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Coronavirus/COVID-19 Information

For the duration of the coronavirus/COVID-19 lockdown, this page will be used to communicate the latest information in relation to schools and families.

If you are in need of advice, help or support during the emergency, please visit:

Local Police information during the coronavirus crisis can be found here:
If you need home-learning support while school is closed to most children, please visit here:

This is the latest coronavirus/COVID-19 update, 

issued by Mr Rhodes at 4.30pm on Wednesday 24th June 2020

 

Staying Safe Outside Your Home

 

The Government has revised its guidance on staying safe as lockdown restrictions are reduced. The headlines are reproduced below and can be read in full here:

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/staying-safe-outside-your-home/staying-safe-outside-your-home 

 

1. Keep your distance from people outside your household

2. Avoid being face-to-face with people if they are outside your household or support bubble

3. Keep your hands and face as clean as possible

4. Keep indoor places well ventilated

5. Avoid crowded spaces

6. Work from home if you can

7. If you have to travel (for example, to work or school), think about how and when you travel

8. Face coverings

9. Avoid shouting or singing close to people outside your household or support bubble

10. Reduce the number of people you spend time with in a work setting

11. Wash your clothes regularly

12. When at work or in business or public premises, follow the advice on site

 

This is the latest coronavirus/COVID-19 update, 

issued by Mr Rhodes at 5.30pm on Tuesday 19th March 2020

The Government has updated its details of the main symptoms of coronavirus.  They are:

  • high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • loss or change to your sense of smell or taste - anosmia – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Testing now available to anyone with symptoms of coronavirus:
The government has announced that anyone with symptoms of coronavirus is now eligible to book a test, ahead of the rollout of the test and trace service. Anyone experiencing a new, continuous cough; high temperature; or a loss of, or change, in their normal sense of smell or taste (anosmia) can book a test.
A coronavirus test can be booked here:

Essential workers in England, Scotland or Northern Ireland, can apply for priority testing through GOV.UK. A coronavirus test can be booked here:

FACE COVID - How To Respond Effectively To The Corona Crisis

In this brief animation, Dr Russ Harris, author of the international best-seller The Happiness Trap, illustrates how to use ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) to deal with the Corona crisis and the fear, anxiety and worry that goes with it.
A free supporting ebook is available by clicking on the link underneath the video player.

This is the latest coronavirus/COVID-19 update,

issued by Mr Rhodes at 11.40am on Sunday 29th March 2020:

The Government has published advice for pet owners and livestock keepers on maintaining the welfare of their animals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Please see the link below:

School partial closure/coronavirus/COVID-19 update,

issued by Mr Rhodes at 9.35pm on Monday 23rd March 2020:

Boris Johnson has just announced a major tightening of coronavirus measures.
Here are the major points of his speech:

  • From tonight, people in Britain will be allowed to leave their homes for only “very limited purposes” - shopping for basic necessities; for one form of exercise a day; for any medical need; and to travel to and from work when “absolutely necessary”
  • People are warned not to meet friends or family members who they do not live with
  • Shopping is only permitted for essentials like food and medicine, and people are advised to do it “as little as you can”
  • Police have powers to enforce the rules, including through fines and dispersing gatherings
  • All shops selling non-essential goods, such as clothing and electronic stores, are ordered to close
  • Libraries, playgrounds, outdoor gyms and places of worship are to close
  • All gatherings of more than two people in public - excluding people you live with - are banned
  • All social events, including weddings and baptisms are banned
  • Funerals are not included in the new restrictions
  • Parks will remain open for exercise but gatherings will be dispersed
  • Restrictions “under constant review” and will be checked again in three weeks. They will be relaxed “if the evidence shows we are able to”

For now, Government guidance remains unchanged for schools: we remain open for vulnerable children and those of key workers. 

Coronavirus: Boris Johnson - You must stay at home or risk being fined by the police | 5 News

The Prime Minister has given an emergency announcement to the UK telling the public that the time has come where they 'must stay at home'.

