Dear Parents and Carers 11th March 2020
Today, a member of teaching staff has self-isolated as a precaution after contact with a person who has since been confirmed positive for Coronavirus.
Whilst our Foundation Stage Teacher has not yet been tested, we feel that this precaution is sensible whilst they take further advice. They are currently awaiting testing.
Following Public Health England guidelines, and contact with the Department for Education, there is no need at this stage for the school to take further action, and your child should continue to attend school. Their advice is to monitor the situation in school and seek further advice if we have concerns. The safety of your child is always at the forefront of our priorities in school.
I have been asked by the Department of Education to reassure parents that they are happy with the steps we are taking to minimise the chances of the virus spreading in school but also that if any parent has any concerns, to encourage them to contact the DfE direct on: 0800 046 8687.
I can confirm that areas of the school have undergone a deep clean and we have already implemented more thorough cleaning practices across the school since returning from the half term break. All the children and staff are washing hands regularly.
I will of course update you on this and all matters concerning Coronavirus regularly as the picture develops. I am hopeful that this is an over cautious move on our part; we want to be extra vigilant and hope that you will support us in our efforts to follow guidelines.
Mrs E Duffell
What is the risk of catching coronavirus in the UK?
The UK Chief Medical Officers have raised the risk to the public from low to moderate.
Symptoms of coronavirus
The symptoms of coronavirus are:
But these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness.
The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu and most people can continue to go to work, school and other public places.