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COVID - 19 updates

We hope our families stay as safe as possible during this challenging time for all. As a school we are following the latest government advice and therefore we are only open to a very small number of pupils. This is of course a very hard decision to take as we want our young people to be in school as much as possible, however we are very mindful that we need to keep all of our school community as safe as possible during this very difficult time. 

 

We will continue to provide regular updates regarding the situation and inform you of any changes as soon as possible. Please remember you can contact your child's class teacher for advice and guidance regarding how to support your child at home with their targets as well as accessing the home learning section on our website in the children section to support with home education.

 

Covid-19 stay at home guidance

Support to Residents / Support for Children and Young People especially the Vulnerable https://www.harrow.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19/support-residents . For Harrow residents that are vulnerable there is now a Hotline which is 020 8901 2698.

 

Key Worker WebForm https://www.harrow.gov.uk/keyworkersupport

 

Further advice on Covid-19 and Harrow may be found through these links https://www.harrow.gov.uk/

 

The Educational Psychology Service’s Well-Being tips for families can be found here: https://www.harrow.gov.uk/downloads/file/27282/wellbeing-tips .

 

If you think your child should be eligible for free school meals you can apply online on https://www.harrow.gov.uk/schools-learning/free-schoolmeals?documentId=12680&categoryId=210281.

If you or anyone on your family have asthma please use this link to access some very useful information on asthma and coronavirus.
https://www.asthma.org.uk/advice/triggers/coronavirus-covid-19/
 

17th March 2020

 

Dear all

  • Follow guidance for self-isolation if you or your child is not well (14 days)
  • Please seek medical advice if your child have medical needs
  • We continue to assess if we can stay open as we have lots of staff off sick or in self-isolation


Following the government advice, we are remain open, however these are unusual times.

We ask parents to follow the latest guidance set up by the government on self-isolation - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance. If a parent, carer, pupil or anyone else in the household have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. If any child displays any symptoms in school, we will be calling you to collect them. We are following the same advice as you, we have to be vigilant but sensible.

Government also issued guidance on social distancing of people with underlying health condition listed here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people/guidance-on-social-distancing-for-everyone-in-the-uk-and-protecting-older-people-and-vulnerable-adults. I am asking staff with any of the health conditions to stay at home. Many of our pupils have various medical needs and I would encourage you to seek medical advice to decide if your child should come to school.

We anticipate that in coming days more staff and pupils will need to follow national guidance and stay at home. We will need to consider if it is safe for us to keep the school open if we don't have sufficient number of staff on site.

Although we have families self-isolating and expect that more of you will feel the need to do so over the next week or so, we will endeavour to keep school life as normal as possible.

Best wishes and stay safe.

Anna


 

 

13th March 2020

 

Dear all

 

  • Schools are advised by DfE to stay open
  • We have one member of staff in self-isolation but NHS is regarding them as low risk as symptoms differ from COVID-19
  • If you are concerned about your child’s safety and want to keep them at home their absence will be treated as an authorised absence

 

You would have heard that The Prime Minister has escalated measures to deal with the rapidly-spreading coronavirus pandemic.

 

At present, no school should close in response to a suspected (or confirmed) coronavirus case
unless directed to do so by Public Health England (PHE) or other relevant authority.
Also, no restrictions or special control measures are required in these settings while a member of staff or resident is waiting for laboratory test results for COVID19.

 

We would like to keep you informed of the steps we are taking to keep children safe, as far as reasonably practicable. We have considered how we can limit the possibility of our pupils' contact with people that may have COVID-19 infection by cancelling all school trips and by limiting number of visitors to school. We are asking anyone that is not well to self-isolate. However, we are not able to guarantee that your child will not be exposed to the virus while at school.

 

One of our members of staff was told to self-isolate as she had symptoms of cold. They will not be tested for COVID19 as they did not travel abroad and was not in contact with anyone tested positive for COVID19. We also have few children off sick with cold and flu symptoms and we are asking them to stay at home and follow medical advice.

 

Some of you have made a decision to keep your child at home even though they are well. I would like to thank you for your honesty and I want to let you know that their absence will be authorised. We have to make sure that our most vulnerable pupils are protected against this virus. Therefore, if you decide that you don’t want to send your child to school please make sure that you notify us as soon as possible and that you give reasons for their absence so it can be appropriately recorded.

 

Thank you for your help in keeping our pupils safe and for your understanding.​
 

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Anna Smakowska

Head Teacher

 

We can all help to prevent the spread of the virus by:

  • washing your hands often - with soap and water, or use alcohol sanitiser if handwashing facilities are not available. This is particularly important after taking public transport
  • covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in a bin. See Catch it, Bin it, Kill it
  • staying at home for seven days if you display basic symptoms of coronavirus - a new and persistent cough or a high temperature.

 

See further information on the Public Health England Blog and the NHS UK website.

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