As you’re probably aware, the Government’s guidance on the coronavirus has changed from the ‘contain’ phase to one of delaying the spread of the virus. I am getting in touch to let you know what the whole school is doing in light of this, and what we expect from all of you, to help make sure our school community keeps safe and calm over the coming months.
We’d like to reassure you that we’re taking all of the necessary steps to protect our community and are continuing to follow official guidance from the Government and the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.
What’s the current situation?
- The school remains open – this is the current official guidance we’ve been given
- All school functions continue to run as normal, from Breakfast Club through to Energy Kidz including the usual range of after-school clubs
- Pupils must attend unless they feel unwell – if your child has any of the following symptoms, they must remain at home for 7 days:
- a new, continuous cough and/or
- a raised temperature/fever
- If your child is unwell, report this as you would normally by calling 01628 622596
- If you or a member of your family is unwell with coronavirus symptoms, you or they are asked to self-isolate and not come to school for at least 7 days
- Currently Government advice is to only cancel overseas school trips. Those trips which are currently booked are planned to proceed but are subject to amendment or cancellation as the situation evolves
- The Year 6 mock SATs (due next week) and the final KS2 tests, due in week commencing 11th May, remain scheduled to run as planned
- We’ll keep you up to date with any changes to the current situation
What we’re doing to protect and support pupils and staff
- Any pupil or adult displaying coronavirus symptoms on school premises will be isolated and sent home
- The school is cleaned thoroughly each day in accordance with the latest guidance
- We are enforcing handwashing and encourage children to bring in personal hand sanitisers and tissues; visitors to school are also asked to wash their hands upon arrival
- Lessons around hygiene and the transmission of disease have been included in our British Science Week activities and hygiene is regularly reiterated in assemblies with a positive, pragmatic approach to mitigate against anxiety
What we need you to do
- If you’ve recently changed your contact details, please inform the school office as soon as possible via email or telephone
- Talk to your children about the coronavirus. It’s an uncertain time and we should make sure children feel supported. BBC Newsround has regular updates for younger children and YoungMinds has practical steps older children can take to help with anxiety
- Come and collect your child straight away, if we ask you to (we’ll contact you if they become ill with either a temperature or a new, continuous cough)
- Check that your child has access to all our online platforms from home, and let us know if there are any issues accessing these systems (so we can make sure we’re well prepared for remote learning if the school does need to close at some point)
- Speak to us if you have any concerns or comments and help us keep to the facts while avoiding speculation and gossip, whether in the real-world or online
What happens if the school has to close?
We’ll only close if we’re either officially advised to do so or we don’t have enough staff to run the school.
In either case, we’ll:
- Alert parents to closure through as many channels as possible, including via text posts on the school website and our Twitter feed; similarly, these communication channels will be used to advise when we are re-opening
- Set work for pupils during any closure and will expect parents to support us in ensuring that pupils study every day, completing the set work – in the first instance, we will send out physical study packs with children on the day we close. Thereafter, we will distribute work electronically
- Suspend all services – including clubs, pre- and post-school activities and the provision of school meals – for the duration of the closure
- Restrict access to the school grounds or facilities and staff will only be contacted via the School Office email
- Work at maintaining contact with our pupils to ensure we fulfil our duty of care towards them with a particular focus on the disadvantaged
Please keep in mind that we’re only sending out this information to help the school community prepare. There are currently no plans to close.
If you have any questions
Please consult the:
- School office, if you have any questions about our response to this issue
- NHS, if you want to know more about the symptoms of coronavirus. If you think you or your child may have the symptoms, use NHS 111 online if at all possible before calling 111
- Department for Education’s coronavirus helpline: 0800 046 8687, if you have any questions about the government’s response to coronavirus in relation to schools
- Government’s travel advice, if you want to know whether any upcoming trip or holiday you’re taking abroad should go ahead
It’s a difficult time and we know you’re worried about the impact this might have on our community. It’s important we keep each other safe and talk about these events to help with any anxiety.
Thank you for your continued support.
Richard D Rhodes,