All schools will close at day’s end on Friday 20 March 2020 for the foreseeable future to all pupils except those identified as children of key workers or vulnerable pupils.
Further details will be released upon receipt of government directions and advice.
Update Tuesday 17th March 2020
On Monday, Prime Minster Boris Johnson announced significant new measures:
- Anyone with a fever or persistent cough should stay at home for seven days if they live alone or 14 days if they live with others. Anyone who lives with someone displaying coronavirus symptoms should also stay at home for 14 days. People who have to isolate themselves should ask others for help
- Everyone should stop non-essential contact with others. This is particularly important for people over 70, those with underlying health conditions and pregnant women
- People should work from home where they can
- People should avoid places like pubs, clubs and theatres. This applies especially to those in London which is "a few weeks ahead" of the rest of the UK
- People should stop all unnecessary travel
- By the weekend, those with the most serious health conditions should be largely shielded from social contact for 12 weeks
The government says its previous advice also remains, everyone should regularly wash their hands and avoid contacting the NHS unless it's essential.
These measures, according to the government, will delay the spread of the epidemic so that the NHS can cope with demand and save lives.
If anybody has any concerns or is worried about managing during this difficult time, including food for children, please contact Mr Cox and Mrs F B.
Mr Cox 07720 698566
Mrs F B 07720698563
Updated guidance for education settings on coronavirus (COVID-19)
Today, the Department for Education and Public Health England have issued updated guidance for education settings on COVID-19. This guidance will assist staff in addressing COVID-19 in educational settings. This includes childcare, schools, further and higher educational institutions.
What you need to know:
- staff, young people and children should stay at home if they are unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature to avoid spreading infection to others. Otherwise they should attend education or work as normal
- if staff, young people or children become unwell on site with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature they should be sent home
- clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces more often than usual using your standard cleaning products
- supervise young children to ensure they wash their hands for 20 seconds more often than usual with soap and water or hand sanitiser and catch coughs and sneezes in tissues
The updated guidance can be found here: