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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

posted 13 Mar 2020, 06:45 by Bow Brickhill   [ updated 13 Mar 2020, 06:46 ]
Dear Parents/Carers,

Following the Prime Minister’s press conference yesterday regarding the Coronavirus, I would like to reassure you that the school is following all the government and Department of Health guidelines for educational settings in efforts to help prevent the spread of the virus. The Government continues to monitor the situation very carefully and is providing daily advice to schools about what actions we may need to take ensuring we are able to implement all advice relating to the infection quickly.

At present we are taking the following action;
All staff and pupils are washing their hands regularly with soap and water. Pupils are washing their hands: 
    • on entry to school
    • before eating or before any food preparation
    • before and after break
    • before and after lunch 
    • following P.E or sporting activity
    • after going to the toilet 
    • if they cough or sneeze etc into their hands.
    • at the end of the school day before they leave for home
  • In addition to this we are using alcohol-based sanitiser (containing at least 60% alcohol) if handwashing facilities are not available. 
  • All pupils, staff and visitors are being reminded to cover any cough or sneeze with a tissue, then to throw the tissue in a bin and then wash their hands. If they do not have a tissue to hand they are being encouraged to cough/sneeze into their elbow. 
  • Pupils and staff are being reminded to avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • All staff and visitors are required to use sanitiser on entry to school
  • At the end of the school day all surfaces, door handles, toilets and where possible equipment is being cleaned and disinfected 
Following advice yesterday, the Government now requires any person who shows the symptoms of Coronavirus to self-isolate.  The symptoms are:
  • a new continuous cough and/or
  • high temperature

If your child shows these symptoms then they should not attend school for 7 days.  They should only return after 7 days if they feel well and do not have the symptoms described above.  You should report your child's absence in the normal way.  

The advice regarding symptoms is the same for staff which of course, as in all settings, may pose a challenge in terms of staffing. 

We respectfully request that parents/carers who feel unwell, remain a safe distance from other parents, staff and pupils if dropping off or collecting children at school.

We are aware that a number of children are getting sore hands as a result of the necessity to wash them regularly. If you would like to supply your child with hand cream or a moisturiser, this should be labelled with their name and kept in their drawer. This will be for the sole use of your child and cannot be shared with others.

It is clear that the Government expect the virus to spread in the coming weeks and whilst there are currently no cases of Coronavirus at Bow Brickhill CE Primary it is important that we make preparations should it be necessary to close the school for a period of time.  
We know that any disruption will negatively affect learning and cause significant inconvenience for pupils and parents. Over the last few days we have been planning how we would continue to provide some form of education should it be necessary to close the school for a short period of time.  

We plan to try and put as much work as possible online (information regarding this will circulated as and when appropriate). We will, of course, do all that we can to support the needs of any pupils who do not have access to the internet at home.  Planned trips and visits will continue as scheduled unless we are instructed not to. In the meantime please encourage your children and family members to follow the widely published advice about regular hand washing with soap and water, the importance of using tissues when coughing and disposing of them in the bin and to avoid touching your face.

I will continue to keep you updated with the current Government advice for school as appropriate over the coming weeks. Should the situation regarding the functioning of the school change we will inform you immediately.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs McBurnie