Someone in my household has symptoms of COVID-19 - should I send my child to school?
The government guidance is that all other household members should self-isolate for 14 days. The person with symptoms only has to isolate for 7 days.
My child has no symptoms, can I still send them in?
If there is a family member who has COVID symptoms, then the whole household must self-isolate for 14 days, even if your child is not showing any symptoms.
My child has symptoms of COVID19, what shall I do?
If your child has symptoms please contact the school office, as the home group will all have to be contacted and advised to self-isolate. However, should the members of the home group not go on to develop symptoms themselves, they can return to school after their self-isolation of 14 days.
22 March 2020
Dear Parents and Carers
Thank you to parents who are key workers and/or parents of particular children who have contacted us to ask for help over the coming weeks. This has enabled us to plan our child care provision , and means we do not need to ask more staff than necessary to come into work.
Further guidance was published by the Secretary of State for Education yesterday.
He said "You should only send your child to school on Monday if you have to, because your work is critical to our COVID-19 response. If you are able to keep your child at home, you should".
I am sure we all recognise that the smallest possible amount of contact between people is the best way not to spread the virus. I have posted a helpful 'flow chart' below.
If you have previously been in contact about Monday and now decide to keep your child at home please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org so we can update our lists and possibly make changes to our staffing arrangements.
We realise that for all of us this is a challenging and rapidly changing situation and greatly appreciate your help and support
16th March 2020
Dear Parents and Carers
We of course hope and pray that all our families will remain well or recover swiftly from the current health issues. If you become aware of any family who is finding the situation especially difficult and need some practical help you could let us know and we will help if we can.
If you happen to be shopping perhaps you could consider buying an extra tin or toilet roll and adding it to our food bank box so we can pass it on to the local food banks for distribution .
Following the update from the Government today I am writing to let you know of our current plans for school.
The whole household of someone with any symptoms eg a temperature or a persistent cough must self isolate for 14 days
We therefore expect that should you contact us to let us know that your child, or someone in your house, has symptoms the children will not be in school for at least the next 14 days. Should we become aware that children are in school who should be self-isolating we will be asking you to come and collect them
If your child is well then we ask that you access our home learning which will be on the class pages of the website www.stmargaretclitherowschool.org.uk by the end of tomorrow. In the meantime please encourage your child to do any of the following: read, practise their number bonds or times tables, count real objects, carry out some model making, design an Easter garden and take some exercise.
Social Distancing the recommendations are that people should maintain a distance of 2 metres.
Clearly this cannot apply to the children in a classroom situation, although we will do our best to ensure space and good ventilation whenever possible.
This obviously has implications for drop off and pick up times. Please could we ask that you maintain a distance between other families as you make your way down the path and drop your children outside the classroom door. At collection please make a wide circle outside the doors and the teacher will send the children to you. We realise this may take longer than usual and trust you will remain patient as we try to manage the situation. If you particularly need to speak to the teacher please email or phone the office so the teacher can reply to you. The teachers will contact you by email or phone should they need to.
We of course want our community to be able to maintain friendly links so the St Margaret’s smile will hopefully be much in evidence!
All the children are asked to wash their hands on arrival in school and before they go home as well as at regular intervals in between.
Children travelling on the bus will continue to be asked to wash their hands on arrival in school and before they leave. We will be contacting the bus company to see if they have any further advice.
At school we are very conscious of maintaining a happy, positive, calm and purposeful environment and thank you for helping the children to understand the current situation.
We will continue to keep up to date with all the latest advice and let you know of any changes.
With all best wishes
12 March 2020
Dear Parents and Carers
We continue to take the advice of Public Health England, the DFE and KCSP about steps to be taken to try and delay the spread of COVID-19. We all agree that the following should be in place from now until further notice:
At school we are continuing to support all our children and staff in maintaining good hygiene and appreciate your help with this.
Please contact the school office in the usual way should your child not be well enough to attend school.
We look forward to continuing our usual school day with all learning and activities, however should there be staff absence we have a contingency plan to ensure the children remain safe, cared for and learning whilst in school. We will let you know of any developments which may affect you and your children as they occur.
In the meantime thank you for your continued support and understanding.