The situation is constantly changing and we are receiving updated guidance.
We are also taking additional measures to protect the health and welllbeing of our pupils and staff.
All staff, young people 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 for 14 days. If staff, young people or children become unwell on site with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature they should be sent home for 14 days.
We have also decided as a school to stop all of our training sessions, visits from other professionals and we will now hold all meetings by phone or skype. We are also implementing the social distancing advice for vulnerable people. The guidance says this applies to
- aged 70 or older (regardless of medical conditions)
- under 70 with an underlying health condition listed below (ie anyone instructed to get a flu jab as an adult each year on medical grounds):
- chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis
- chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
- chronic kidney disease
- chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
- chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), a learning disability or cerebral palsy
- problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed
- a weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or medicines such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy
- being seriously overweight (a BMI of 40 or above)
- those who are pregnant
- People who have received an organ transplant and remain on ongoing immunosuppression medication
- People with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy or radiotherapy.
- People with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia who are at any stage of treatment
- People with severe chest conditions such as cystic fibrosis or severe asthma (requiring hospital admissions or courses of steroid tablets)
- People with severe diseases of body systems, such as severe kidney disease (dialysis)
We know that this will apply to members of our staff and also to numbers of our pupils. as parents and carers you will be making decisions about whether it is best for your child to social distance and not come to school. I will support you completely with this decision and authorise any absences.
As this situation develops this may well mean that parts of the school may need to close as we find ourselves without adequate levels of staffing to keep children and young people safe. I will inform you immediately when we have to make such a decision.