Coronavirus update
Prime Minister’s Speech and its Implications our Schools

In the light of the speech to the nation by the Prime Minister on the evening of the 23rd March 2020, it is now essential that we enforce the rules that he has set out for the country in order to keep your children and our staff as safe as we possibly can.

Therefore we now need to ask again that you do not bring your child to school unless both parents/carers are key workers or in a single parent family, where that parent is a key worker.  You must also have explored all other options for childcare, school must be a last resort.  In addition, you are reminded that your child should only be in school on the days you need them to be – if you work part time, your child should be at home when you are.

These tighter measures are essential to keep the children, their families and our staff safe.  We will be reducing the staff on site to the absolute minimum.

Thank you so much for the overwhelming support you are already showing to our schools in these unusual and challenging times – it is much appreciated.

 


 

Please see the latest Government advice below relating to cancellation of public examinations and provision of free school meals.

Update on assessments and examinations

Yesterday, we confirmed that we will not go ahead with assessments or exams, and that we will not be publishing performance tables for this academic year. Tomorrow we will provide greater clarity on how students and young people will be awarded the examination results that they deserve.

New free school meals guidance

We have confirmed that we will give schools the flexibility to deliver meals or provide shop vouchers to children entitled to free school meals if they are no longer attending school, either due to closures or as a result of self-isolating at home.

Schools will be able to provide meals or vouchers for supermarkets or local shops, which can be sent directly to families who are either self-isolating at home or whose schools are closed on government advice. Final rates will be confirmed in the coming days, but we have confirmed that the voucher value for each eligible child will exceed the rate that schools are paid for free school meals, recognising that families will not be buying food in bulk and may therefore incur higher costs.

Staying at home guidance

Yesterday, the Prime Minister addressed the nation on coronavirus (COVID-19) and asked people to stay at home, except for very limited purposes. There is no change in guidance for education settings, which remain closed except for the children of critical workers and vulnerable children. We continue to ask that parents keep their children at home, wherever possible.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/full-guidance-on-staying-at-home-and-away-from-others


 

Further Government Advice

https://www.publichealth.hscni.net/sites/default/files/2020-03/V4%20Coronavirus%20advice%20for%20schools%20poster%20020302%20EDU15.0.4%20%282%29.pdf

​As of 12 March, the government advice is to stay at home for 7 days if you have either:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough

The advice is not to go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.  You do not need to contact NHS 111 unless your symptoms worsen after 7 days.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

The Government is stressing the need for thorough hand washing and has released this advice:
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/public-information-campaign-focuses-on-handwashing

The Department for Education has opened a help line to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

  • Phone: 0800 046 8687
  • Email: 
  • Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

The majority of people self-isolating in the UK at the moment are not unwell and will not develop the Coronavirus.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance

 


 

Latest Update/check 3rd April 2020, 15:15