Braunstone Frith Primary School

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NEW - LiFE MAT update on Coronavirus (Covid-19)

17th March 2020


Dear parent/carer,

Planning for significant levels of staff absence due to Covid-19

Continuing to educate the children of health care workers and the emergency services.


You will be aware that we wrote to you last week to ensure that you are fully aware of our plans for every possible scenario as we face the challenge of the spread of Coronavirus and the associated illness Covid-19. At present schools are to remain open. The latest guidance on self-isolating for 14 days with the symptoms of a fever and/or a new and persistent cough have the potential to increase staff absence to a level where it is unsafe to be open to all year groups. We will try to do all we can to avoid this situation but it is a real possibility.


We have stated that under these circumstances we will inform parents via email and text message (through your latest provided parental contact details) and a message uploaded onto our website. We will then provide work (home learning), for children to complete at home. Each child will receive a home learning pack. These activities can be repeated daily and we will check the home learning books on return to school to ensure that children have completed the work. Y6 children will have practice papers for their SATs exams to complete. We are putting systems in place to enable communication between parents and class teachers during the period of closure and you will receive further information about this if we are required to close.


Should we have to implement this strategy Braunstone Frith Primary School wishes to support the community by continuing to have the children of vital health care staff and those of the emergency services so they can continue to work as normal, without the burden of childcare. Hence, if you work for the NHS in any capacity, the Police, Fire or Ambulance service and would wish to send your child into school even if we are closed for their year group then please complete this survey monkey questionnaire by clicking on the link below. https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CH65RBH


We also need to reiterate the guidance issued yesterday by the Prime Minister: If your child develops a new and persistent cough and/or a high temperature then they must now self-isolate for 14 days. In addition, the entire household will need to remain at home for 14 days from the first day of sickness of the first person. This also means that if anyone else in your household has displayed symptoms then you need to keep your child off school for 14 days from the first day of the person becoming sick. This will drastically reduce the chance of transmission around our community. Further information can be found following this link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection


Once again, it must be emphasised with our children that there is no need for alarm or distress; we are taking these steps to protect the old and most vulnerable within our community. There is excellent advice on looking after your mental health by following this link: https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/

These are unprecedented and challenging times where communities need to support each other. Our school is playing a significant part in that effort by remaining open where possible. We need your support in emphasising the imperative of supportive and cooperative behaviour from all our young people as we continue to run on reduced capacity.
Please get in touch if you have any concerns or questions.
Yours sincerely,
Amelia Smith
Headteacher

 

NEW - LiFE MAT update on Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Coronavirus updated information 12/03/20

I am writing once again to update you on Braunstone Frith’s current situation and approach regarding the international Coronavirus pandemic to reassure you that we are taking all appropriate advice.

There are currently no diagnosed cases of COVID-19 in school.  However, we continue to take protective measures to safeguard student and staff health, including around hygiene. We are well stocked with soap and cleaning products.  All children are washing their hands regularly and particularly before lunch. Each day, the department for education issues up to date advice to schools, which we follow carefully.

Safeguarding health is of paramount importance to us. This includes safeguarding our students’ mental health.  It is therefore important that we do not elevate our young people’s anxiety around this issue.  The proportion of children who catch COVID-19 appears very small, and of those that do, the symptoms seem particularly mild in children.  The reason that we are taking the measures outlined above is to play our part in protecting the wider population as children pass on infections to others.  I would urge you to ensure that your child has a sense of proportion over this issue, at the same time as being committed to the behaviour changes needed over hygiene.  

As we enter the Government’s ‘Delay’ phase to prevent spreading of COVID-19, we are putting robust plans in place in the event of an enforced period of closure if advised to by the Government or by Public Health England. If a closure is put in place we will inform parents via email and text message (through your latest provided parental contact details) and a message uploaded onto our website. We will then provide work (home learning), for children to complete at home.  Each child will receive a home learning pack.  These activities can be repeated daily and we will check the home learning books on return to school to ensure that children have completed the work.  Y6 children will have practice papers for their SATs exams to complete.  We are putting systems in place to enable communication between parents and class teachers during the period of closure and you will receive further information about this if we are required to close.

In the event of a significant number of our staff needing to self-isolate, with the changing Government advice, then we may need to combine classes or make a decision to partially close. In a partial closure of the school we would close for some classes or year groups, but be open to others. Depending on the number of staff in school we would prioritise and be open for Y6, whose tests are only weeks away.  We will keep parents updated on developments via our website, email, text message alerts.

As you can appreciate the situation is extremely dynamic on an hour to hour basis, but I think it is best that you are kept informed. Please get in touch with your child’s year group leader if you have any questions at this stage.

 Thank you for your support as we work together to safeguard our students, staff and community.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Amelia Smith

Headteacher

 

LiFE MAT statement on Coronavirus (Covid-19) 5/3/20

Parents, carers and staff will be increasingly aware of the press and social media coverage of the Covid-19 outbreak; in particular with the rise in cases from Northern Italy. It must be remembered, that the total number of cases worldwide is a very tiny fraction of the global population and even on contracting the virus the vast majority of people will make a full and rapid recovery. Overall the risk to health is low. Nevertheless we all know older members of our community or those who are immunocompromised.

Hence, we have a responsibility to do two things:

  1. Play our part in helping slow the spread of this illness where we can
  2. Protect the mental health of the young people we care for by ensuring they do not become unduly anxious

Consequently, we reiterate the current national advice if you have travelled abroad over half term:

The UK Chief Medical Officers are advising anyone who has travelled to the UK from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau in the last 14 days and is experiencing cough or fever or shortness of breath, to stay indoors and call NHS 111, even if symptoms are mild.

These areas have been identified because of the volume of air travel from affected areas, understanding of other travel routes and number of reported cases. This list will be kept under review.

If you have returned from these specific areas since February 19, you should call NHS111 and stay indoors and avoid contact with other people even if you do not have symptoms:

  • Iran
  • Specific lockdown areas in Northern Italy as designated by the Government of Italy
  • Special care zones in South Korea as designated by the Government of the Republic of South Korea
  • Hubei province (returned in the past 14 days)

If you have returned from these areas since February 19th and develop symptoms, however mild, you should stay indoors at home and avoid contact with other people immediately and call NHS111. You do not need to follow this advice if you have no symptoms.

  • Northern Italy (defined by a line above, and not including, Pisa, Florence and Rimini),
  • Vietnam
  • Cambodia
  • Laos
  • Myanmar