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COVID-19 Response

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

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 fully open.

Staff, governors, parents and visitors all have responsibility for maintaining personal hygiene and of telling us if they are showing symptoms, and/or if they have been to any country named by Public Health England or Government on the quaratine list.

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.  We will do our best to maintain stocks of hand sanitisers, antibacterial soap, antibacterial wipes, cleaning chemicals, etc.


  • 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 new continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back 37.8+
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

If your child or anyone in your family has any of these symptoms,  your child must NOT come to school and will need to be tested.  

Please contact the school to tell us.  

Check the updated guidance (NHS Covid-19 website) 

Stay at Home Guidance with possible or confirmed COVID-19 sympthoms 

What to do if Guide for Parents

How will learning continue in the event of a closure?

As before, teachers will set relevant work that follows the curriculum as .  This will be available via a password protected page on our website.  Teachers will also be available to offer on line support.   

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”.

There is a range of well-being resources available.  

Bracknell Forest Mental Health & Well-being services

List of service and resource material  

Advice from Education Psychology Service 

Books to explain COVID19 for children  

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Coping-family-life-during-the-lockdown Advice 

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.