Whilst we plan for our school to be open for every day of the academic year, we do have a responsibility to assess if the school site has safe access, before, during and after school, and also whether there are sufficient staff to guarantee the safety and wellbeing of the pupils. Therefore, there may be rare occasions where school closure is necessary, in order to ensure the safety of all those in attendance.
If closure is necessary:
- A decision will be taken as early as possible. Any delay will often be as a result of awaiting news or updates.
- We will communicate with families via our Arbor and Mailchimp service (hyperlink to ‘sign on’ page on website) . Please ensure that the school office are regularly updated with new email addresses.
- We will post a message on the front page of our school website.
- The Education Authority who verify the closure, then contact local media sources (radio/newspapers/social media)
We are very aware of the disruption a closure causes to working families. Please be assured that we will only close the school in exceptional circumstances as your child’s safety is the primary concern.
Information surrounding possible closure:
Government announces move from Contain to Delay phase
On the 13.03.20, the Government announced that we are moving from the Contain phase of the coronavirus action plan and into the Delay phase, in response to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Full details of each stage in the government action plan can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-action-plan
To support the delay of the spread of the virus, the Department for Health and Social Care has asked anyone who shows certain symptoms to stay at home for 7 days, regardless of whether they have travelled to affected areas. This means people should stay at home and avoid all but essential contact with others for 7 days from the point of displaying mild symptoms, to slow the spread of infection.
The symptoms are:
- A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)
- A new, continuous cough
You do not need to call NHS 111 to stay at home. If your symptoms worsen during your stay at home period or are no better after 7 days contact NHS 111 online at 111.nhs.uk. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.
Where to find the latest information:
Updates on COVID-19: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Department of Health and Social Care: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-of-health-and-social-care
<a href='https://www.bbc.co.uk/news' target='_blank'>https://www.bbc.co.uk/news</a> BBCBreaking
Guidance for educational settings: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19
Guidance for social or community care and residential settings:
Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus
World Health Organisation: https://www.who.int/ @WHO
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