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Coronavirus COVID-19 - Update for Parents

We just wanted to keep you informed that we and the Hamwic Education Trust are still closely monitoring the situation regarding the Coronavirus and following the daily guidance and advice released from the Government and Department for Education.  We will post regular updates on our website under the latest news section (please click the parents tab on the sign post and then click on latest news).

 

At the moment, in line with this guidance released from the Government, Department for Education and Public Health, we are continuing to operate as normally as possible, however, we will be cancelling extra activities, trips and movement between schools. In light of this the following will happen:

 

  • The Year 2 trip to the New Forest Wildlife Park will be postponed until the summer term.  All payments made so far will be carried forward.
  • The school disco planned for 3rd April will be postponed until the summer term.
  • Breakfast and after school clubs will continue as normal unless further guidance is received
  • Egg rolling will continue as planned but we will send an update nearer the time regarding the Easter Bonnet parade planned for 3rd April
  • For the rest of this half term children will need to be dropped to the classroom door between 8.50 – 9am as parents will not be allowed into the classrooms

 

We are planning for potential school closures either as a result of direct instruction from the DfE or due to reduced staffing. Please note that this could lead to partial closures, where certain year groups are asked to remain at home.  If this were to happen then the school would provide a range of activities linked to their learning.  This will be a mixture of online resources and activities to do at home.

 

Could we therefore ask parents to ensure that school contact numbers are up to date and that parents check our website and emails regularly. In the event that we are required to close, we will inform parents by Parentmail as soon as we are able to and also publish information on our website under the latest news section.

 

We continue to ask our pupils, staff and visitors to follow effective handwashing and hygiene principles. Can we also encourage this practice at home.

 

As per the current Government guidance if your child develops a new or continuous cough and/or a high temperature, they should self-isolate for 7 days.

 

The DfE have also launched a helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687           Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

 

I appreciate that we are currently in an unusual situation and do not wish alarm parents. Thank you for your understanding and if you do have any concerns, then please contact me to discuss.

Yours sincerely

 

Beverly Corbin - Headteacher

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