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Puriton Primary School

Puriton Primary School

Covid-19 (Coronavirus) 

As promised, we will continue to keep you updated on the government’s response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

Following government guidance, the school is now closed for the vast majority of pupils. 

 

School Update 27/03/2020

As part of the Clevedon Learning Trust (CLT), we have been asked to review the provision for children over the Easter fortnight.

This letter here (pdf) or here (Word) is for key-worker parents whose children are attending school.

Please review your family situation and by Monday 30th March, return the information requested below to the school office. Thank you.

 

 

School Update 25/03/2020

We continue to receive daily government guidance, which also reinforces the messages shared on the news each evening. The key message is for us to honour “a stricter period of social distancing, with people only allowed to leave home for very limited purposes.

Please click here for our latest update letter to parents.

 

School Update 22/03/2020

Thank you for your patience last week, as we all awaited guidance on school closure. We again echo the government advice, asking parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible. The school will remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend and who were registered with the school office on Friday last week.

The following letter follows on from the one given to eligible parents on Friday: click here

 

School Update 19/03/2020

Following the news yesterday, we will be putting into effect our plans for supporting children’s learning at home whilst the school is closed.

Provision for children of “Key Workers”

As advised by the government, some schools will stay open for the children of key workers (e.g. NHS staff, police, others in frontline services) and children with certain needs. Provision may be at Puriton School or one of the neighbouring schools. We are waiting for the government to publish more information on exactly what this means, but it would help us in the meantime if you could let us know if you think you and/or your partner may fall into one of these categories and you would need your child to remain in school. If you haven’t done so already, by midday Friday, please contact the school office or fill in the simple online form: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=wu4Qs0UAmUGLxCwGnfbrOXtzxfOqbetCgqzvVyFWpt9UNkNZNElXTjFCSUlKQVZaWlYyNk05Ujg1MC4u 

We’ll be in touch again as soon as we are sure who this does apply to and the arrangements next week to support these families.

Thank you for your patience at this troubling time for us all. We will continue to share information as soon as we get it and continue to wish you all well.

 

 

School Update 17/03/2020

Clevedon Learning Trust has directed all schools to cancel all future school trips until further notice. The situation will be reviewed again over the Easter break. As a result, the Yr3 trip to the MacMillan Theatre on Thursday has been cancelled. (A letter will go home to Sapphire parents today.)

The performance of ACTs after school in Bridgwater on Thursday has also been cancelled.

Update 17/03/2020 from the Department for Education: 

The current medical and scientific advice is for schools and other educational establishments to stay open. 

New guidance on whole household isolation in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak:

  • if you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started
  • if you live with others and you or another member of the household have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. 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

The symptoms are:

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

The full stay at home guidance for households with these symptoms can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance

 

 

School Update 16/03/2020

Schools are not being told to close at the moment. Any advice from the DfE is shared on this website page - see just below for the latest guidance.

In school we are reviewing the situation daily, assessing risks and adapting practice as may be needed. 

In school actions include:

  • Hand washing -  with soap and water. Children with particularly sensitive skin are welcome to bring hand cream or personal soap to minimise eczema or other soreness.
  • Regular reminders about personal hygiene and hand washing, posters illustrating good hand hygiene habits and even songs / chants while hand washing. 
  • Anti-bac hand gel for all visitors into school. 
  • Additional cleaning programme focusing on cleaning high use contact surfaces
  • Whole school assemblies have been replaced by class and house assemblies. This will be reviewed as time goes on.
  • To avoid congestion in the hall at lunchtime, packed lunches are eaten in classrooms and only school dinners in the hall. Tables continue to be cleaned first with anti-bac spray and all children wash hands before eating.
  • School trips continue to be reviewed to assess risks and reflect any change in guidance. Trips to open air venues (such as Court Farm) and/or where the venue is restricted to our children only (eg MacMillan Theatre) are able to continue.

