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Posted on: 20/03/2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Update

In the light of further information from the government, I am writing again to clarify the arrangements for the partial closure of the school from Monday. The reason for the closure is, of course, to restrict the spread of coronavirus, and for this to happen the government has set a recommended limit on the percentage of the school population who can still attend from Monday. This is 20%, which in our case is approximately 78 children. Priority has to be given to vulnerable pupils, including those with Education & Health Care plans, which again for Westfield Junior School will be about 32 children. We also have about 8 children with an allocated social worker, which is the other definition of ‘vulnerable’. This leaves roughly 38 places available to children whose parents are key workers. The government last night released a list of occupations deemed to be key, which was far greater than originally anticipated. Contrary to popular rumour, they offered no advice about whether priority should be given to two-parent families where both parents are key workers, or one-parent families where the parent is a key worker. Consequently, based on the fact that only 38 places are available, allocation will be prioritised in the following order: • Pupils in a two-parent household where both parents are key workers, and pupils in a one-parent household where the parent is a key worker. • Pupils in a two-parent household where one parent is a key worker, but the other parent is not. I realise that under these circumstances we may not be able to accommodate all children whose parents are key workers, but I must stress that if we go substantially over the recommended 20% maximum, then there really is no point in closing the school at all. I should also remind parents / carers that the government has stipulated that children should remain at home wherever possible, regardless of their parents’ occupation. If you have any questions or concerns please do contact the school, but I would ask for your continuing patience, especially with the office staff, whilst we try to manage a situation that is constantly evolving. Thank you.
Posted on: 16/03/2020

Updated guidance for education settings on coronavirus (COVID-19)

Today, the Department for Education and Public Health England have issued updated guidance for education settings on COVID-19. This includes childcare, schools, further and higher educational institutions. What you need to know: • staff, young people and children should stay at home if they are unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature to avoid spreading infection to others. Otherwise they should attend education or work as normal • if staff, young people or children become unwell on site with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature they should be sent home • clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces more often than usual using your standard cleaning products • supervise young children to ensure they wash their hands for 20 seconds more often than usual with soap and water or hand sanitiser and catch coughs and sneezes in tissues The updated guidance can be found here: Current advice remains in place: no education or children’s social care setting should close in response to a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England. The Chief Medical Officer has advised that the impact of closing schools on both children’s education and on the workforce would be substantial, but the benefit to public health may not be. Decisions on future advice to education or children’s social care settings will be taken based on the latest and best scientific evidence, which at this stage suggests children are a lower risk group.
Posted on: 12/03/2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Update

To keep all members of our school safe the school leadership team continues to follow the latest advice and guidance from Public Health England regarding the Coronavirus. Following the recent government announcement the UK response to the Coronavirus has moved to Phase 2 - Delay. This has implications for our school community. The school will remain open to pupils and staff unless we are advised otherwise by Public Health Englan   If your child shows any symptoms of coronavirus, even if the symptoms are mild, they must stay at home for seven days. The NHS guidance can be found here             The symptoms include; A high temperature A new continuous cough Please call the school office on the first morning of any absence giving brief details of the reason for the absence. We appreciate that this may be inconvenient and present challenges to families but it is important that everyone follows the guidance to safeguard the wider community. Staff and volunteers have been given the same advice so there may be some minor alterations to staffing. We have made detailed plans to ensure that disruption is kept to a minimum and that teaching and learning is able to continue. It is important to you and us that your child is not overly worried and is able to go about the school day as normal. If there are staff or pupils who stay at home because they are displaying mild symptoms please do not be alarmed. They are simply following the guidance. At this stage there are no known or suspected cases of COVID-19 linked to the school. Our hand washing routines are firmly established now and everyone in school is taking the necessary actions to stop the spread of Coronavirus. If you have any concerns or questions please contact the school office for clarification. Throughout this time we will keep you informed of any developments. Thank you for your support.
Posted on: 27/02/2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The school has received the following information from the Department for Education.  We will continue to keep you updated as and when we receive further information.   We are continuing to keep you updated on the government’s response to Coronavirus (COVID-19).  Public Health England advises that the risk to individuals in the UK remains low.   Advice for those who have travelled recently The Chief Medical Advisor for England, Chris Whitty, has updated advice for travellers returning to the UK from specific areas affected by COVID-19, which you can find at:   If you have returned from the following specific areas since 19th February, you should call NHS 111 and stay indoors and avoid contact with other people even if you do not have symptoms:   Iran,  Specific lockdown areas in Northern Italy (see link to maps below),  Special care zones in South Korea (see link to maps below),  Hubei province (returned in the past 14 days – see link to maps below),    If you have returned from the following areas since 19th February and develop symptoms, however mild, you should stay indoors at home and avoid contact with other people immediately and call NHS 111:   Northern Italy (defined by a line above, and not including, Pisa, Florence and Rimini – see link to maps below),  Vietnam,  Cambodia,  Laos,  Myanmar,    If you have a cough, or fever or shortness of breath and have visited any of the following areas in the last 14 days, stay indoors and call NHS 111 informing them of your recent travel:   China, apart from Hubei province (see link to maps below),  Thailand,  Japan,  Republic of Korea, apart from special care zones (see link to maps below),  Hong Kong,  Taiwan,  Singapore,  Malaysia,  Macau,    Maps showing affected regions of China, Republic of Korea and Italy: publications/covid-19- specified-countries-and-areas   Where to find the latest information Public Health England blog: https://publichealthmatters. novel-coronavirus-what-you- need-to-know/

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