Parent letter on Corona Virus 9th March
9th March 2020
We are writing with regard to the Coronavirus. We want to reassure you that we receive regular updates from Barnet Local Authority and Public Health England and act upon these as is appropriate.
At the moment, as per advice, our main focus is to encourage good hygiene to minimise the spread of any infection. We are encouraging children to:
- Use tissues if they sneeze or cough and dispose of these in the bin
- Wash their hands with hot, soapy water for at least 20 seconds
We would be grateful if you could also encourage them to do this at home. We are teaching them to either sing Happy Birthday or a simple handwashing song to the tune of Frere Jacques.
‘Tops and bottoms, tops and bottoms,
All around the hands, all around the hands,
Keeps them clean, keeps them clean.’
It would also be helpful to ensure your child has tissues on them (although we do have them in every class) and encourage them to use them and bin them.
Current information suggests that symptoms in children are likely to be mild. However if the virus spreads, this may impact on staffing levels. If this happens we may need to implement steps such as the following:
- Cancelling non-statutory services such as Breakfast Club and After School clubs and boosters
- Splitting classes or sending some classes home. We will do our best to keep Year 6 in school as we are mindful this is final year for SATS and secondary school preparation
- Closing the nursery
We hope that none of these will be necessary. The school will only close if we are directed to do so by Public Health England.
Please inform the school immediately if you have had to phone 111 and are self-isolating. If you travel abroad, you can information and advice here.
You can also check information here regarding category 1 and 2 countries and areas.
The government has also launched a helpline for staff and parents to answer questions about COVID-19 in relation to education.
If we receive any further information, we will of course, keep you updated.
Sarah Deale Bruce McGill
Head teacher Chair of Governors