You are probably aware that the government yesterday announced new measures to deal with Coronavirus and that we are now moving from the ‘contain’ to the ‘delay’ phase of its plan. As before, the advice remains that effective hand hygiene and using a tissue when coughing or sneezing are some of the most effective ways in which we can help reduce the spread of the virus. The school is continuing to do all that it can to minimise the spread with the modelling of good hygiene and is following all the advice from Public Health and Herts County Council in order to minimise the risk to pupils and staff.
Advice on self-isolation applies to all people with coronavirus like symptoms – a new or continuous cough or a
high temperature, however mild – should stay at home for at least 7 days to protect others and help slow the spread of the disease. This also applies to all pupils who have been in direct contact with a person exhibiting these symptoms even though they themselves remain well at this time. All our pupils and staff will be expected to follow this advice.
In certain circumstances you may be advised by medical professionals to keep your child at home even if they are not unwell. If this is the case please let us know and we will support your decision by authorising their absence.
We understand that parents are concerned about the risk of their children catching Coronavirus and that some may wish to keep children at home even though they have not had any medical advice to do so. However, we cannot authorise a child’s absence for that reason alone. All children who are well enough to come to school are expected to continue attending as normal unless advised otherwise by Public Health England.
Following the escalating situation over the weekend, we feel that it is increasingly likely that schools will be forced to close at some time in the future. If the government make a decision to close, then all schools will do so, otherwise our intention is to stay open and operate as normal. The Government has made it clear it expects schools to remain open unless public health advice has been given to close. This is based on the clear advice from the Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government, Sir Patrick Vallence, on how best to manage this epidemic. We are sure that you will be supportive of this. We will, however, be trialling home learning through Google Classroom in Key Stage 2 later this week, and will ensure that Google Classroom and the school website will provide guidance for home learning should this become necessary, and we will endeavour to ensure the best possible continuity of your child’s education regardless of the circumstances.
We recognise that if closure is necessary this will have significant implications for many of our families with issues ranging from the loss of free school meals to problems for families finding suitable childcare. We will continue to provide updates as the situation continues to develop and would ask that you inform the school of any contact your family may have had with a person with symptoms or who has tested positive.
Many thanks for your support and understanding during this time of uncertainty and challenge.
Bob Bridle (Headteacher)
Bob Bridle (Headteacher)