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Parent and Carer Information - Coronavirus

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

RE: Parent and Carer Information : Coronavirus

 

 

As you will be aware, the situation regarding the Coronavirus is changing very quickly, and I write to keep all parents and carers fully informed on the school’s procedures based on the very latest guidance available. Firstly, may I provide reassurance that we currently have no reports of illness amongst students or staff which raise specific concerns linked to Coronavirus. We will keep you fully informed if that should change.  Some parents have approached the school with a number of questions. I will address the school related issues in this letter, but urge you to use these reliable sources for any medical guidance that you require:

 

The latest government advice on the virus can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-governmentresponse

 

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

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Will the school close?

Comber Grove School is open and will operate as usual. We will continue to follow official government advice. If any cases of COVID-19 should be confirmed at Comber Grove, we would be in contact with the Public Health England Health Protection Team who would work with the school to conduct a risk assessment to decide the appropriate next steps.

 

What will happen if the school does close?

We are preparing for the possibility that the government may advise schools to close for a period of time. We currently have no information on the likelihood of this, over and above the information which is available to the general public. If the decision is taken to close the school, we will be sharing further information about plans to ensure educational resources are available to all our pupils. Plans are already in place to prepare for this scenario. Please bear in mind that any decision to close schools will reach the school at the same time it reaches the general public, so we would ask parents and carers to await decisions from the school on the next steps, which will be made as quickly as possible.

 

When should your child not come to school?

 

The latest advice is:

  • Any pupils who feel unwell with either a new, continuous cough and/or a high temperature should stay at home for a period of 7 days.
  • If your child has these symptoms and you are concerned, use the NHS 111 online service or call NHS 111. Do not go to the GP surgery or any other healthcare setting.
  • Any pupil who is known to have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 should stay at home and self-isolate for 14 days.

 

Will school trips still go ahead?

Presently there is no advice to schools to cancel trips in the UK, so planned trips will be going ahead. It is possible, as the government advice to schools evolves, that further action may need to be taken. This could include the postponement or cancellation of school trips and school events. Decisions will be made on a case by case basis, based on the best information available, and we will let parents and carers know as soon as we are able to do so.

 

What is the school’s duty of care?

If we are concerned about the health and wellbeing of any pupils who are in school, we will contact parents and carers and ask for children to be collected from school as soon as possible.

 

I would like to assure you that the school is following official guidance and is managing the situation appropriately and calmly. We are following our normal school routines, whilst promoting and reinforcing additional hygiene and health and safety procedures. Please do support us and our staff in our efforts to avoid causing undue alarm amongst our children.

 

I would again like to remind all parents and carers that all of the above measures are precautionary.

 

Thank you for your continued support.

 

S Bowmer

 

Sarah Bowmer

Headteacher

 

 

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