I have had a couple of queries from parents about the actions we are taking in school in light of the increasing number of cases of Coronavirus Covid-19 in the UK. In school, these are the specific actions we have been/ are now taking. All actions are following the guidance from Public Health England:
Teaching children how to wash their hands thoroughly. We are teaching the children a method for ensuring their hands are properly cleaned. Some classes are using safe products such as flour or glitter to show how this stays on your hands unless they are washed properly. Handwashing taught is based on guidance which can be found here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/health- 51754472/coronavirus-how-to-wash-your-hands-in-20-seconds
The school continues to have well stocked soap dispensers and antibacterial gel available in dispensers all around the school including in every classroom. The children are asked to wash their hands frequently throughout the day, more often than just when they have used the toilet or are going to lunch. Due to the increased use of these dispensers I have asked our Caretaker to check that they remain full at all times of the day.
We have displayed around the school posters advising about the best ways we can wash our hands and use hand sanitiser. They are displayed near all sinks and dispensers.
Each class has been given antibacterial wipes and staff have been asked to wipe down frequently used surfaces throughout the day. These include door handles, computer keyboards and taps.
The school is cleaned thoroughly each night and we have asked our cleaning company to be particularly thorough when doing so.
We will monitor the health of all children as we always do. Any child seeming unwell, particularly with symptoms such as temperature and flu-like symptoms, will be sent home. This is our standard practice. We continue to receive advice daily from Public Health England and the Department of Education, which we will always follow. We are being told very clearly that we must remain open and that there is no need for children to be kept away from school simply as a precaution. If you do choose to keep your child away from school as a precaution of coronavirus, we have been told we should not authorise this absence and we should follow our usual procedure for unauthorised absence. This can be found in our attendance Policy which is on our school website.
The Department for Education has launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows: Phone: 0800 046 8687 Email: DfE.firstname.lastname@example.org Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
We can assure parents we are doing all we can and will continue to review what we have in place in light of new information. I shall write again if any of our procedures or advice changes.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Mr D. Waters
Head of School