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Coronavirus- School Letter 13.3.2020

Important - Thornbury Primary School - Coronavirus Information as at Friday 13th March 2020

https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

Dear Parents and Carers

You will probably be aware that the Government has changed its advice about Coronavirus, (Link above).

The Government guidance at this time suggests that schools carry on as normal wherever possible.

Symptoms

If you/your child has a ‘fever and/or a new continuous cough’, the sick person has to be isolated at home.

As this is the time of coughs/ colds and flu, this is tricky to judge – if your child has the symptoms above at school, even if they do not appear particularly ill, we will call you for further information before deciding as to whether we need to take any further steps.

Please keep us up to date if you have any information about being poorly/ suspected cases. A suspected case is no longer likely to result in a school closure.

Could all parents ensure that school has up to date contact details, including work contacts. If you have a mobile and have to have it switched off/ put away at work, please give us the contact number of your work so that they can let you know to call us. Please check that your inbox is not full as we are relying on email post to you.

 

Possible Future Closures

As yet, the Government have decided that schools in the UK are not to close, but we all realise that this may be a possibility in the future. In the event of a closure, we will aim to:

-Signpost you to a number of our online learning resources such as MyMaths.

-Regularly post work on the year group pages of the school website.

-If we have enough notice, we will also send home an exercise book (and text books or booklets for Y1-5), similar to those sent home recently for Y6.

Clearly, if staff are ill, or dealing with a family crisis, we cannot promise that all of this will happen, but we will do our best.

We know that we cannot force children to work, but keeping in a learning routine is ideal, and we hope you will have enough options for children to do a selection each day. Y2 and Y6, who have SATs coming up, really need to keep up their learning.

This situation is bound to be fast moving over the coming days and weeks, and we will keep you updated as we have more information.

 

Telling Children

We have reminded all the children about handwashing in school, but in general we are keeping the news very light, and not alarming them or causing anxiety. I therefore request that you endeavour to not share this email with your child at this time, as they do not really need to know at this point.

Thank you all for your support at this difficult time, from Mrs Hardisty

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