Coronavirus Update (Monday 16 March, 2020)

We feel it is timely to update you on how we are dealing with the on-going situation concerning the coronavirus. ​Schools have been asked to remain open unless specifically instructed to close from Public Health England. We will of course continue to review our risk assessment and follow Government guidance as it is published. On this note sport fixtures, extra-curricular activities and day trip/events will be cancelled/postponed until further notice.

The advice given by Public Health England is that if a student has symptoms of coronavirus infection (COVID-19), however mild, please stay at home and do not leave your house for 7 days from when your symptoms started.

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • new continuous cough and/or
  • high temperature

Further information can be found at the following link and is regularly updated:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19  

Furthermore, and as you will expect, we will continue to remind all students about the importance of good hand hygiene (washing your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water) and would be grateful for your support with this.  

A general principle to follow is that everyone should cover a cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the bin. ‘Catch it.  Bin it.  Kill it.’

If your child is self-isolating as a precaution, they can access work via ClassCharts. In addition, students can carry out independent study using the various online tools that we have in place, including but not restricted to SAM Learning, MyMaths, Educake, Seneca or BBC Bitesize. Access to shared folders containing resources, presentations and task sheets can be accessed using Google Drive.

If you or your child is unsure of how to access these tools, please feel free to get in touch with their Head of Year.