COVID-19 update – 18/03/20
Current Government advice
The Government advice regarding self-isolation did not change yesterday (17/03/20)
Current advice is as follows (please note the text in italics, this is copied directly from the Government website at 8:40am on 18/03/20) (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection)
The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:
- new continuous cough and/or
- high temperature
For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.
- if you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus illness (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for from when your symptoms started. (See section below for more information)
- if you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for . The 14-day period starts from the day when 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
- for anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14 day isolation period. (See section below for more information
- if you can, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period
- if you cannot move vulnerable people out of your home, stay away from them as much as possible
- if you have coronavirus symptoms:
- do go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital
- you do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home
- testing for coronavirus is not needed if you’re staying at home
- plan ahead and ask others for help to ensure that you can successfully stay at home and consider what can be done for vulnerable people in the household
- ask your employer, friends and family to help you to get the things you need to stay at home
- wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water, or use hand sanitiser
- if you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, or your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days, then use the coronavirus service. If you do not have internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999
This is an important measure to protect both you and our whole school community. Please be aware that the advice is being updated regularly and we advise families to check the website below for the most recent advice.
We understand that this advice can be open to some interpretation and we are happy to speak to families about their situation if they feel this would be helpful.
Please continue to use the absence lines or emails to let us know if your child(ren) are not going to attend school. Please include the name of the child(ren), year group(s), details for absence and the length of absence. If you email, please title the email ‘Pupil Absence’.
Infant School: email@example.com
Junior School: firstname.lastname@example.org
Public Health enquiries
Start and end of the school day
As a reminder the start and end of the day arrangements have changed:
In order to ‘social distance’ within our community the following changes will be made to the start and end of the school day.
Start of the school day: All registers will remain open until 9:30am
The doors to the school will close at normal time so children arriving after 9am (Infants) and 8:55am (Juniors) will have to sign in at the school offices.
When arriving at school please attempt to drop your children off at the outside door rather than entering the building.
End of the school day: All teachers will dismiss children gradually over up to a 10 minute period. Please use all the space outside the classrooms to ‘social distance’ and leave the school carefully.
Due to advice received from the Bath and Wells Trust we will not be having whole school assemblies from today. Children will meet in smaller groups in classrooms or the hall.
Home Learning Packs
If you have not collected or received your ‘Home Learning Pack’ these can be picked up from the relevant school office from today.
You can collect this yourself or a friend can do this for you. If you have no way of collecting this please contact the office and we will try and arrange delivery for you.
A paper letter will be sent home today with details of how you and your child can log into Microsoft Office 365.
The ‘log in’ allows you to access and use the Office 365 package (e.g. ‘Word’ and ‘PowerPoint’) to create documents and you can start using it from today. Have fun!
If we close for a substantial length of time, we may decide to implement Microsoft Teams in order for teachers to interact and collaborate online with children and more information will be sent as required – please do not use Microsoft Teams at this time.
If you don’t receive a paper letter, please collect it from the relevant office from tomorrow (Thursday 19th March).
Some parents have requested Home Learning timetables to support routines at home if we have to close. These have now been uploaded to our Home Learning website page: https://www.stsavioursbath.co.uk/home-learning/
At the time of writing this email we have had some staffing absence but have made arrangements and the organisation of both schools remains the same.
We will update parents if this situation changes.
We want to ensure that communication between school and families is as clear, regular and as detailed as possible in this difficult and unprecedented time. The current pattern of Government communications is that new announcements are made late in the day and do not allow time for schools to respond before the start of the next day.
We will aim to update parents and carers on a daily basis even if this is to just reiterate current messages.
Thank you for all your understanding and continued support during this time.
and St Saviour’s Junior Church School