Coronavirus Update – Please read carefully.
For the last 3 weeks, we have been following a strategic action plan in order to reduce the chances of spreading bugs and viruses throughout the school and wider community. Following yesterday's announcement by the British Government to move to the delay/mitigate phase, we move into the new phase of our action plan and increase the measures within our strategy aimed at reducing the chance of spreading infection between pupils, their families and staff.
Until further notice, we are implementing key actions to reduce the number of contact situations both between pupils and our wider school population, which require a number of changes to our normal routines.
There will be no whole school assemblies, masses, swimming and other activities involving large gatherings of pupils. There are a number of other actions aimed at reducing contact situations which will take place in school, including the use of resources, books, registers, the lunchtime routine and more. In addition, we are carrying out additional cleaning more frequently during and after the school day. At the beginning and end of the school day, the gates will be opened 10 minutes earlier to reduce the flow of ‘traffic’ and contact between people. We would ask, at this point, that you only enter the school premises if it is essential to do so and when you do, please wash your hands in the accessibility toilet before you enter the main school. If your query can be managed by phone or online, please use this form of communication.
If pupils have any symptoms of the virus, outlined on the gov.uk website, including a cough, sneezes or a runny nose, fever, aches or breathing difficulties, you will be asked to collect your child and they should not return to school until 7 days later.
As a leadership team, we will continue to meet daily and keep you briefed on advice from the government or the St Ralph Sherwin CMAT. In the event of school closure, which may happen in the future, we have a 'Continuation of Learning Plan' that will support your child.
If you are concerned or have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact your child's class teacher through Class Dojo in the first instance. If they are not able to help, they will pass on your concern to a member of the senior leadership team.
Finally, if your child has ongoing and underlying medical needs and you have concerns, it is suggested that you contact your usual medical professionals for advice and reassurance.
I appreciate that these unprecedented circumstances may be difficult to adjust to and I thank you for your support over the coming weeks and months.
With best wishes,
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