SCHOOL CLOSURE – FRIDAY 20TH MARCH
The Government have now instructed us to close the school to almost all children and until further notice. As advised by the Government, we will do all we can to stay open for the children of key workers (e.g. NHS staff, Police, others in front line services, and children with EHCP or who have a social worker).
Please note that this a national closure so while it is a challenging situation we are not alone. We’ll hopefully re-open fully as soon as we can and let you know when this is. Packs of work are being completed for all children and will be sent home either today or tomorrow with detailed letters and further clarification. We thank you for your patience and understanding.
If you have any further questions regarding this situation please do not hesitate to contact the School directly on 01325 730366 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Many thanks for your continued support during this challenging and uncertain time.
Communication with Parents
The School will continue to keep parents informed through our Our Schools app, website, Facebook page and written communications, acting upon the advice of relevant public bodies. To do this it is vital we have accurate and up-to-date contact details for parents. COULD WE PLEASE ASK THAT ALL PARENTS SEND US AN EMAIL TO email@example.com USING YOUR PREFERRED EMAIL ADDRESS SO WE CAN ALWAYS KEEP IN REGULAR TOUCH WITH YOU.
Communication with Pupils
All students have been spoken to regarding good hand hygiene (hand washing techniques) and are frequently reminded to do so during the school day. They also follow the NHS ‘Catch It, Bin It, Kill It’ Advice. The National Institute for Clinical Excellence has recommended the use of e-Bug to teach students about hygiene.
Posters are displayed around the school to remind pupils of this. Soap and tissues are also available in every classroom.
The BBC News Website has published a helpful guide for parents speaking to young people about the current situation.
What is Covid-19 (Coronavirus)
COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus.
Government guidance to schools and the situation at Ingleton C of E Primary School
The School receives daily updates from the Department for Health and Social Care, Public Health England and the Department for Education. This guidance is published at the links below:
Further information / guidance can be found by clicking on the following links:
Overview of Coronavirus
NHS How to Wash Your Hands Correctly
Stay at home: guidance for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection
Government guidance states that you must:
- a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
- a new, continuous cough – this means you’ve started coughing repeatedly
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.
Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you’re staying at home.
How long to stay at home
- if you have symptoms, stay at home for 7 days
- if you live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms
If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days.
If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.
Read our advice about staying at home.
Urgent advice: Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:
- you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
- your condition gets worse
- your symptoms do not get better after 7 days
Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.
How to avoid catching and spreading coronavirus (social distancing)
Everyone should do what they can to stop coronavirus spreading.
It is particularly important for people who:
- are 70 or over
- have a long-term condition
- are pregnant
- have a weakened immune system
- wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
- always wash your hands when you get home or into work
- use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
- avoid close contact with people who have symptoms of coronavirus
- only travel on public transport if you need to
- work from home, if you can
- avoid social activities, such as going to pubs, restaurants, theatres and cinemas
- avoid events with large groups of people
- use phone, online services, or apps to contact your GP surgery or other NHS services
- do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
- do not have visitors to your home, including friends and family
There are some countries and areas where there’s a higher chance of coming into contact with someone with coronavirus.
If you’re planning to travel abroad and are concerned about coronavirus, see advice for travellers on GOV.UK.
Treatment for coronavirus
There is currently no specific treatment for coronavirus.
Antibiotics do not help, as they do not work against viruses.
Treatment aims to relieve the symptoms while your body fights the illness.
You’ll need to stay in isolation, away from other people, until you have recovered.
The Department of Education has launched a helpline for young people, parents and staff to raise questions about the coronavirus outbreak:
Telephone: 0800 046 8667 (8am-6pm)
Please be assured that we are reviewing Government guidance daily and will take all necessary action to protect the pupils and staff of the School, taking advice from Public Health England, the National Health Service and the Departments for Health and Social Care and Education.