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Coronavirus – latest guidance – 17th March 2020

Tuesday 17th March 2020

ST BOTOLPH’S C OF E PRIMARY SCHOOL

17th March 2020

Dear Parents/Carers

We are closely monitoring the current situation regarding coronavirus and will continue to do all that we can to maintain normal school routines and take appropriate precautions to ensure the safety of our pupils and staff.

Yesterday, the Government introduced new guidance on whole household isolation:

  • If you or another member of your household have symptoms of coronavirus, all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14 day period starts from the day 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.
  • Anyone who starts to display symptoms during a 14 day isolation period needs to stay at home for 7 days from when their symptoms began.

The symptoms are:

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

Full stay at home guidance for households displaying symptoms can be found at:

Covid 19 stay at home guidance

Please follow this advice and inform the school as soon as possible if your child/ren will be absent.  Please remember to state the reason as ‘self-isolation’ in any phone/answerphone/email messages.  Children on self-isolation will be provided with work that they can do at home and will not be allowed to come back to school for 14 days.

In light of the recent guidelines regarding mass gatherings, we have had to take the following precautionary actions:

Mother’s Day Tea and Cakes – Postponed

Dance Concert – 23rd March 2020 – Postponed

Y2 Small Steps – From 23rd March 2020 – Postponed

Choir Concert at Woodville Halls – 25th March 2020 – Postponed

Eucharist Services – No parents to attend

Confirmation Classes and Service – Postponed

Passion Play – 1st April 2020 – No parents to attend

Polling Day – 7th May 2020 – Cancelled.  School to open as usual.

Swimming lessons – Cygnets Leisure Centre are following official guidance from the UK Government and Public Health England and swimming lessons will continue as usual until they are instructed otherwise.

Church – we will not be attending church as a school until further notice.

We will keep you updated of any changes and, as always, thank you for your co-operation.  We do have to abide by Government instruction and apologise for any inconvenience caused.  We will continue to do our utmost to limit disruption and to keep the school open and functioning as normal as possible for the children.

Yours sincerely

Mrs A Chitty

Head Teacher

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