Boris Johnson announced that the police would have the power to fine people ignoring the new measures, and would also be able to disperse groups. People would be allowed an hour's exercise a day, and could leave home for essential shopping - all other shops would be closed. Government will take action if people keep ignoring advice on social distancing

School partial closure/coronavirus/COVID-19 update,

issued by Mr Rhodes at 4.15pm on Monday 23rd March 2020:

The DfE has published further guidance around vulnerable children and those with education, health and care (EHC) plans:

What is the definition of Vulnerable Children?

Vulnerable children include those who have a social worker and those children with education, health and care (EHC) plans.

Those who have a social worker include children who have a child protection plan and those who are looked after by the local authority. A child may also be deemed to be vulnerable if they have been assessed as being in need or otherwise meet the definition in section 17 of the Children Act 1989.

Those with an EHC plan should be risk-assessed by their school or college in consultation with the local authority (LA) and parents, to decide whether they need to continue to be offered a school place in order to meet their needs, or whether they can safely have their needs met at home. This could include, if necessary, carers therapists or clinicians visiting the home to provide any essential services. Many children with EHC plans can safely remain at home.

The DfE knows that schools and other education providers may also want to support other children who are vulnerable where they are able to do so. Eligibility for free school meals in and of itself should not be the determining factor in assessing vulnerability.

The DfE is working with schools and local authorities to help identify the children who most need support at this time. Looking after these children will enable schools to support the country during challenging times.

The DfE has also published specific guidance around children with education health and care (EHC) plans:

Do all children and young people with an EHC plan need to continue at school?

Schools and local authorities will need to consider the needs of all children and young people with an EHC plan, alongside the views of their parents, and make a risk assessment for each child or young person. They will need to consider a number of different risks to each individual, including:

  • the potential health risks to the individual from COVID-19, bearing in mind any underlying health conditions. This must be on an individual basis with advice from an appropriate health professional where required
  • the risk to the individual if some or all elements of their EHC plan cannot be delivered at all, and the risk if they cannot be delivered in the normal manner or in the usual setting
  • the ability of the individual’s parents or home to ensure their health and care needs can be met safely
  • the potential impact to the individual’s wellbeing of changes to routine or the way in which provision is delivered

The Government expects most children will fall into the following categories:

  1. children and young people who would be at significant risk if their education, health and care provision and placement did not continue, namely those who could not safely be supported at home. This may include those with profound and multiple learning difficulties, and those receiving significant levels of personal care support. Local authorities will need to work with the individual’s educational setting – especially residential special schools and colleges – as well as local health partners, to ensure they are able to remain open wherever possible. This may mean deploying staff from other schools, to keep staffing ratios safe

  2. children and young people whose needs can be met at home, namely those who are not receiving personal care from their educational setting, or whose limited need for personal care can be met in their family home. As part of the government’s emergency powers, the DfE will modify the statutory duties on local authorities to maintain the precise provision in EHC plans and will expect educational settings and local authorities to use their reasonable endeavours to support these children and their families

Where a local authority is unable to put in place stated provision, they will need to use their reasonable endeavours to do this, but won’t be penalised for failing to meet the existing duty in the 2014 Act.

While the school feels that all the children we have with EHC plans fall into category 2, we will contact families individually to clarify their circumstances and agree the best way forward in each case.

The full guidance can be seen here:

School partial closure/coronavirus/COVID-19 update,

issued by Mr Rhodes at 3.00pm on Monday 23rd March 2020:

Please be reminded that school will be closed to almost all children from today, Monday 23rd March 2020, until further notice.  While I regret that this is the situation, I have to follow the latest government advice. Therefore, we do not expect to see your children from today unless:

  • Any parent or carer in your household is a key worker and you won’t be able to care for your child or children at home. (See who counts as a key worker here.) It’s up to you to decide as a family whether your child comes into school in this instance. We will support them in school if you absolutely need us to and there is no other means of caring for them.
  • They have a Child Protection plan.
  • They have an Education, Health & Care plan arising from complex or medical needs.
  • They need other specialist support – in which case the school, the Local Authority or your social worker should have been in contact with you directly.

