UK Schools to close with the last day being on Friday - due to Coronavirus

A letter will be issued by the Executive Headteacher, Mr Wright regarding the government's recent announcement.

In the meantime, we have the following information which is correct as of Wednesday 18th March 2020:

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement today, schools across the UK will close and ONLY pupils linked to key workers and pupils designated as “vulnerable” (the definition of these key workers and vulnerable children requiring final confirmation at the time of this post) should turn up to their normal school on Monday (however, in small schools with limited pupils they may be required to go to a partner school instead). All other children should stay at home.

Vouchers will be issued to eligible pupils who are on free school meals. Details regarding the management of vouchers is yet to be clarified at the time of writing.

We do not know how long the closures will last and the finer details as to how all this will all work in the longer term will depend very much on how the country tackles and overcomes the virus and further government advice.

We expect pupils, who are fit and healthy, to attend school tomorrow and Friday and they will find that normal services will continue. For those with the symptoms of Coronavirus we say PLEASE STAY AT HOME.

A school federation update will be issued to parents on Thursday 19th March 2020 when we hope to know more about the government’s plans and this will clarify arrangements for pupils so that they are able to work from home and we will explain in further detail the government’s plan.

What we can say is that Easter Holiday Club and all activities and clubs taking place at the school will cease this Friday.

We will liaise with staff as to how school will be managed during the closure. Note that while the vast majority of pupils will no longer be in, all teachers and staff with contracts will, at the time of writing , be required to come in unless self isolating. 

Further updates will follow via email communications and we will put updates on the website over the next two days.

Take care everyone - more details to follow.

STAY SAFE 

The most common symptoms are:

  • A new, continuous cough
  • A high temperature

Anyone with these symptoms should be sent home.

We advise parents to follow guidance about self-isolation, which says:

  • If they live alone, they must self-isolate for 7 days from when they first experience symptoms
  • If they live with others, then they must again self-isolate for 7 days but anyone they live with must self-isolate for 14 days

If they need clinical advice they should:

Use the online NHS 111 service, or call 111 if they don't have internet access

If they're seriously ill or injured or their life is at risk, call 999

During opening times, the school will not admit children or adults who show the common symptoms of a new and continuous cough and/or high temperature. Without a swab we are unable to tell what is the virus and what is the common cold. As such we will always play it safe and send the child home if they present one or both of these symptoms. Please note frequent updates will be sent out by the school and guidance including our risk assessment plan for Coronavirus are on the website.