Dear Parents and Carers,
In light of the current nationwide position regarding Coronavirus, I wanted to write to you all to offer you some reassurance as to the actions that we as a school have and continue to take in order to maintain the health and wellbeing of our school community.
The Current Government Advice
We receive daily advice from the Department for Health and Social Care. As you will be aware, their advice has recently changed. The most up to date advice is that anyone showing certain symptoms must stay at home for 7 days, regardless of whether they have travelled to affected areas. This means people should stay at home and avoid all but essential contact with others for 7 days from the point of displaying mild symptoms, to slow the spread of infection.
What are the symptoms I need to be aware of?
The symptoms are:
· A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)
· A new, continuous cough
If I have symptoms what do I do?
If you have the above symptoms, you will need to self-isolate for a period of 7 days. Please let us know if you are self-isolating. You do not need to call NHS 111 to stay at home. If your symptoms worsen during your stay at home period or are no better after 7 days contact NHS 111 online at 111.nhs.uk. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.
You can keep yourself up to date with the latest information here:
What if I have no symptoms but do not wish to send my child to school?
If you/your child do not have the above symptoms and your child is well enough to come to school, then we encourage you to send them in. At present, the Government advice is for schooling to continue as normal. We are therefore continuing to follow our Attendance Policy as we ordinarily would. Although I appreciate that you may have concerns at this time, I must advise you that children who fit and well but are not sent to school will receive an unauthorised absence.
What is St Barnabas doing to follow Government advice?
I appreciate that many of you may be feeling anxious or concerned. Please be reassured that we are doing everything that we can to keep our school healthy. Children and staff are regularly washing hands and hand sanitiser is available at various points around school for the children to use. Both KS1 and KS2 have had age appropriate assemblies to offer them reassurance as to the current situation and to reinforce the importance of good hand hygiene.
We follow Government advice and receive daily updates. I am in communication with other Head Teachers in the area and we share ideas and information to make sure our response is in line with that of other schools.
In light of the latest advice, there are a number of school events that will be cancelled. Here is a list of the events that will not be taking place:
Whole School Good Work Assembly is cancelled until the Easter holidays
Year 5 Swimming lessons are cancelled until the Easter Holidays
Year 3 Swimming lessons are due to start on the return to school – at this time they will go ahead but
this will be reviewed nearer the time
Reception Parents reading in class every Friday
18th March Mother’s Day Stay & Pray for Reception
19th March Year 2 Mother’s Day Assembly
20th March Nursery Assembly
25th March Year 4 Trip to Dovedale (Refunds are being issued via parentmail)
27th March PTFA Meeting
2nd April Year 3 Easter Production
3rd April Whole School Easter Service at St Barnabas Church
It is always a difficult and saddening decision to cancel school events especially when the children have worked so hard, but I am sure that you can appreciate that this is done with everyone’s best interests at heart.
I will continue to review the position on a daily basis and will communicate out any further changes or adjustments accordingly. For now, we must do what we do best, and that is to pull together as a family and take care of each other whilst we carry on with school as usual.
Please can I urge you to regularly check your parentmail emails. Due to cost we have to limited to the number of text messages that we are able to send. We therefore mostly communicate via email and will continue to send out all of the important updates by email. We will also be updating the school website:
Lastly, so that we can ensure that we look after those who are most at risk please let us know if you, your child or someone you live with falls in to one of the groups who is vulnerable to coronavirus. This is simply for information purposes at this time.
Thank you for your continued support and understanding during these exceptional circumstances.