Coronavirus - Latest Information (13.3.20)
As you are probably aware the current Government advice is for schools to remain open. Professor Chris Whitty, the Chief Medical Officer has said that, "there is no scientific evidence yet for closing schools". He went on to reassure parents saying, although young people do get infected, "they seem to have a much milder disease". We currently have no confirmed cases of Coronavirus COVID-19 amongst our pupils, parents or staff so school remains open as normal for all of our pupils.
We will inform parents if this situation changes. However, as a precaution, the Government has said that anyone with a new persistent cough or high temperature is now advised to self-isolate for 7 days, this includes pupils and staff. The Government has also banned all school trips abroad, we have no trips abroad planned.
Parents should be reassured that we are planning what we will do in the event of the Government closing the school, this includes putting together activity ideas and useful learning websites to help support your child’s learning if the school is closed. These will be accessible via the class pages on the school website www.shenstone-tkat.org.
We are of course being extra vigilant and encouraging pupils, parents and staff to continue taking additional precautions. This includes maintaining high levels of personal hygiene, regularly washing hands and following the Catch it, Bin it, Kill it advice when sneezing or coughing. As you would expect, we are already extra vigilant with these practices at school and we would appreciate your support with continuing this practice at home. If you are worried about your symptoms or those of a child, please call NHS 111. The advice is to not go directly to your GP or other healthcare environments. Please see further information on the Public Health England (PHE) and the National Health Service (NHS) websites.
At Shenstone School, we take our duty of care extremely seriously and we will keep you updated on any further developments should the need arise. If you have any questions in the meantime, please do not hesitate to get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org or 01322 524145.
As advice from the Government changes, announcements will be made via parent e-mail, the school website and our school twitter feed.
Executive Head Teacher