Coronavirus Update from the Kidsgrove team: 16th March 2020
As you will be aware the government’s guidance on the coronavirus has changed from the ‘contain’ phase to one of “delaying” the spread of the virus. We’d like to reassure you that at Waterside Primary School we are taking all of the necessary steps to protect our community and are continuing to follow official guidance from the Department for Education and Public Health England.
What is the latest information?
The school remains open – this is the current official guidance we’ve been given. Currently all the school functions continue to run as normal, although we are restricting visitors to the school and are remaining on site for the duration of the day. Pupils should attend unless they feel unwell – if your child has any of the following symptoms, they should remain in isolation at home for 14 days: a new, continuous cough and/or a temperature
What if my child is unwell?
If your child is unwell, report this as you would normally by contacting the school office. It is important that you detail the symptoms, so we can ascertain if your child is off for self-isolation or is poorly due to other illnesses. We’ll keep you up to date with any changes to the current situation.
What are we doing as a school to lower the risks?
Pupils are requested to wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, at several points during the day. This is always prior to eating. Younger children are supervised whilst they wash their hands. Lessons and assemblies have been delivered to children regarding daily hygiene and to provide reassurance about the virus.
Where children develop symptoms during the day, we will contact parents and request they are collected promptly.
All visitors are requested to wash their hands or use sanitizer gel upon signing in. Non-essential visitors to the school have been advised that the school is restricting access.
The daily cleaning routine prioritises high contact areas such as toilets, classrooms, dining spaces, touch points and door handles. Cleaning staff know and understand the Infection Control Procedures. They are encouraged to share their concerns
What can you do to help us as parents?
If you’ve recently changed your contact details, please inform the school office as soon as possible via [email/telephone]
Talk to your children about the coronavirus. It’s a scary time and we should make sure children feel supported. BBC Newsround has regular updates for younger children and YoungMinds has practical steps older children can take to help with anxiety.
Come and collect your child straight away, if we ask you to (we’ll contact you if they become ill with either a temperature or a new, continuous cough).
What happens if the school has to close?
We’ll only close if we’re either officially advised to do so or we don’t have enough staff to run the school under Health and Safety grounds. In either case, we’ll:
Write to you informing you of the closure and the reasons behind this decision.
Communicate with you via text message and website updates the details of the school reopening date.
Inform you of how we will set work for pupils during closure and how you can stay in touch with the school. This will be a mixture of online learning and paper-based activities. Please keep in mind that we’re only sending out this information to help the school community prepare.
There are currently no plans to close.
Should you have any questions – please do email or phone the school and we will respond immediately. We thank you all for your positive support during what is a tricky and anxious time for all.
Mrs Knowles and the Waterside Droplet team