Coronavirus Update

As I am writing this blog to you all, it seems that advice is ever changing on a daily basis. You will probably be aware, however, that the Government response to the coronavirus outbreak has now moved to the ‘delay’ phase, and I felt it might be helpful to update you with our arrangements here at Loxdale Primary School. Importantly, the school continues to follow Government advice and will remain open unless directed otherwise by the Government or Public Health England. The most important change to guidance related to schools is the announcement by the Government that, if any one person in any household has a persistent cough or fever, that everyone living there must stay at home for 14 days and avoid leaving the house, if possible,’ even for food or essentials’. The symptoms of a coronavirus infection are – A new continuous cough and/or a high temperature (37.8 degrees centigrade or higher) I would therefore ask that if anyone in your family develops a dry cough or has a raised temperature that you keep your child at home, with the rest of your household for 14 days. Your child probably won’t have coronavirus, but if they do, by keeping them home you will help to protect others in the school and the wider community while they are potentially infectious. You do not need to call NHS 111 to go into self-isolation, and don’t go to your GP or hospital. If your child’s symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after seven days, contact NHS 111 online at https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19. If you have no internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999. You will appreciate that as a school we must do all we can to look after the health and wellbeing of our children. If a pupil falls ill during the school day with either a continuous cough or a high temperature, we will send them home to self-isolate as a precaution as per the guidance above. Should this be required, we would appreciate your support in ensuring this happens as quickly as possible. We anticipate that some pupils will be absent from school over the next few weeks with potential symptoms of coronavirus. While it’s important to remember that these could equally be symptoms of one of the many winter illnesses which we usually expect to see at this time of year, it’s important we act with caution. In school, we are continuing to promote ‘hand hygiene’ with everyone being encouraged to regularly wash their hands for 20 seconds more often than usual with soap and hot water or hand sanitiser. To reduce the spread of germs when children cough or sneeze, they are asked to cover their mouth and nose with a tissue (or their sleeve, but not their hands, if they don’t have a tissue) and to throw the tissue away immediately. We’ve been promoting these hygiene measures using Government approved e-Bug teaching resources. Our school cleaning routine has been adjusted with a thorough clean of all surfaces with an approved sanitiser spray taking place at the end of each working day and, for high traffic office areas, in the morning also. Door handles are also being wiped regularly throughout the school day. Additional measures now in place include: · Implementation of our ‘fresh air ventilation system’ in every classroom, which ensures that fresh air is continually circulated in every classroom · Postponed our Easter production until further notice · Postponement of external productions in school e.g. ‘Shakespeare Play in a Day’ · The postponement of any school visits in line with government advice regarding non-essential travel · Postponed our visits to Bushfield Court residential home in addition to postponing the visits to our school from the elderly residents · Postponed EYFS ‘Stay and Play’ Sessions until further notice Teachers have already planned learning tasks that the children will be able to complete at home should such a closure ever be required. Please be assured that we will share these with you if and when this happens – though as I stressed earlier, the school will remain open unless directed otherwise by the Government or Public Health England. If you would like more information about Coronavirus, please visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus or www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/coronavirus. Parents can also call the Department for Education coronavirus helpline for general advice and guidance by calling 0800 046 8687 between 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday) or e-mailing: dfe.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk. This is a time that we have never experienced before, but the most important thing is that we, as a school community, look after each other and ensure that we have everything in place to support you, your children and our staff during these difficult times. Please do contact me via the main school office if you have any concerns or queries and thank you, as always, for your continued support in the coming weeks and months. With my very best wishes, Mrs Scott Headteacher