Update: Coronavirus – 18-3-20

Dear Parents/Carers,

As you’re probably aware, the government’s guidance on the coronavirus has changed from the ‘contain’ phase to one of delaying the spread of the virus. We’re getting in touch to let you know what we’re doing in light of this, and what we expect from all of you, to help make sure our school community keeps safe and calm.

We’d like to reassure you that at Parkwood Hall we’re taking all of the necessary steps to protect our community and are continuing to follow official guidance from the government.

What’s the current situation?

  • The school remains open – this is the current official guidance we’ve been given
  • All school functions with the exception of extended day continue to run as normal
  • If you, your child or anyone you live with has the following symptoms you must follow guidance to stay at home:
  • A new, continuous cough and/or
  • A high temperature
  • If your child is unwell or is self-isolating, report this as you would normally
  • All community trips and events have now been cancelled or postponed.
  • We’ll keep you up to date with any changes to the current situation

What we’re doing to protect and support pupils and staff

  • We are continuing to maintain a high level of cleaning within the school
    • We are encouraging staff and students to continue to wash their hands
    • We have now cancelled all external visitors to site and any meetings held at school. These are now being carried out remotely.
    • We are providing social stories for students to assist them with understanding the current situation
    • We are continuing to monitor staffing levels.
    • We are setting up activity packs for students to take home in the event of school closure

What we need you to do

  • If you’ve recently changed your contact details, please inform the school office as soon as possible by calling 01322 664441 and speak to our reception staff
  • Talk to your children about the coronavirus. It’s a scary time and we should make sure children feel supported. BBC Newsround has regular updates for younger children and YounqMinds has practical steps older children can take to help with anxiety
  • Come and collect your child straight away, if we ask you to (we’ll contact you if they become ill with either a temperature or a new, continuous cough)

What happens if the school has to close?

We’ll only close if we’re either officially advised to do so or we don’t have enough staff to run the school. We currently have a high level of staff absence, none of which are confirmed cases. Should this level of absence increase then a,decision will be made in conjunction with the Chair Qf Governors to close the school.

In either case, we’ll:

  • Notify parents immediately via the schoolzine app, by text message and also via email;
  • Activity packs will be provided for students
  • The schoolzine app will be updated with news regarding the school opening

If you have any questions

Please consult the:

School reception, if you have any questions about our response to this issue

NHS, if you want to know more about the symptoms of coronavirus. If you think you or your child may have the symptoms, use NHS 111 online if at all possible before calling 111

Department for Education’s coronavirus helpline: 0800 046 8687, if you have any questions about the government’s response to coronavirus in relation to schools

Government’s travel advice, if you want to know whether any upcoming trip or holiday you’re taking abroad should go ahead

It’s a tricky time and we know you’re worried about the impact this might have on our community. It’s important we keep each other safe and talk about these events to help with any anxiety.

Thank you for your continued support