 

If your child falls into one of the categories above and you haven’t already told the school, please let us know immediately by emailing keyworker@allsaintsmaidenhead.org.  Places are only for those children who absolutely need to attend: every child who can be safely cared for at home should beIf we are not expecting to see your child, we will send them home.

 

Pupils who receive free school meals

If your child receives free school meals but isn’t eligible to attend school from today, we can help make alternative provision for you. Contact the School Office via email (office@allsaintsmaidenhead.org) to request options, which include being provided with a supermarket voucher.

 

I know this is a difficult time for many of you, and the next few months will be an adjustment for all of us. We are doing everything we can to support your children and families at this time and appreciate your patience and support. Please do help us by following the advice set out above.

 

I will be back in touch with more information as it becomes available.

 

Remember: if you or your child feels ill and you want to know what to do next, please use NHS 111 online.

 

Thank you,

 

Richard D Rhodes

Headteacher

School partial closure/coronavirus/COVID-19 update,

issued by Mr Rhodes at 8.40am on Friday 20th March 2020:

Dear Parents & Carers,

The Government has published details of who qualifies as a key worker and what all families must do as the crisis unfolds over the coming months. The occupations follow after these key principles which all families are asked to follow:

  1. If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
  2. If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them.
  3. Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
  4. Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.
  5. Residential special schools, boarding schools and special settings continue to care for children wherever possible.

If your work is critical to the COVID-19 response, or you work in one of the critical sectors listed below, and you cannot keep your child safe at home then your children will be prioritised for education provision: 

 

Health and social care

This includes but is not limited to doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, and other frontline health and social care staff including volunteers; the support and specialist staff required to maintain the UK’s health and social care sector; those working as part of the health and social care supply chain, including producers and distributers of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment.

 

Education and childcare

This includes nursery and teaching staff, social workers and those specialist education professionals who must remain active during the COVID-19 response to deliver this approach.

 

Key public services

This includes those essential to the running of the justice system, religious staff, charities and workers delivering key frontline services, those responsible for the management of the deceased, and journalists and broadcasters who are providing public service broadcasting.

 

Local and national government

This only includes those administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the COVID-19 response or delivering essential public services such as the payment of benefits, including in government agencies and arms length bodies.

 

Food and other necessary goods

This includes those involved in food production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines).

 

Public safety and national security

This includes police and support staff, Ministry of Defence civilians, contractor and armed forces personnel (those critical to the delivery of key defence and national security outputs and essential to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic), fire and rescue service employees (including support staff), National Crime Agency staff, those maintaining border security, prison and probation staff and other national security roles, including those overseas.

 

Transport

This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the COVID-19 response, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass.

 

Utilities, communication and financial services

This includes staff needed for essential financial services provision (including but not limited to workers in banks, building societies and financial market infrastructure), the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors (including sewerage), information technology and data infrastructure sector and primary industry supplies to continue during the COVID-19 response, as well as key staff working in the civil nuclear, chemicals, telecommunications (including but not limited to network operations, field engineering, call centre staff, IT and data infrastructure, 999 and 111 critical services), postal services and delivery, payments providers and waste disposal sectors.

If workers think they fall within the critical categories above they should confirm with their employer that, based on their business continuity arrangements, their specific role is necessary for the continuation of this essential public service.

 

Key workers planning to send their children into school must notify us of their intentions using the form that can be found further down this page.

 

Thank you,

Richard D Rhodes, Headteacher

Key Worker Consultation

The Government is yet to provide us with guidance regarding key worker and vulnerable children school provision from next week. In the meantime we are undertaking an informal consultation to establish the likely need/numbers. Please use this form to indicate whether you believe you are a key worker and will be sending your child(ren) to school from next week, if provision is available. PLEASE ONLY REPLY IF YOU FEEL YOU WILL NEED A PLACE. In replying state your child's name and class, your profession and whether or not you are likely to need Breakfast Club* and/or Energy Kidz after school provision. You should note that no other after school provision is likely going forward for the foreseeable future. *these remain chargeable at the usual rates.

