Update - 18/03/2020 1900
We have no doubt that there will be many questions emerging from the announcement by the government this afternoon.
From Monday onwards we will only be open for pupils who are especially vulnerable and those of parents of critical industry workers. The definition of ‘critical industry workers’ is not yet finalised but it is likely to include NHS staff, police staff, delivery drivers, staff working in factories making ventilator machines, etc. Once we have the definitive list we will communicate this via the school website for all parents/carers and we are working on a system by which we can capture this information from you.
We cannot thank you enough for your patience on these matters. We would like to take this opportunity to say that each family needs to make decisions for the best of their families and we will work to support you as best we can with the resources and facilities we have available at our disposal. The community we serve reflects our core values of kindness, happiness and teamwork and is caring, inclusive community. Together we will emerge from this as strong and as united as ever.
Mrs Greaves & Mrs Ellison
Update 18/03/2020 1330
There are currently no confirmed cases of COVID-19 amongst the children or staff team at Simmondley Primary School.
In line with Public Health England guidance there are staff, children and parents who are self -isolating for 7 days because they have the symptoms of a high temperature and or a new continuous cough.
There are also staff, children and parents who are self-isolating for 14 days because a member of their family has the symptoms of a high temperature and or a continuous cough.
There are also staff, children and parents who are self-isolating because they are in the high risk group with underlying health issues.
Current advice remains in place: no education or social care setting should close in response to a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England.
Preparing for potential self-isolation and closure:
While there's been no change to the position on school closure in England we are planning for a potential closure.
In the event of a part or whole school closure, parents will be notified at the earliest opportunity and work will be posted on the website for each age group.
Update 17/03/2020 1430
In order to delay the spread of infections, we have decided to:
- Cancel all after school clubs (Sunrise and Sunset to remain open at present)
- Rearrange all trips until after Easter
- Stop assemblies for the time being
- Cancel the Mother’s Day Tea
- Rearrange the Zulu Nation Theatre Workshop
- Cancel school swimming at present
- Continue to stagger lunch times
- Stop visitors and volunteers (other than students at present)
- Cancel Toddler Group until further notice
- Rearrange Parents Evening until after Easter
- Cancel face to face meeting with parents (telephone appointments can be made)
School closures: the chief scientific adviser has now said it "may be necessary" to think about closures in the future. However, the DfE is still advising schools to stay open, unless: ◦Our local health protection team tells us to close, or
◦We don't have enough staff in to run the school – in which case we will initially consider partial closure for some classes. We will make this assessment with support from our local authority.
If a child is absent from school due to self-isolation this will be marked as an authorised absence.
Please can I respectfully ask that you do not ring school to ask us to make the decision on your behalf. Public Health England guidance can be found at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
In all that we do we will adhere to following three principles:
1.Safeguard our children and staff
2.Keep the education of students going as normally as possible
3.Maintain support for the most vulnerable members of the community
As I have said in my previous communication, we will be following Public Health England guidance at all times and I will inform you when there are any updates. We really appreciate your continued support at this challenging time for us all.