Dear Parents and Carers
As I’m sure you will appreciate, we are currently dealing with a complex and rapidly changing situation. My first priority will always be the health and safety of the pupils and staff in our school. Now, more than ever, this remains our primary focus.
We are open as normal, though we have been looking at ways to reduce potential spread of infections for our pupils and staff. Therefore, with effect from today we have identified several organised events up to the end of this term that are now postponed or cancelled. These are as follows:
- Tuesday 17 March – Year 5 Tutankhamun – postponed
- Wednesday 18 March – Big Bang Science event – cancelled
- Wednesday 18 March – Year 4 Tag Rugby – cancelled
- Wednesday 18 March – Year 2 Parent Maths Workshop – postponed
- Thursday 19 March – Year 5 Tutankhamun – postponed
- Thursday 19 March – Year 5 / 6 Swimming Gala – cancelled
- Friday 27 March – Nash Cup – awaiting confirmation
- Tuesday 31 March – Parent Teacher meeting – postponed
- Wednesday 1 April – Parent Teacher meeting – postponed
- Thursday 2 April – Year 1 Plant Sale – postponed
Already in school we have shared the following information from the Department for Education with all our staff and children:
- washing your hands often – with soap and water, or use alcohol sanitiser if handwashing facilities are not available. This is particularly important after taking public transport
- covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in a bin.
- people who have a high temperature and/or a new, continuous cough (this means you have started coughing repeatedly) should not attend work or any education setting
- pupils, students, staff and visitors should wash their hands:
- before leaving home
- on arrival at school
- after using the toilet
- after breaks and sporting activities
- before food preparation
- before eating any food, including snacks
- before leaving school
- use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available
- avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- avoid close contact with people who are unwell
- clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
This is an entirely unprecedented situation and we are following official advice from the government and the NHS. This advice is being added to on a daily basis and we are monitoring and responding to that as it is published.
This official advice will underpin all the actions we take.
Whilst I appreciate that there will be a wide range of different views about how we should be responding and what action should be taken, I hope you will appreciate that I am duty bound to follow the official advice from government.
Thank you for your support at this difficult time.
Mrs Fiona Daykin