Parent Update 15/3/20

Parent Update - 15th March 2020

It is unusual for me to update you on a Sunday, but we are in unusual times and I want to keep you up to speed with any information we have relating to Coronavirus. Firstly Attendance was 79% (Infants) and 84% (Juniors) on Friday. This is due to some parents reporting children experiencing symptoms and other parents who have made the decision to keep their children at home. At present, there are no staff or children with confirmed cases of Coronavirus, that we are aware of.

The Government currently requires all schools to stay open and is updating guidance on a regular basis. The advice has not changed since Thursday, that being for pupils, staff or visitors to stay home if they have symptoms of Coronavirus for 7 days. Symptoms are described as 

  • High temperature - at or above 37.8

  • A new persistent cough 

It is essential that we all do this, which will inevitably lead to pupil and staff absence. 

Every family will have its own set of circumstances and some parents/carers are taking precautionary measures that go beyond the current guidance, especially where there are family members who are in the at-risk groups. Ultimately it is your decision as parents/carers what you decide to do but the school can not make this decision for you. Due to this we are expecting a high volume of calls, emails and visitors to the office, so we do ask that you are patient when communicating with the school. We already have staff shortages in the office team, so please only contact the school if it is important/essential.

Please help us by reporting all absences using this new online form. Please do this as soon as possible (preferably by 08:00) and no later than 09:15. 

As a school, we will won’t be challenging absent pupils at the current time. However we still have a duty to safeguard pupils and know that they are safe, so please keep us updated with absence. We will continue to call those parents who have not reported absence. As school remains open and the advice is only to keep children who are unwell away from school, we will therefore not be providing work for pupils who are absent from school. 

The leadership team meets every morning at 8am and we will review the pupil and staff absence to make arrangements for the day ahead. Having as much information at this time will help our planning. 

I will continue to keep you updated daily with any changes as set out in my email last week.

Martin Kelsey - Headteacher