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Dear Parents and Carers,

 

RE: Parent and Carer Information : Coronavirus

 

As the situation with the Coronavirus continues to change, we would like to keep you as informed as we possibly can.

 

The latest government guidance for schools can be found here:

 

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

 

And further medical advice is available here: https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19

 

The Government has maintained the view that schools should not close at the moment.  As a school, we will continue to uphold this for as long as is possible.

 

Some of you have expressed concern regarding the possible symptoms of the virus and the school’s position.

 

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are a new, continuous cough or a high temperature.

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild infection. 

 

When and why would my child be sent home?

Our guidance is:

Any pupils or staff with these symptoms should be sent home. They should then follow the guidance for self isolation:

  • If they live with others, then they must again self-isolate for 7 days but anyone they live with must self-isolate for 14 days

If they need clinical advice they should:

  • Use the online NHS 111 service, or call 111 if they don't have internet access
  • If they're seriously ill or injured or their life is at risk, call 999

 Anyone with symptoms is now being urged to self-isolate (stay at home) for 14 days, rather than 7 days as it was before. Anyone who lives with someone with symptoms should also self-isolate for 14 days.

 

As headteacher, I will assess each case carefully however the clear guidance is that if your child has a cough and  / or temperature they will need to be sent home.  If they have a sibling the sibling will also be sent home from this moment on.

 

We are reminding children to wash their hands more often than they'd normally do, for 20 seconds.

 

I would again like to remind all parents and carers that we are doing all that we can and that your children are safe and calm at school.  We even have new flowers and vases on the dining table which has kept the cheer going.

 

Thank you for your continued support as this turbulent time.  I will keep you up to date.  A copy of this letter is also available on our website at www.combergrove.co.uk under news and events / latest news.

 

S Bowmer

 

Sarah Bowmer

Headteacher

 

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