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Updated parent/staff letter

23rd March 2020


Dear Parents/Carers


EMERGENCY CARE SERVICE FOR CRITICAL WORKER's & VULNERABLE CHILDREN


Further to our letter on Friday, we are now writing to re-iterate the importance of adhering to all guidance being sent out by both the government and schools. We find ourselves in unprecedented times and we are only going to get through this if we support each other and follow the guidance. We are providing emergency care services as requested by the government but we really would like you to think long and hard about whether your child should be coming to school. As circumstances are changing daily, some of your personal circumstances will also change, e.g. a family member now home due the closure of pubs and restaurants may be able to care for children whilst other key workers go to work.

 

We repeat the information we gave on Friday:

 

1. If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.

2. If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them.

3. Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.

4. Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.


To protect our staff, who are working without any safety (PPE) equipment and other children we are insisting that: If your child does attend school during this closure period please follow the advice below when dropping off and collecting them.

 

• At drop off we would ask that you remain with them, keeping at least 2 metres away from other people, until they have had their temperature taken. It must be 37.8 degrees or below; if it is higher you will be asked to take your child home.

• After you have collected your child from school please do all you can to minimise the spread of the virus when you get home. Have a bin bag ready at the door and take clothes off immediately, place them in the bag and then take them directly to the washing machine to be washed. Then take a shower (including washing hair) before doing anything else.
These actions may seem extreme to you but this virus knows no boundaries, you cannot see it and it can be spread very, very quickly.


We must emphasise again that the government guidance also states that “many parents working in these critical sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home.

Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.”

 

Please can you keep the school updated on any change of circumstances which would lead to your child not coming to school so that the schools can adjust its staff rota accordingly, hopefully reducing it as less children come to school and we will then be putting less of our staff at risk.


Blackfield Primary School – admin@ilbps.org
Fawley Infant School – admin@ilfis.org
Kanes Hill Primary School – info@kaneshillsch.net
HIghtown Primary School – info@hightownsch.net
Blackfield Nursery – nursery@blackfield.hants.sch.uk

 

Forgive us for repeating these key principles but they are so important as we all stay at home, support the NHS and save lives.

 

1. If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.

2. If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them.

3. Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.

4. Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.

What is social distancing?


Social distancing measures are steps you can take to reduce social interaction between people. This will help reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).

 

They are to:
1. Avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough
2. Avoid non-essential use of public transport when possible
3. Work from home, where possible. Your employer should support you to do this. Please refer to employer guidance for more information
4. Avoid large and small gatherings in public spaces, noting that pubs, restaurants, leisure centres and similar venues are currently shut as infections spread easily in closed spaces where people gather together.
5. Avoid gatherings with friends and family. Keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media

6. Use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services

Everyone should be trying to follow these measures as much as is practicable.
We strongly advise you to follow the above measures as much as you can and to significantly limit your face-to-face interaction with friends and family if possible, particularly if you:


• are over 70
• have an underlying health condition
• are pregnant


This advice is likely to be in place for some weeks.

Handwashing and respiratory hygiene.


There are general principles you can follow to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:


• washing your hands more often - with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use a hand sanitiser when you get home or into work, when you blow your nose, sneeze or cough, eat or handle food
• avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
• avoid close contact with people who have symptoms
• cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin and wash your hands
• clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home

 

What should you do if you develop symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19)


The same guidance applies to the general population and those at increased risk of severe illness form coronavirus (COVID-19). If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 (high temperature and/or new and continuous cough), self-isolate at home for 7 days.


These are extremely challenging, and for some, distressing times. Working together and in partnership is the only way.

 

Be kind always.

 

Yours sincerely


Claire Lowe,
CEO