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COVID - 19 (Coronavirus) - School Information Update 17th March 2020

 

 

 

Following yesterday’s governmental update on the Coronavirus situation I am writing to you to update you on the school’s current position.

Bromstone is currently following guidance and advice from the Local Authority and Public Health England and will continue to monitor the situation.

To try and keep your child safe we have put the following measures in place:

1. All children are encouraged to wash their hands on a regular basis. All classrooms have access to hand washing facilities either in or very close to their classrooms. Soap dispensers are checked regularly to ensure there is an adequate supply.

2. Each classroom also has a "Snuffle/Nose Wiping station. These consist of an area of the classroom where children can wipe their nose, place the tissue in a tissue specific bin and then clean their hands using sanitiser gel.

3. Each classroom has been issued with tissues, antibacterial soap, hand sanitiser gel and an antibacterial spray. These are regularly checked and the school has a plentiful supply of these materials.

4. Every classroom is cleaned on a daily basis using antibacterial spray

5. All common areas that have doors and coded keypads are disinfected twice per day by the sites team.

6. In order to prevent whole Year groups and Key Stages from gathering in a single area, school assemblies have been suspended until further notice.

7. Supplies of all cleaning materials and toilet paper are being maintained at a high level.

8. The situation within the school is being monitored throughout the day and additional control measures are put it to place where appropriate.

9. Non-urgent visitors to the school are, from today being postponed.

10. The Festival of Song Event, Yr 6 Ramsgate Tunnel Trip and Yr 3 Parent Event will be cancelled. Other trips planned for later in the year are under review.

Despite these measures, some children and staff may need to self-isolate if they have any of the following:

1. A new or continuous cough and/or

2. A high temperature.

3. If one person in your household has a persistent cough or fever, everyone living there must

stay at home for 14 days.

If you confirm that your child is self-isolating then they MUST NOT return to school for 14 days. Their absence will be recorded as Coronavirus related.

Government guidance currently states that if you or your household is self-isolating then, if possible, you should avoid leaving the house "even to buy food or essentials" - but you may leave the house "for exercise and, in that case, at a safe distance from others"

The guidance and advice we are following is available on the government website at

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid- 19/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

In addition, the Department for Education has launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education:

Phone: 0800 046 8687 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday

Email : DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk

Details on self-isolation can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/public-health-england

There are NO plans to close the school. However, if there is staff absence the school may need to revise or change its normal routines and activities. With this in mind, the paid for After School Club will continue to run whilst we have staffing to run it. We will keep you updated on any changes. If for any reason we need to contact parents and carers concerning the schools position the usual communication channels will be used, namely text messages, email and the school website.

Could we also ask parents to ensure we have correct contact numbers/email addresses should we need to contact you urgently as the situation is changing daily and we need to be able to update you.

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