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Coronavirus Update 18.3.20

Coronavirus Update

As part of our daily review of the ongoing situation and with the long term view to remain open as long as possible or until told to close, we have taken the following steps to try to minimise the risk of infection.

Please remember that doors are open from 8.45 to 9.00 am – please try to arrive within this time and not overly early. From tomorrow can you ensure the following steps are taken:

• Adults are not to approach any staff on the door at drop off or pick up unless the matter is urgent.
• Adults remain at least 2 metres distance from the door and try to avoid one another when children are dropped off in the morning.
• Those children who attend Breakfast Club are sent to walk across the playground to the door. We will ensure that an adult is on the door to safely receive your child.
• Breakfast club will not accept cash during this time – we will send a bill out to parents when amounts owed reach £20 and over.
• Please do not come into the school office for routine communication – if you need to speak to someone please ring or email. If you have an urgent message please come into the office but remain away from the desk.
• At pick up time, please leave the school site promptly. Please do not stop to converse on school site or on pathways.

We are no longer holding whole school assemblies in school and we have made the decision that all after school clubs, peripatetic and lettings are cancelled with immediate effect. We have postponed the Year 5 play and hope to be able to rearrange this in the future. We will no longer be inviting visitors into school unless absolutely vital.

Thank you for your continued understanding during this time.


Dear Parents and Carers
Coronavirus Update

As you will be aware, the Government has moved to the next phase of the “Delay” strategy to control Coronavirus. Current guidance is for households to self-isolate for 14 days if any member is showing symptoms of fever and/or continuous cough. Schools have been advised to remain open. However, we are postponing all events that parents may have been invited to.

We do not have any more information than has been published by Public Health England and the Government. If the decision is made to close schools, it will probably be announced in the Prime Minister’s daily update and we will find out at the same time as you.

In the event of children having to self-isolate we have produced a Home Learning pack for every child, which we are sending home today. This may also be used in the event of a school closure. Please don’t use this as holiday homework or extra learning whilst your child is in school.

We have planned activities for two weeks. If your family has to self-isolate, children can complete the activities. Should a closure continue beyond the Easter break, class teachers will set further work via the academy website. The information in your child’s Home Learning pack can also be found on our school website. We will continue to update you via the blog (https://signhillsblog.wordpress.com) during any closure.

Any work completed in exercise books should be handed in when your child returns to school.

During their absence from school, children and parents can keep in touch with their class teachers via email. The class email addresses are the class name, followed by @signhillsacademy.co.uk. So Seals Class email address is seals@signhillsacademy.co.uk.

Please use these links if you have any concerns and to check for updates.

Public Health England Blog (https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/01/23/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know/)
NHS UK website (www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/)

Thank you for your continued understanding during this time.

Yours sincerely

Mr Steve Carr