St Michael’s, Church of England, VA, Primary and Nursery School

Coronavirus

Please click here to see our risk assessment for school in June 2020
Please click here to see our returning to school guidance and information for parent June 2020

Please note that we continue to follow the latest advice from the

Coronavirus – what you need to know

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

You can help to slow the spread of Coronavirus

Make sure you and your children follow these general principles to prevent spreading any respiratory virus:

  • Wash your hands often – with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or an alcohol-based sanitiser if soap and water aren’t available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • If you feel unwell, have a new continuous cough or high temperature stay at home and don’t attend work or school.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home.
  • Only call NHS 111 if symptoms become a concern – don’t go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment.

Department for Education Coronavirus helpline – this helpline has been set up to answer questions about the virus related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline.

Phone: 0800 046 8687

Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk

Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

Self-Isolation Restrictions 

Restrictions have been put into place:

  • All non-essential travel and contact should be avoided for everyone
  • Work from home where possible
  • Avoid all social venues
  • Pregnant  women, other adults with underlying health conditions and people over the age of 70 should be shielded from social contact for a minimum of 12 weeks
  • If one person in any household starts to display symptoms everyone living there must stay at home for a minimum of 14 days

Those self-isolating should stay indoors and avoid contact with other people for a minimum of 14 days from when your symptoms started.

It is important to follow the advice for the whole period, even if you do not have any symptoms.

Do:

  • stay at home
  • separate yourself from other people – for example, try not to be in the same room as other people at the same time
  • only allow people who live with you to stay
  • stay in a well-ventilated room with a window that can be opened
  • ask friends, family members or delivery services to carry out errands for you, such as getting groceries, medicines or other shopping
  • make sure you tell delivery drivers to leave items outside for collection if you order online
  • clean toilets and bathrooms regularly
  • think about a bathroom rota if a separate bathroom is not available, with the isolated person using the facilities last, before thoroughly cleaning the bathroom themselves
  • use separate towels from anyone else in the household
  • wash crockery and utensils thoroughly with soap and water; dishwashers may be used to clean crockery and cutlery
  • stay away from your pets – if unavoidable, wash your hands before and after contact

Don’t:

  • do not invite visitors to your home or allow visitors to enter
  • do not go to work, school or public areas
  • do not use public transport like buses, trains, tubes or taxis
  • do not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, bedding or other items with other people in your home

How to Protect Your Mental Health

Coronavirus has plunged the world into uncertainty and the constant news about the pandemic can feel relentless. All of this is taking its toll in people’s mental health.

Being concerned about the news is understandable, but for many people it can make mental health problems worse.

Recommendations include:

  • Avoid watching, reading or listening to news that could cause you to feel anxious or distressed
  • Seek information mainly to take practical steps to prepare plans and protect yourself and loved ones
  • Seek information updates at specific times
  • There is a lot of misinformation swirling around – stay informed by sticking to trusted sources such as government and NHS websites
  • Have breaks from social media
  • Mute key words which might be triggering on Twitter and unfollow or mute accounts
  • Mute WhatsApp groups and hide Facebook posts and feeds if you find them too overwhelming
  • Wash your hands but not excessively
  • Stay connected with people – agree regular check-in times to help you feel connected to family and friends
  • If self-isolating strike a balance between having a routine and making sure your day has some variety
  • Continue to access nature and sunlight wherever possible. Exercise, eat well and stay hydrated

Talking to your children about the Coronavirus: www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-51734855

Child Friendly Explanations

Coronavirus – it gives you a very nasty cough and makes you poorly. Most of us will just be poorly for a short time and then we’ll get better.

Because this illness is very new, we haven’t got a cure for it yet. This means that some people will get very ill. This is most likely to be people who are older or already poorly.

We want to stops as many people as possible getting the virus. It is spread by people coughing when they have it. It can be killed by washing your hands with soap. It is important that we wash our hands properly with soap whenever we go to the toilet, or before we eat, or when we come home. This will help to keep us well.

To help stop people catching it, lots of places in the world have closed until things begin to get better. Some people will be asked to stay at home. School might close as well.

Further Information

www.norfolk.gov.uk/coronavirustoolkit

www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Thank you all for your support and understanding already this week with changes we have had to make, or have felt it sensible to make. By working together, in line with advice from the government and HPE England we can be confident we are all working together and doing all we can.

Changes at School

We have been through the calendar and feel it sensible to cancel some events or trips etc. as part of our precautions.

The changes are as follows:

  • All whole school collective worships are cancelled (These will take place in smaller groups within classrooms)
  • Number of school visits/visitors cancelled
  • All visitors asked to follow good hygiene routines
  • No sharing of food or drinks

Absences from school

Thank you for keeping us informed. Please make it clear if your child is off because they are unwell or if you are self-isolating them in line with the guidance. If self-isolation is the reason, we need to know what symptoms have led you to this decision.

These reasons are recorded differently for legal purposes:

Y – When school instructs families to self-isolate after reporting symptom of HT and/or new continuous cough

C – To be used at Head teacher’s discretion for families self-isolating for their own reasons e.g. family members with underlying health conditions but children have no symptoms

O – When families are simply electing to self-isolate with no viable justification

We will endeavour to keep you up to date with any changes to current guidance.