Heateacher's Information Letter - Coronavirus. 12:30 17/03/2020
Dear Parents, Carers and Staff,
Please read each of the information sections below:
As we endeavour to keep the school open unless directed otherwise by the government, it is inevitable that staffing levels at the school will be affected. We will do everything we can to manage the situation and ask that you remain supportive, flexible and understanding as we do the best we can for our children in ever-changing, challenging circumstances.
Helping the most vulnerable
One of my primary concerns at this time to ensure that support is in place for the most vulnerable families with regards to food and other essential items. Food Banks are being sorely affected at this time. At challenging times such as these, it is essential that those who can pull together to help and support. If you can spare any tinned, dried or long-life food or other essentials such as hygiene and sanitary products, please bring them to school and we will distribute them to those in our community who are most in need in the best way we can. If you think you might be able to help with delivering to doorsteps or have other suggestions of how you can help, please let me know ZamoraJ@stbernadettesschool.com If your family or a family you are aware of within our school community is in need of this type of support, contact me on the same email address. For other communications, please contact me via the school office or telephone as usual. I am also available to speak to each morning at the school gate.
Staff have been preparing to move learning online via Google Classrooms so that we are ready to respond if forced to close.
I have also asked staff to begin populating the online Google Classrooms in order to be able to provide for current self-isolating families.
Your child should now have login details in the back inside cover of their planners for Google Classroom. Please liaise with your child’s teacher if you have not received these details. For those children who are absent currently and have not received the login details, we will endeavour to circulate those to you via email.
You can access a Google Classroom Guide with details on how to login via your child’s Class Blog within our website learning tab: https://www.stbernadettesschool.com/class-blogs/ Please log on, join the classroom and try the test document awaiting your child as soon as possible so that we can iron out any potential glitches as soon as possible.
Please be patient as staff get to grips with this new approach to providing online learning tasks.
Please remember that all of my updates can be found via the dedicated page on the website: https://www.stbernadettesschool.com/coronavirus-covid-19-information-and-advice/
Please keep our school community in your prayers,
IMPORTANT HEADTEACHER UPDATE CORONAVIRUS 7PM 16TH MARCH
Dear Parents/Carers and Staff,
Governmental guidance has been updated this evening – it is essential that this guidance is followed by all in our school community.
A number of additional measures have been put in place at St Bernadette’s to minimise risk for our children:
These are unprecedented times and we must work together as a school community, supporting one another, remaining calm and keeping the school family in our prayers. Please alert me if you are aware of any family in particularly vulnerable circumstances due the virus and the restrictions in place.
Updated Guidance for Schools 16th March
Today, the Department for Education and Public Health England have issued updated guidance for education settings on COVID-19.
What you need to know:
Current advice remains in place: no education or children’s social care 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 would be substantial, but the benefit to public health may not be. Decisions on future advice to education or children’s social care settings will be taken based on the latest and best scientific evidence, which at this stage suggests children are a lower risk group.
Please support us by respecting the government guidance and by reiterating the expectations and practices regarding hand and respiratory hygiene.
Update 13th March -AMENDED due to changing guidance received 16th March
In answer to a number of queries we have received, please see the information below:
As a school, we follow governmental guidance which can change at any time. If you are concerned or require additional information, please call 111 and visit the government website. https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response The NHS website has clear advice: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Update 12th March 2019 - amended 16th March
Public Health England has released new guidance today (12th March).
The symptoms of the coronavirus are listed as:
Recent onset of:
The new key messages are:
If you have symptoms of coronavirus infection (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home and do not leave your house for 14 days from when your symptoms started.
Therefore, if your child or anyone in your family home has a new continuous cough and/or a high temperature, they must not attend school. Please support us by respecting this new directive.
Headteacher Update 4th March
The Department for Education (DfE) have launched a Coronavirus Helpline. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
The current advice from the government regarding school closures is clearly stated: “No school should close in response to a suspected (or confirmed) COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England”.
Current advice is as follows:
The government has also given stricter guidelines on handwashing which we are implementing as a school and ask that you also support this approach to maintaining good hygiene and preventing the spread of any respiratory viruses.
Pupils, students, staff and visitors should wash their hands:
The following poster and video are useful to share with your child: