As the situation regarding the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak is changing on a daily basis I will keep you up to date with any new DFE guidance.
Below are the most recent recommendations for schools to follow:
- 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
Current advice remains in place: no education or children’s social care setting should close in response to a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England.
The Chief Medical Officer has advised that the impact of closing schools on both children’s education and on the workforce would be substantial, but the benefit to public health may not be. Decisions on future advice to education or children’s social care settings will be taken based on the latest and best scientific evidence, which at this stage suggests children are a lower risk group.
It is not necessary to contact the school regarding school closures. Although we appreciate your concern large volumes of calls are taking away from priorities at school, we must continue as normal unless the government advise otherwise. We are remaining open at present time. We are continuing to follow government guidelines and will take action where needed. In the event of the school closing you will be notified by the app and via text.
Can I stress again that there is no need to call the school regarding whether the school is open, as this will be immediately communicated to you via the app and text and updates will be added to the website.
Can I thank you for your sensible attitudes and understanding at this present time as we appreciate that this is an unusual situation that we find ourselves in. As usual at Kader, we will continue to put your children’s safety first.
Mrs A Mitchinson