I am aware that a Woodlands Parents posted on social media over the weekend that a child in our school has contracted Covid-19 (Coronavirus).
We have had no reports of any children having developed Coronavirus.
I am also writing to update you on how we intend to respond to the unfolding situation regarding Coronavirus Covid-19.
As I am 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 pupils and staff within our school. Now more than ever, this remains our primary focus. This is an entirely unprecedented situation and we are following official advice from the government and NHS. This advice is being added to on a daily basis and we are monitoring and responding to that as it is published.
The official advice will underpin all the action 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 the government.
Latest Government Advice:
No education setting should close in response to a suspected or confirmed Covid-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England. The Chief Medical Officer has advised that the impact of closing schools on both children’s education and on the workforce will be substantial, but the benefit to public health may not be. Decisions on future advice to schools will be taken on the latest and best scientific evidence, which at this stage suggests that children are a lower risk group.
To support the delay of the spread of the virus the department of health and social care has asked anyone with certain symptoms to stay at home for seven days, regardless of whether they have travelled to the affected areas. This means people should stay at home and avoid all but essential contact with others for seven days from the point of displaying mild symptoms, to slow the spread of the affection.
The symptoms are:
You do not need to call NHS 111 to stay at home. If your symptoms worsen during your stay at home period or are no better after seven days contact NHS 111 online at 111.nhs.uk if you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111.
Hand and Respiratory Hygiene
It goes without saying that hand and respiratory hygiene is fundamental to preventing the virus spreading. All pupils should bring a tissue to catch a sneeze or cough and wash hands on a regular basis throughout the school day using soap. Staff ensure this happens on arrival at school, after school, breaks and before lunchtime (and on arrival to Schools Out). Staff are also discouraging pupils to touching faces and encouraging them to eat with a knife and fork.
As above, if your child is experiencing a ‘new, continuous’ cough or high temperature please do not send them into school for seven days. Similarly, we will contact you and ask you to pick your child up from school if they present with these symptoms.
In order to limit pupils, contact with one another as much as practical, from today we will not be holding whole school assemblies.
In the event of high levels of staff and pupil absence from school over the coming weeks we may need to consider changing elements of the timetable and deploying teachers to different groups of children. As such, it would be helpful for your children to have their games kits in school every day, please.
I trust the information outlined in this letter is helpful and you will understand the rationale behind the measures we have taken. I will write again in the near future to provide further updates.