Coronavirus/COVID-19 update,

issued by Mr Rhodes at 3.55pm on Tuesday 17th March 2020:

The following has just been released by the Department for Education.  Please ensure that you follow the guidance closely and, in particular, do not send your child into school if they are symptomatic: any child presenting symptoms - no matter how mild - will be sent home for isolation. 

 

New guidance for households with symptoms

Yesterday, the Government introduced new guidance on whole household isolation in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak:

  • if you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started
  • if you live with others and you or another member of the household have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill. It is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community
  • for anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14-day isolation period.

The symptoms are:

  • A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)
  • A new, continuous cough

The full stay at home guidance for households with these symptoms can be found here:

The Prime Minister’s statement from Monday 16 March can be found here:

 

Handwashing advice

The most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves is to wash their hands more often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water. Public Health England recommends that in addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.  Please see the video below.

 

Department for Education coronavirus helpline

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday), 10am to 4pm (Saturday to Sunday)

Please note, the line is currently experiencing high volumes of calls. The DfE appreciates your patience at this time and apologises for any wait that you may experience. To ensure that they answer your calls as quickly as possible, they have now extended their opening hours to cover weekends and are increasing the number of call handlers available to answer your calls.

 

Where to find the latest information

Updates on COVID-19:

Guidance for educational settings:

Guidance for social or community care and residential settings:

Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:

Educational resources:

Latest Department for Education information:

This is the latest coronavirus/COVID-19 update,

issued by Mr Rhodes at 3.10pm on Tuesday 17th March 2020:

The following information has been received from Thames Valley Police.  Please share this with your friends, family and neighbours to ensure they are aware of a scam operating in the area.  The details follow:

 

Following on from yesterday’s crime prevention advice around COVID 19, we would to update you with the following advice:
 
As it currently stands the public are not being offered COVID 19 tests to purchase and no companies have been deployed to carry out checks in homes or businesses. If someone knocks on your door and offers this service IT WILL BE A SCAM.


The same advice applies to unsolicited phone calls and emails. If you are offered private COVID 19 tests THIS WILL BE A SCAM
 
Please continue for follow NHS advice and Guidelines.
 
As always if you or someone you know has experienced any suspicious behaviour, contact police on our non-emergency number 101. If immediate need of assistance please call 999?  

Regards

PCSO Mathew Wingrove

Message Sent By
Matt Wingrove (Police, PCSO, Windsor)

 

Hand washing: how to wash your hands properly

Protect yourself and others from coronavirus: ▶️ Wash your hands more often ▶️ Use soap and water for 20 seconds ▶️ Or use handsanitiser.

Other videos, used in school to encourage children to maintain good levels of hygiene, can be found at the very bottom of this page.

You can help to slow the spread of Coronavirus!

  • Make sure you and your children follow these general principles to prevent spreading any respiratory virus:
  • Wash your hands often – with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or an alcohol-based sanitiser if soap and water aren’t available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • If you feel unwell, stay at home and don’t attend work or school.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home.
  • If you’re worried about your symptoms, please use the NHS 111 Coronavirus website or call NHS 111 – don’t go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment.

 

Stay at Home if You have Coronavirus Symptoms

Stay at home for 14 days if you or any member of your household have either:

  • a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
  • a new, continuous cough – this means you've started coughing repeatedly

This applies to everyone in the household.

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home. Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you're staying at home.

 

Stay at Home Advice

DO

  • try to keep at least 2 metres (3 steps) from other people in your home, particularly older people or those with long-term health conditions

  • ask friends and family and delivery services to deliver things like food shopping and medicines – but avoid contact with them

  • sleep alone if possible

  • regularly wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds

  • try to stay away from older people and those with long-term health conditions

  • drink plenty of water and take everyday painkillers, such as paracetamol and ibuprofen, to help with your symptoms

DON'T

  • do not have visitors (ask people to leave deliveries outside)

  • do not leave the house, for example to go for a walk, to school or public places

 

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