How to help your child understand the Coronavirus.
The documentation below forms part of the many documents for schools and education settings and these have been updated multiple times in the past weeks. Please bear with us whilst we get our heads around all the changes.
For further Government guidance on this please see the links below.
Following concerns raised by GP’s that some schools are sending parents to them for testing if a child is symptomatic, I want to remind you that the correct process is to advise the parent to either contact 111 or visit nhs.uk/coronavirus. For ease the link to the new flowchart is below:
Advice for schools and settings
What Parents and Carers need to know!
Please talk through Social Distancing with your child before they return to school
Support for parents from the DfE
We understand this is a challenging time for parents too, many of whom are now supporting their children’s learning at home or may have questions about their children potentially returning to school.
We have developed the following guidance and resources for parents to support them at this time:
- Q&A which answers key questions parents may have
- Guidance for parents on supporting learning at home for early years and primary age children (secondary school guidance to follow)
- List of online resources to support children’s development
Information about Free School Meals (FSM) provision
This guidance explains what schools should do to make sure eligible pupils have continued access to free school meals where the pupil is not attending school. This is not the same as Universal Free School Meals (UFSM) provided to all Year R, 1 and 2 children.
The Government website and information is here.
Under normal circumstances, schools are not expected to provide free school meals to eligible children who are not attending due to illness or if the school is closed. However, during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak we expect schools to continue to provide support to these pupils if the school is:
- only open for certain groups
National voucher scheme
We have in-house provision and this is how we will continue to provide FSM until such a time that our kitchen is closed. We have signed up with teh National provider for Free School Meal vouchers and these should be with you now. Any problems contact teh school office.
These vouchers are ONLY for Free School Meals and not Universal Free School Meals as are given to all Year R,1 + 2 children currently.
- Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
- Always wash your hands when you get home or into work/school
- Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- Put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
- Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
If you suspect you have symptoms:
- try to keep at least 2 metres (3 steps) from other people in your home, particularly people over 70, or those with long-term health conditions
- ask friends, family and delivery services to deliver things like food shopping and medicines but leave them outside
- sleep alone, if possible
- regularly wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds
- drink plenty of water and take everyday painkillers, such as paracetamol, to help with your symptoms
- do not have visitors (ask people to leave deliveries outside)
- do not leave your home, for example to go for a walk, to school or to public places
The key new government measures are:
What to do if you feel unwell
How long to stay at home if you have symptoms
Anyone with symptoms should stay at home for at least 10 days.
If you live with other people, they should stay at home for at least 14 days, to avoid spreading the infection outside the home.
After 14 days, anyone you live with who does not have symptoms can return to their normal routine.
But, if anyone in your home gets symptoms, they should stay at home for 10 days from the day their symptoms start. Even if it means they're at home for longer than 14 days.
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.
Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:
- you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
- your condition gets worse
- your symptoms do not get better after 7 days
Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.
Steps we are taking
- Every visitor has their temperature taken on entry and their hands washed or sanitised.
- As well as the usual cleaning by our cleaners, overseen by our site team, there will be daily cleaning/disinfecting of all high-traffic hand areas, such as push plates on doors, door handles, tables, sinks etc
- A plan has already been put in place where key areas of the school are cleaned/disinfected after each use
- All bins are emptied at the end of the day.
- We had a deep clean across the school during the Easter break.
- Physical contact is an inevitable process in school, but, of course, there are risks of people passing on a virus (as has always been the case). We are keeping a strict 2 metre distance where possible.
- We would recommend that people continue to follow the NHS guidelines above (‘Staying healthy’) taking particular note to regularly wash hands, particularly after significant physical contact. The advice is also to avoid touching your face or other surfaces until hand washing has happened.
- The children will be asked to sanitise/wash their hands on entering school in the morning, regularly throughout the day and again just before school finishes
- As normal, if a child feels unwell, then we would ask you not to bring them in.
If you have any questions please ring and ask to speak to the Head of School Mrs Sullivan by making an appointment via the the school office. email@example.com - 01233 622673