Virus Letter - 16th March 2020

March 16th 2020

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 New City Primary School we’re taking all of the necessary steps to protect our community and are continuing to follow official guidance from the government and local authority.

What’s the current situation?

  • The school remains open – this is the current official guidance we’ve been given
  • All school functions continue to run as normal including breakfast and after school clubs but due to staffing capacity we can no longer run our after-school activity clubs.
  • Children should attend school unless they feel unwell – if your child has any of the following symptoms they should remain at home for 7 days:
  • a new, continuous cough and/or 
  • a temperature
  • If your child is unwell, report this as you would normally by using StudyBugs or phoning the school office
  • All future trips have been cancelled

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 

  • If a child feels ill during the day with a temperature or a persistent cough we will contact you immediately
  • We are providing children with hand sanitiser throughout the day and monitoring the washing of their hands
  • We have been delivering lessons and assemblies for children about hygiene and how to deal with anxiety
  • We have now stopped all trips from tomorrow

What we need you to do

  • If you’ve recently changed your contact details, please inform the school office as soon as possible via [email/telephone]
  • 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 YoungMinds 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)
  • Check that your child has access to the school website from home, and let us know if there are any issues, so we can make sure we’re well prepared for remote learning if the school does need to close at some point

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.
In either case, we’ll:

  • Send a text message to all parents to alert you about the closure and will post information on our website at www.newcity.boleyntrust.org
  • We will keep you updated via our website www.newcity.boleyntrust.org as to when the school will re-open
  • Our website will host all the information your child needs to complete their learning

Please keep in mind that we’re only sending out this information to help the school community prepare. There are currently no plans to close.

If you have any questions, please consult the:

  • School office, 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.

Best wishes

Mrs Stone
Head Teacher

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