I am writing with the latest updates regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) following the revised Government information.
We have taken the following measures across the Federation:
- All members of the school community continue to wash their hands regularly using soap and hand gel.
- From tomorrow, all visitors to our school are suspended. These include parent volunteers, governors and other external agencies.
This means that we have taken the decision to cancel some forthcoming events on the calendar, these include:
- All parent assemblies
- Peripatetic music lessons, including guitar, keyboard and ukulele
- Open the book assemblies at Barlow and Burton Salmon
- Mothers’ Day lunch at Barlow
- York City Knights Rugby (P.E. lesson and after school club)
- Stay and Play Friday sessions at Barlow
- Easter Services
- The Chapel Haddlesey visit to the Danelaw centre
- Burton Salmon open afternoon
- Parents’ Evenings
- Swimming at Chapel Haddlesey and Barlow
Key government guidance points for schools are as follows:
Schools, as yet, will not be closing. We anticipate that this may soon be the case and will most likely be directed by the government. We will let you know more about this as soon as we have information. It is worth noting that staff across the federation are also bound by the same isolation advice. We have staff with underlying health problems, and we anticipate that we will be stretched as of next week. Supply agencies are struggling to meet demand and we are hesitant to invite supply teachers into our schools given their potential exposure whilst working at other schools. With this in mind, we are cancelling after school curriculum clubs from next week and refunds will be issued on ParentPay before Easter. At this moment in time, we are still operating breakfast and after school club as part of our wraparound care provision.
Anyone who has symptoms of the coronavirus infection (COVID-19) should stay at home and not leave their house for 14 days from when the symptom(s) started. The stated symptoms are a new, continuous cough and/or, high temperature (above 37.8). Please keep your child off from school in these circumstances but DO keep school informed. Anyone living in the same house should now self-isolate (including siblings and parents/carers) for 14 days. Additional information is attached to this letter.
Please inform us in the usual way on the first day of absence if you are following advice to self-isolate. We may also have to contact you to collect your child if they show these signs within the school day.
Thank you for your support and understanding during this turbulent time. I will keep you updated with any further advice as I receive it.
Attached appendix with further information below.
Guidance copied directly from https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance
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 alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus illness (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started.
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.
for anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14-day isolation period.
if you can, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period.
if you cannot move vulnerable people out of your home, stay away from them as much as possible.
if you have coronavirus symptoms:
- do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital
- you do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home
- testing for coronavirus is not needed if you’re staying at home
plan ahead and ask others for help to ensure that you can successfully stay at home and consider what can be done for vulnerable people in the household.
ask your employer, friends and family to help you to get the things you need to stay at home.
wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water, or use hand sanitiser
if you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, or your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days, then use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service. If you do not have internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.
For more information, please read the Government advice using this link: