Cases of Covid-19 are spreading in a large number of countries across the world. Whilst the number in the UK is still relatively low (below 600) they are rising steadily each day.
Schools receive daily government guidance, and we are in regular contact with the Local Authority regarding the county-wide situation. Advice suggests it is very likely that the number of cases will continue to rise during the next few weeks.
So far government strategy has been to try and limit the number of infections; this was called the Contain Stage. This advice has now changed to the Delay Stage. During this, the focus is to slow down rates of infection as it moves into the general population.
At this current time, school is open and operating as usual and pupils are expected to attend every day. As always, our school will continue to follow national guidance. As and when the situation changes for our school, following advice, we will contact you again.
Please note the latest advice below which applies to adults and children: Stay at home for 7 days if you have either:
a high temperature (37.8 degrees or higher)
a new, continuous cough
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If members of your family are showing symptoms of either of the above and even if your child/children are not appearing unwell, the advice from 111 is that children should stay at home for 7 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.
You should remain at home until 7 days after your symptoms started. After 7 days, if you feel better, and no longer have a high temperature, you can return to your normal routine.
If after 7 days you are not showing any signs of improvement, and have not already sought medical advice, you should contact NHS 111.
A cough may persist for several weeks in some people, despite the coronavirus infection having cleared. A persistent cough alone does not mean you must continue to self-isolate for more than 7 days.
Water bottles in school
Please ensure that your child brings a water bottle into school each day as we have removed all the plastic cups from the classrooms. Water bottles will be sent home at the end of each day for cleaning.