 

Update 16/03/2020 from the Department for Education: 

What schools need to know:

  • staff and children should stay at home if they are unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature to avoid spreading infection to others. Otherwise they should attend education or work as normal
  • if staff or children become unwell on site with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature they should be sent home
  • clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces more often than usual using your standard cleaning products
  • supervise young children to ensure they wash their hands for 20 seconds more often than usual with soap and water or hand sanitiser and catch coughs and sneezes in tissues

 The updated guidance can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19#contents

Current advice remains in place: no education or children’s social care setting should close in response to a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England.

The most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves is to wash their hands more often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water. Public Health England recommends that in addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.

 

 

Update 13/03/2020 from the Department for Education: 

Yesterday, the Government announced that we are moving from the Contain phase of the coronavirus action plan and into the Delay phase, in response to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Full details of each stage in the government action plan can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-action-plan

To support the delay of the spread of the virus, the Department for Health and Social Care has asked anyone who shows certain symptoms to stay at home for 7 days, regardless of whether they have travelled to affected areas. This means people should stay at home and avoid all but essential contact with others for 7 days from the point of displaying mild symptoms, to slow the spread of infection.

The symptoms are:

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

You do not need to call NHS 111 to stay at home. If your symptoms worsen during your stay at home period or are no better after 7 days contact NHS 111 online at 111.nhs.uk. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.

Current advice remains in place: no education or children’s social care setting should close in response to a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England.

The Chief Medical Officer has advised that the impact of closing schools on both children’s education and on the workforce will be substantial, but the benefit to public health may not be. Decisions on future advice to schools will be taken based on the latest and best scientific evidence, which at this stage suggests children are a lower risk group.

COVID-19 travel guidance for the education sector

The Government has issued new travel guidance for the education sector. This advises against all overseas education trips for children under 18. This does not apply to domestic trips, or overseas trips which are already underway.

 The full guidance can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19/covid-19-travel-guidance-for-the-education-sector

 

 


Update 12/03/2020 from the Department for Education: 
 

ACTION PLAN: The government coronavirus action plan sets out what the UK has done to tackle coronavirus (COVID-19), and what we plan to do next. The situation is constantly reviewed and action informed by expert science and advice, guided by the Chief Medical Officer and the Chief Scientific Adviser.

The action plan can be found here:  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-action-plan

How to wash your hands properly

Public Health England recommends that in addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport. 

 

Update 09/03/2020 from the Department for Education: 

Exam preparation and Ofqual advice

We recognise that students, parents, schools and colleges will be concerned about the possible impact of coronavirus on the 2020 summer exam series. Ofqual’s advice at this time is to continue to prepare for exams and other assessments as normal.

Ofqual continues to work closely with exam boards, other regulators and the Department for Education to plan for a range of scenarios, as the public would expect. Our overriding priorities are fairness to students this summer and keeping disruption to a minimum.

It is still many weeks until exams start and we will issue updated advice if necessary, giving schools and colleges as much notice as possible.

 

Department for Education coronavirus helpline

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is now available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

 

Where to find the latest information

 

 Update: 06/03/2020

The importance of hygiene

Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19, especially washing hands more; and the catch it, bin it, kill it strategy for those with coughs and sneezes.

Wash your hands more often for 20 seconds with soap and hot water.

In addition to handwashing before eating and after sneezing, both children and staff should also wash hands after using toilets and after travelling on public transport.

 

Update: 02/03/2020

Staff, parents and young people can contact the Department for Education Coronavirus helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

We have been advised that “No school should close in response to a suspected (or confirmed) COVID-19 case unless directed to do so by Public Health England.”

 

At Puriton Primary School, we are not aware of any child or family returning from any of the higher risk countries and so we currently consider the risks here to be extremely low. 

We’ll keep you informed about any developments as we receive them and ensure we continue to keep the school clean to prevent the spread of any virus.

However, we do take the health and safety of our pupils and staff very seriously, so we’re sharing guidance from Public Health England that you may find helpful.

Teach young children how to wash their hands with the NHS handwashing song:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9VjeIWLnEg