I have been contacted by a number of parents who are deciding to keep their children off of school because of the coronavirus (Covid 19). I fully understand the reasons why they have done this and I will authorise the absence. You will all be making a decision based on the risks as they present for your child and I will respect that. Currently as far as we are aware, we have had no confirmed cases within the school community and we are following the Public Health England guidance so that we are open and all pupils and staff presenting with heightened temperatures or a cough are going home for seven days. Clearly we will have to monitor this situation and ensure that we have safe levels of staffing during this coming period. We will also follow any updated advice from PHE, the Government and Kent County Council.