Parent Daily Update

Parent Daily Update - 17th March 2020

Here’s today’s update! Thank you for your ongoing support in helping us to manage the current situation. Around 630 pupils remain in school and although we started to see more staff absences due to the new guidance, we were able to run a relatively normal day.

Thank you for only contacting the office if it is important or essential. 

Reporting Absence 

Thank you for using our new absence form, it saves lots of time and is helping with planning ahead. 

If you told us that your child will be absent until further notice, then you don’t need to fill it in again.

If you told us that your child will be absent for 2-7 days, you don’t need to fill it in again until those days pass.

However, we will probably ask all parents to check in and update us at the start of next week.

I have taken the decision to authorise all absences at this point. 

Attendance and Events 

  • Today, attendance was 64% (Infants) and 74% (Juniors) most lessons and the curriculum continued as planned, as did clubs. However, some children worked in different classes due to staff absence.

  • 14 members of staff were absent including 5 teachers (several are pregnant and are following the updated guidance)

  • Raglan Wrap Club is operating as normal. At the current time with the school and club open the Terms and Conditions have not changed. However this will be kept under review. 

  • Stay and Play on Fridays has been cancelled for all remaining sessions. 

  • The RSA Meeting on Friday is postponed.

Upcoming Cancelled Events include:

  • Netball Match (Wednesday) and Tournament (Friday)

  • Royal Festival Hall Choir Festival 

  • Dance Festival

  • London Youth Games Tag Rugby

  • Sitting Volleyball 

Current Cases - no change to yesterday

At present there are no staff or children with confirmed cases of Coronavirus, that we are aware of. We do know that a grandparent of a pupil in the Infant School has been diagnosed with COVID-19 and the family (including the pupil) started self-isolating at the weekend as a precaution.

Government Advice  

The Government currently requires all schools to stay open and is updating guidance on a regular basis. 

The advice changed on Monday evening and now states:

Anyone with a fever or persistent cough should stay at home for seven days if they live alone or 14 days if they live with others. Anyone who lives with someone displaying coronavirus symptoms should also stay at home for 14 days. 

It is essential that we all do this, which will inevitably lead to pupil and staff absence. We will send home any pupil who is presenting with these symptoms. Government advice now indicates any child experiencing these symptoms should be sent home.

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.

Martin Kelsey