Monday, the following additional precautions will be put in place:

 

  • a review of any external visits, staff training and visitors to school
  • parents/ carers will be excluded from assemblies and will be asked to limit their time in the school building on entry and when collecting children
  • additional in-school cleaning during the school day

 

As a reminder, the symptoms of Coronavirus are:

  • a dry, persistent cough
  • high temperature
  • shortness of breath 

 

The most effective method for reducing contamination is through good hygiene practices. Everyone must wash their hands with antibacterial soap and dry thoroughly. Surfaces should be hygienically cleaned regularly. Please dispose of tissues or items with any other bodily fluids in a suitable bin. Do not reuse tissues. 

 

see : https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/  for up to date information. 

 

School Procedures

 

In the event of a possible case of coronavirus on site the following procedures will be in place:

  • suspected pupil isolated and emergency contacts called in order for the pupil to be taken home
  • parent/ carer will be asked to call 111/ their GP for advice
  • results of any testing to be given to school in a timely manner so it can be acted upon
  • school will also contact Public Health England to inform them of a suspected case
  • the school will remain open whilst investigations take place

 

In the event of a confirmed case of coronavirus on site the following procedures will be in place:

  • parents/ carers will be informed via text message and through the website
  • school will close/ partially close for deep cleaning (this is usually for 72 hours)
  • pupils will be expected to work at home and teachers will provide work through the website
  • information about when the school will re-open will be provided to parents through the website 

 

In the event of staff shortage owing to self-isolation:

  • the school will remain open if school staffing numbers support legal ratios
  • guidance will be sought from Public Health England and our Health and Safety team
  • full/ partial closure will be considered, especially for pupils in the early years and for students who are not taking exams in the summer

 

In the event of the Government closing all schools to pupils:

  • parents/ carers will be informed via text message and through the website following guidance from Public Health England
  • staff will be expected to attend work (unless there are valid reasons why they are unable to do so)
  • pupils will be expected to work at home and teachers will provide work through the website
  • information about when the school will re-open will be provided to parents through the website 

 

In the event of the Government closing all schools and public spaces:

  • parents/ carers will be informed via text message and through the website following guidance from Public Health England
  • staff will not be expected to attend work but must inform their employer if they fall ill
  • pupils will be expected to work at home and teachers will provide work through the website
  • information about when the school will re-open will be provided to parents through the website 

 

Self-Isolation

As cases of coronavirus increase, families may find they are being told to self-isolate to restrict the spread of contamination. Other families may choose to self-isolate as a protective measure if there are known cases nearby. 

It is important that families are suitably informed regarding what is meant by self-isolation as this is a very restrictive measure. 

 

Advice can be found at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-advice/

 

In short, those people in quarantine should not leave their house (even to get shopping) nor should they receive visitors. 

At present, any person with high temperatures and a persistent cough has been asked to self-isolate for 7 days. 

 

Working from home 

In the event that pupils are sent home from school and work is sent home, we will aim to do as much as is possible to ensure that pupils continue to learn. It is vital that our pupils continue with their studies and it will help to occupy time during the day. 

All pupils will be provided with reading books and they will also be sent work to do in books and online. If there are families without internet access can they please let the school know as soon as possible so alternative arrangements can be put in place. 

 

Pupil Absence

Our absence procedures remain in place whilst the school is open. If your child is absent from school please provide the reason for absence to the school office (preferably via email) before 9.30am. It is vital that the school is notified as soon as possible regarding any suspected cases of coronavirus and if any families are self-isolating and the reasons for this. 

 

Thank you for supporting the school during this time. I hope that this message has reassured you that we are doing everything possible to protect the children and to ensure that their education is not overly affected.

 

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