Tuesday 10th March 2020
Dear parents and carers,
Re: Coronavirus COVID–19 advice for schools
Regrettably, it’s important to update you again on the School’s position on COVID-19, or Coronavirus. We continue to monitor and follow PHE advice daily, while continuing to operate our school day as normal, keeping an informed, calm perspective. The School has contingency plans which are being followed and updated as relevant.
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 a number of times. The DfE Helpline has confirmed that our approach, action and planning is correct and proportionate. As far as we are reasonably able to know and according to all advice, the School does not have any confirmed cases of Coronavirus.
If your child is unwell and has symptoms that concern you, you should call 111 to seek advice. The School is not in a position to diagnose students’ illnesses. It is of course your decision if you choose not to send your child to school because he or she is unwell. At present, since we have not been asked to close the School, it is not appropriate to require teachers to plan both for lessons in school and for off-site learning at the same time. However, a good deal of school work is posted on Google Classroom as a matter of course. This can be accessed online by students who are unwell.
If and when school trips or activities have to be cancelled, we will keep you informed. We are seeking advice from Public Health England and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on trips planned.
It is possible that schools will be told to close. In the event that we are instructed to close the School, you will be informed of arrangements at the soonest opportunity. School work will be made available via Google Classroom for students to do off-site. We suggest that parents and carers consider plans for the care of their children should the School be closed. To emphasise: we have not been told that this is going to happen; it is just important to think ahead.
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.