Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

Information and guidance

National Lockdown - 4th January 2021

School is open to children of critical workers, LAC and vulnerable children only.

Parents should contact the school via email or telephone by Friday to book a place for their child the following week. You must provide the school with written evidence from your employer that you are a critical worker.

Please advise the school office as soon as you can if you need to cancel your place for any reason.

This is our Remote education provision: information for parents document required during this current lockdown period.

Operational Risk Assessment

The children who do have to come into school are doing exactly the same learning as we are sending home. Your children are not missing out on anything – most of their friends are at home so they are not missing out on the social side of things. Schools have been ‘closed’ in order to limit contact and prevent the spread between households. High numbers of children in school at this point in time will present challenges with regard to social distancing and we want to ensure our school is fully able to continue in its duty of care of keeping staff, children and parents as safe as possible. Parents of children in school, have only taken this option as a last resort and continue to keep their children at home when they are not in work. If it is at all possible for you to care for your child at home, then you should do so.

   

The main symptoms of COVID

It can be difficult to know what to do if your child has new symptoms.
This guide will hopefully assist you.

The main symptoms of COVID are

a high temperature - feels hot to touch on back or chest / measured over 37.8C

a new continuous cough - more than 1 hour at a time, or 3 or more episodes of coughing in 24hrs

a loss of or change in sense of smell or taste

If your child has one or more of these symptoms please arrange a COVID test and follow self-isolating guidelines. You can book a test on nhs.uk/coronavirus, or if you do not have internet access, call 119. Self-isolate until results are available.

If you are concerned about your child's health (COVID or other) then contact your GP or 111 as normal. If you have queries about COVID symptoms you can call 111 at any time.

Other COVID symptoms in children.

It has been reported that children can have other symptoms related to COVID. This can include all the common childhood symptoms such as sore throat, runny nose, headaches, aches and pains, stomach upset and tiredness.

If you are concerned about your child's health because they are significantly unwell you should contact your GP / 111 as normal. 

www.nhs.uk/coronavirus for information on symptoms, self-isolation and testing

Social Distancing

To reduce the risk of catching or spreading coronavirus, try to keep at least 2 metres away from people you do not live with. Social distancing is essential to stop the spread of the virus, as it is more likely to spread when people are close together. An infected person can pass on the virus even if they do not have any symptoms, through talking, breathing, coughing or sneezing.

When with people you do not live with, you should also avoid: physical contact; being close and faceto-face; and shouting or singing close to them. You should also avoid crowded areas with lots of people; and touching things that other people have touched.

School Transport

School Transport – Guidance re Covid-19: Council Webpage

The Council’s Passenger Transport Group have provided school transport guidance for the Covid-19 emergency and published this on the following webpage:

https://shropshire.gov.uk/school-transport

Home Learning Plan

Home Learning Policy statement

Handwashing advice

It is essential that everyone washes their hands more often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hand washing with soap employs mechanical action that loosens bacteria and viruses from the skin, rinsing them into the drain. Drying hands afterwards makes the skin less hospitable to the virus. Hand sanitiser can be effective if soap is not available or the situation makes using soap less feasible (i.e. when outside) but using hand sanitiser provides none of the virus-destroying friction that rubbing your hands together and rinsing with water provides.

The latest guidance and video on hand washing can be found at:

https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/best-way-to-wash-your-hands/

Supporting Mental Health

Read 'How to stay safe' from the BBC News website Click here

Useful contacts: We want to ensure you get the right support and advice to help you through these times.

Our home learning links can be found here.

You can read further Government advice here.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/supporting-your-childrens-education-during-coronavirus-covid-19

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-keeping-children-safe-online/coronavirus-covid-19-support-for-parents-and-carers-to-keep-children-safe-online