Friday 6th March 2020
Dear parents and carers,
Re: COVID–19 advice for schools and educational settings
I am writing again to update you on the School’s position on COVID-19, or Coronavirus. This week’s updates from the Department for Education and Public Health England have not changed the School’s approach. We continue to monitor and follow PHE advice, while continuing to operate our school day as normal, keeping an informed, calm perspective.
We have ensured that staff and students are appropriately informed, including all-important messages about good hygiene, hand-washing and use of tissues. Posters about this are displayed in school and students have been briefed in form time. We have also used the DfE Helpline, launched this week, to check that our approach, action and planning is correct and proportionate and we have been assured that it is.
Below are links to the most reliable, non-sensationalised information about the Coronavirus from Public Health England. This is the advice we are following.
Updates on COVID-19: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Guidance for educational settings: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19
Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:
The DfE’s helpline for schools, staff, students, parents, carers can be accessed by phone or email:
Phone: 0800 046 8687 Email: DfE.firstname.lastname@example.org
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
The School will continue to follow Public Health England advice and will keep you informed of any implications for school as appropriate in as timely a way as we can. Our priorities are to ensure that our students and staff keep safe and well and to do all that we can to ensure we can continue to run our school day as normal, keeping things in perspective.