Coronavirus Update and Guidance
The school will be closed as of Monday 23rd March 2020 until further notice for the vast majority of pupils. Schools are being asked to continue to provide care for a limited number of children: children who are vulnerable and children whose parents/carers are critical to the COVID-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home.
As a school community and as a country, we all need to do what we can to reduce the spread of coronavirus. It is important that we all adhere to the government’s advice on self-isolation, household isolation and social distancing.
The most recent scientific advice on how to further limit the spread is for children to stay safe at home. The fewer children making the journey to school, and the fewer children in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society. This is why the government has asked parents/carers to keep their children at home, where possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.
Vulnerable children include children who are supported by social care, those with safeguarding and welfare needs, including child in need plans, on child protection plans, ‘looked after’ children, young carers, disabled children and those with education, health and care (EHC) plans.
Parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors listed below. Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home and every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.
Please, therefore, follow these key principles:
- If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
- If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them.
- Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
- Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.
- Residential special schools, boarding schools and special settings continue to care for children wherever possible.
If your work is critical to the COVID-19 response, or you work in one of the critical sectors listed below, and you cannot keep your child safe at home then your children will be prioritised for education provision. Please check the government guidance for more information:
- Health and social care
- Education and child care
- Key public services
- Local and national government
- Food and other necessary good
- Public safety and national security
- Utilities, communication and financial services
We will re-open fully as soon as we have received information from the government to do so and will let you know when this is by a text message and regular updates on our school website.
I would like to thank you again for your continued support during this unprecedented situation. All staff at Wykeham Primary School hope that you and your families remain safe and well.
Free School Meals
If your child usually receives free school meals, we will also be in touch with more information about how we will continue to provide this, with support from a scheme that the government has announced.
Supporting your Child's Well-being and Anxiety
Please continue to talk with your children about this situation. The following organisations and links to their websites have information that parents may wish to use to support children about the coronavirus illness and anxiety:
Help prevent the spread of infection
Please ensure you and your children follow these general principles to prevent spreading any respiratory virus and keeping themselves safe:
- Wash your hands often – with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Please make sure you particularly wash your hands:
- before leaving home,
- on arrival at school,
- after using the toilet,
- after breaks and sporting activities,
- before preparing food,
- before eating any food (including snacks) and
- before leaving work or school.
- Always wash you hands when you get home.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Use an alcoholic based sanitiser if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- If you feel unwell, stay at home and don’t attend work or school.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue then throw the tissue in the bin.
- Cough or sneeze into the crook of your elbow if a tissue is not available.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces at home.