Last updated: 27/03/2020
Birch Hill Primary School is actively monitoring the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and will be updating this page of the website regularly to share information about the School’s preparations and responses. Should you have any further questions after reading this information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
We are following the Local Authority (LA), Department for Education (DfE) and Department of Health and Public Health England guidelines on responding to the virus.
What is the current situation?
Birch Hill Primary School is open as normal but we all have the responsibility of being extra careful with personal hygiene.
Staff, governors, parents, visitors have the responsibility of telling us if they have been to the countries named in the Public Health England communications and/or if they are showing symptoms so we can take due action.
We are constantly reviewing the situation and planning for various scenarios.
How are we trying to keep the school safe?
We are following Government and Public Health England instructions especially our emphasis that everybody has a responsibility to wash their hands regularly.
We are working with our cleaners to ensure that additional preventative cleaning is taking place at the school.
We will provide additional cleaning of high-profile contact points with the introduction of an additional preventative cleaning product. However, as you are aware, manufacturers are not keeping up with the demand for hand sanitisers, antibacterial soap, antibacterial wipes, virucidal cleaning chemicals, sanitiser dispensers etc, so there are already very significant lead times on obtaining such products. We are doing what we can but we are of course at the mercy of manufacturers and suppliers.
What actions can I take to keep my family safe from COVID-19?
- Wash your hands with soap and water often - do this for at least 20 seconds
- Always wash your hands when you get home or into work
- Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- Put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards
- Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
For further advice visit the NHS website
What should I do if my child or anyone in my family shows symptoms of COVID-19?
The symptoms of coronavirus are:
- a cough
- a high temperature
- shortness of breath
If your child or anyone in your family has a fever or new persistent cough, your child must NOT come to school and should stay at home for at least 14 days.
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
How will learning continue in the event of a closure?
Teachers will set relevant work that follows the curriculum as much as possible during the closure. This will be available via a password protected page on our website.
How can I support my child emotionally during this time
Setting routines, including working on-line, will help so that there is a sense of normality. Healthy eating, exercise and fresh air all support our well-being and mental health.
Limiting use of Social Media and any excessive use of technology or gaming may help keep your child from worrying about “false information”.
Where can I find additional information?
We will post all our messages here on this COVID-19 Update webpage for ease of access.
Further details can also be found on the Government website.
If the School were to be told to close how would we communicate with parents?
Please be assured this will always be the last resort and we will always follow advice from the Local Authority and Public Health England. In this event, we would use Teachers2Parents Mails/texts messages and direct you to this webpage so that you could access all the necessary information. Social media would only be used to report the closure, not for relaying further information. The school reception telephone message would also tell you if we were closed. We would keep in contact with you throughout the closure.