Corona Virus Latest Update 16th March 2020
Dear Parents / Carers 16th March 2020
This letter is sent out to reassure you that whilst we are healthy in school we are now putting measures in place to ensure that our children and staff remain safe and well in this current climate. Please do not panic- these measures are precautionary. Attendance last week was very good 98%. We just need to be very sensible.
We know that some of the postponements listed below will be a disappointment for our pupils and staff, but we trust that you all understand that we are taking precautions that we feel are necessary at this time. We have been in constant touch with the LA and their Public Health England workers regarding the Coronavirus and we have taken daily advice from the gov.uk updates. With this advice in mind we have decided it is sensible to implement the following:-
Notification of Absence
As is our policy, please ensure that you ring through on the first day and every day thereafter of your child’s absence. If you have a concern that the symptoms are those similar to the Coronavirus it is important that you let office staff know immediately as well as following current government guidelines. We must report our absence figures to the LA by 9:30am each day.
Thursday 26th March 2020 are now postponed. A new date will be circulated as soon as is practical.
Nursery Stay and Play Session
Friday 20th March This has been postponed, we will schedule a new date in the Summer Term.
Mothering Sunday Mass
Sunday 22nd March 2020. This Mass will still continue however we are not taking Year 1 and Year 2 as whole classes to the Mass. Parents should attend their normal weekend service.
Breakfast and After School Club
This will continue to operate, however when pressing the bell, you will be asked to wait and a member of staff will come to either collect your child, or pass your child over to you. Please be patient. Head Teacher: Mrs. T Johnston
After School Clubs
These will continue as normal, with the usual dismissal process.
The performances for parents will be postponed until after Easter.
There will be no Mass in school until further notice.
Children will not be attending Tuesday Parish Mass.
Y6 Stations of the Cross Service 25th March 2020
This is cancelled.
Streetly High School have informed us that all sporting events are now postponed until after Easter. It is our hope that these will be re-scheduled.
Parents Phonics Meeting
This meeting is cancelled the information will be uploaded onto the website
The office staff and I are on hand to deal with queries and give advice; government updates are sent directly to me.
A link has been given for the government website and its latest advice and it is on our school website. https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response. As you will appreciate, this is an ever-changing environment and we will update you as soon as we are made aware of any changes.
In school we encourage the children to be thorough in their handwashing and hygiene in line with the guidance. Children have been reminded about good handwashing and how to deal with sneezes and dirty tissues.
We have plenty of soap and paper towels in the cloakrooms and we are still told that using soap and water is the best way to stop the spread.
The following information and advice from the government has been shared. It is still the most pertinent advice.
How to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus
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 straight away and wash your hands afterwards
try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell Head Teacher: Mrs. T Johnston
do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
Cleaning and Catering
Mrs Riddings is on top of this! Cleaning of surfaces in class rooms takes place at least three times during the school day as well as a more stringent clean by the cleaners after school. Handles, doors and all hard surfaces etc are being regularly wiped down with antibacterial cleaner.
The school kitchen and breakfast and after school club have adapted their procedures to ensure less risk of contamination.
Although Mass will now not take place in school until further notice I thought it would be useful to circulate the following information.
In accordance with the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales we will change our practices in Mass as follows.
That we all wash our hands or use sanitiser before Mass.
Communion will always be taken by our hands and given so that the host is placed on a hand without the priest or minister touching the hand and not taken by mouth.
We will not have offertory processions to limit the number of people who touch the sacred vessels.
The sign of peace is suspended but we can smile and nod at those nearby.
It is most important that we remain sensible about this matter and do all we can to ensure that we strictly follow guidelines to keep our communities safe.
Mrs T Johnston