13th March, 2020
Dear Parent / Carer
Following the announcement from the Prime Minister yesterday evening, I feel it is appropriate to update you on any possible implications this could have for the running of our school.
Firstly, we will be continuing to follow guidance from the Government, Public Health England and the NHS regarding coronavirus. The relevant agencies are still stressing that it is of the utmost importance to wash hands regularly and to avoid touching your face. These basic hygiene measures will help to protect your children, so please continue to remind them to follow the simple guidelines.
Changes to Guidance
The major change in approach from the government is surrounding what people should do if they develop particular symptoms. The guidance is now for people to stay at home for 7 days if they have either a high temperature or a new continuous cough. These people should follow the guidance which can be found by following this link:
The guidance is that only those displaying the symptoms, as described above, must stay at home, therefore other siblings should still attend school. As always, if your child is unable to attend school, please report their absence in the usual way.
If the school is affected by significant staff and pupil absence, we will need to consider altering the timetable by collapsing classes and reviewing any planned trips and visits. We will endeavour to continue to deliver a high quality education for your children, but please be aware that we may well need to be flexible and creative with our curriculum.
Possible School Closure
The Prime Minister also made reference to the possibility of schools needing to close in the future. And so it is only right that we prepare for such an eventuality. Staff at St Peter’s have already been planning how best to set and mark work remotely for the 1931 children at our school. The most efficient way to do this in the Primary phase will involve using the online platforms that we subscribe to. All students have login credentials for the following:
Mathletics (except for our Reception children)
Oxford Reading Buddy
It is vital that your children are able to login to these websites from home to ensure that they can access any work that will be set. If your child is unable to login to any of their accounts, please email email@example.com as soon as possible so that your login credentials can be re-issued.
We appreciate that some people may not be able to access the internet at home. If this is the case, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your child’s name and class, clearly identifying that you require work to be sent home in paper form. We would like to avoid sending work home via post as it will not be possible for this to be marked in a timely manner, so please only request paper copies to be sent home as a last resort.
In addition, teachers will prepare an overview of project-based learning that the children can carry out linked to their current topics. It is likely that we will send this out via e-mail so please ensure that the school has your current e-mail address and that, in the event of the school’s closure, you look out for this.
We have had a number of queries as to whether children/families should self-isolate. As education professionals, we do not have the specialist knowledge to give such medical advice. Therefore, please refer to the NHS website or 111 for any guidance in this area.
The Local Authority have assured us that the school will be notified by Public Health England if there is a specific case related to the school. I can confirm that at the time of writing this letter, we have had no such notifications.
It is likely that some staff and students will need to self-isolate over the coming weeks.
The chief medical officer for England, expects the peak of the outbreak to occur in 10 to 14 weeks time. This is likely to be of particular concern to those of you with children in Year 11 and 13, the current Ofqual advice regarding GCSEs and A Levels is that students should prepare as usual.
Our site team are ensuring that cleaners are particularly vigilant in cleaning areas that are touched most frequently ie door handles, desks, keyboards etc. They are also closely monitoring the school’s toilets and ensuring that soap and towels are replenished frequently.
Finally, we could be entering a challenging time for our community and it is important that we continue to work together to ensure we do the very best for our children. The situation is fluid, and we will continue to update you as more information becomes available. If you do have any questions, please contact us via email@example.com, but please bear in mind that it may take us longer to respond if we have a high volume of queries.
Ben Doyle Liz Wogan
Headteacher Head of Primary Phase