Updated 31st March: Coronavirus COVID-19
We just wanted to keep you informed that we and the Hamwic Education Trust are still closely monitoring the situation regarding the Coronavirus and following the daily guidance and advise released from the Government and Department for Education. This is an entirely unprecedented situation and we are following official advice from the Government and the NHS. This advice is being added to on a daily basis and we are monitoring and responding to that as it is published.
In response to Boris Johnson’s announcement yesterday that all schools in England and Wales will be closed from Friday afternoon at 3:30pm except to our most vulnerable and those of ‘Key Workers’. Please note that where there are two parents in a household, if one of them is a key worker and one of them is not we would expect that the non key worker would provide the necessary childcare. Therefore, that child will not be in school. It is expected that we will all self isolate in our homes and practice social distancing in order to slow down/prevent the spread of the virus if we are not key workers. Please be safe.
Please read the following letter for further information: School Closure
Children would have come home Thursday with their learning packs for them to work through while they are at home. Please help support your child with their learning, if you should need any assistance then please do email the school email account (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Further learning may be sent out electronically at a future date, please keep an eye on your emails.
Also, we have noticed that the children in school are talking a lot about the Coronavirus and some are quite scared. We are doing our best to reassure them and answer any questions. Please be aware that children pick up on the news and some have access to social media, so please be mindful of what they are hearing and seeing. Give them some reassurance and a cuddle as it is such an unknown scenario for them and us. Below is a social story that is used to help reassure them, please share it with your children if needed.
As per the current Government guidance if your child or a member of your household develops a new or continuous cough and/or a high temperature, they should self-isolate for 7 days. The whole family should then put themselves into self isolation for 14 days and if anyone shows signs, they should then self-isolate for 7 days from the the date they first showed signs themselves.
If your child shows any of the above symptoms at school, you will be called to collect your child and asked to isolate them for 7 days.
While in self-isolation, please do the following with your child/ren:
- Daily reading with your child
- Daily practise using Times Table Rock Stars
- Daily practise of spellings using Spelling Shed
- Daily practise using Maths Shed
- Any research that can be done on their topic on their Curriculum Newsletter (copy on the website under Our Curriculum)
- Early Years have been learning the letter names for all letters in the alphabet. Please practise this at home. There are a lot of alphabet songs on YouTube.com is an online site which has a wealth of games and power points which support your child’s learning.
Support and Further Information
The DfE have also launched a helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
- GOV.UK: coronavirus action plan
- GOV.UK: information on coronavirus and the situation in the UK
- GOV.UK: coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response
- GOV.UK: coronavirus-support-for-employees-benefit-claimants-and-businesses
We appreciate that we are currently in an unusual situation and do not wish to alarm parents. Thank you for your understanding and if you do have any concerns, then please contact Bearwood Primary and Nursery school to discuss.