We take the health and safety and wellbeing of our pupils and staff very seriously, and, as such, we want to reassure you that we are following the guidance from Public Health England and the Department for Education (DfE).
The risk is currently low in County Durham, however to minimise the spread of any infection in school we are:
- All children and staff are hand washing regularly
- We are ensuring school is cleaned thoroughly daily
- We have displayed posters around school regarding hand hygiene
- We are working with the children to ensure high standard of cleanliness.
We have made a decision as of today to cancel the following:
- Dance competition for Y4, Y6 and the dance club
- Yoga after school club
- Dodgeball after school club
- Phoenix Fire champions project for Y5
- Easter egg decoration afternoon parents to attend
- SEND coffee morning – this will be postponed until after the Easter break
- Swimming lessons for Y3 and Y4 from
- Football after school club
We have taken these steps to safeguard you children. If circumstances arise where the school must close, we will inform you in our usual way – a letter, texting and social media
We are currently making plans for supporting your child’s education should a closure become necessary and will keep you informed on this.
Prevent the spread of infection
Make sure you and your children follow these general principles to prevent spreading any respiratory virus:
- Wash your hands often – with soap and water and scrub for at least 20 seconds, or an alcohol-based sanitiser if soap and water aren’t available
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact with people who are unwell
- If you feel unwell, stay at home and don’t attend work or school
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then place the tissue in a bin and then wash your hands
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home
If you’re worried about your symptoms, please call NHS 111 – don’t go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment
The most recent UK government advice (16.03.2020) is that anyone with a new continuous cough and a high temperature should self-isolate for seven days.
If you or your children have returned from abroad in the last 14 days, please follow the link below for advice about category 1 and 2 countries.
Symptoms to look out for
If you’ve returned from any of the category 1 or 2 areas or countries or been in contact with anyone who has visited these countries, look out for the following symptoms:
- Difficulty in breathing
- Fever (a temperature of 38 degrees C or higher)
- Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with other flu viruses.
Please see the link below for information about self-isolation.
- Call NHS 111 immediately for an assessment (or 999 if you require emergency medical attention)
As I mentioned, we are following the guidance from Public Health England and the DfE, but this is being updated regularly in response to the changing situation. We will monitor and follow the national guidance as it is updated and would urge you to do the same.
If you or your child have any further concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Smith and or Mrs Harrison via the school office.