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Supporting Young People Through Disruption
Update 23rd March 2020
Dear Parents and Carers
It is very clear that the strategy that the UK is adopting to fight against COVID-19 has been stepped up considerably since the Governments decision on Friday night to close restaurants, bars, cinema's and gyms etc. As you will know the purpose of this is to reduce the amount of social contact that people are having with each other to stop the spread of the virus.
This has meant that as a school we have had to reconsider what we can do both to support those children who have parents who are key workers and our most vulnerable children whilst ensuring that we maintain as much social distance as we can.
A third of our children fall in to the above category which is around 40 children. Naturally we have to have staff to support this and so therefore we will have at least 60 people in school and with these numbers alone social distancing becomes a challenge.
For every staff member who comes in to school to support the children, their own children have to attend school and their child's school has to the increase staffing levels to support this and this again reduces the ability to create social distance.
I have to ensure that I create as much social distance as possible for staff and for children it is with the deepest of sadness that I have to say that we will not be able to offer any places to children other than those who we have deemed to be are our most vulnerable and those who have parents who are both key workers. This is in the interests of everyone's safety.
I am appealing to parents who are key workers to please only send your child in to school if you have no one else to take care of your child. Please don't send your child in just because you can; this will only create additional risk for all.
By working together as a community we have a greater chance to secure social distance and hopefully keep the virus at bay. The sooner we are able to control this then the sooner we can all get back to normality.
I know that these are really difficult times for you all, but this time will pass and it will do so all the more quickly if we heed the advice of the Prime Minister and stay home for as much of this time as we can.
Please do not 'reply' to this email. If you would like to contact me then please do so on firstname.lastname@example.org. I will answer all of your questions as best that I can.
You are doing amazing jobs as parents, and I am very grateful for all your understanding in these very rapidly changing times.
The Forest School
Please see the government advice for coronavirus and self-isolation.
This guidance is intended for:
- people with symptoms that may be caused by coronavirus, and do not require hospital treatment, who must remain at home until they are well
- those living in households with someone who shows symptoms that may be caused by coronavirus
The main messages are:
- if you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill
- it is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community
We would like to reiterate the message that children should stay at home with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature to avoid spreading infection to others.
At the present time, we are receiving daily messages from the Department for Education as to the policies and procedures for dealing with the Coronavirus and we continue to follow their advice. The main message at the moment is the importance of hygiene and handwashing and the catch it, bin it, kill it strategy for those with coughs and sneezes. We understand that you will have heard these messages many times but would like to pass on the instructions for handwashing from the DFE.
How to wash your hands properly:
Wash your hands more often for 20 seconds with soap and hot water.
This short NHS film gives guidance:
You may like to teach young children how to wash their hands using the NHS handwashing song:
Public Health England recommends that in addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.
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