Coronavirus Update – Friday 13th March 2020

Dear Parents and carers,
I would like to update you on the advice we have been given on the Coronavirus, following the Government’s latest review of the situation across the UK, including confirmed cases in several Hampshire primary and secondary schools, as well as schools and sixth forms.
The Government has confirmed that it’s in the “delay” phase – the second stage. We, at Shamblehurst Primary, need to work closely with you, as parents, to stress the importance of basic hygiene to children. We need your help to emphasise the importance of hand washing, and we have been discussing this with each class.
Our cleaning team and staff will be continuing to frequently deep clean parts of the school that have a high usage from children, e.g. door handles.
It is not appropriate for children to come into school with face masks on. Public Health England’s advice is that while these play an important role in clinical settings, there is little evidence of their effectiveness outside these settings. They can also create alarm and fear amongst children.
The guidance from Public Health England and the Department for Education is that schools should remain open. We have however started to prepare work for children in the event that the Government decides to close schools, to ensure children’s learning can continue at home.
Given the developments of the past two weeks, it is possible that we will have increasing levels of staff and pupil absences. Government guidance is to self-isolate if you have a new cough or temperature. Children should stay at home for 7 days. I can confirm that this is an exceptional circumstance, and will not affect the child’s attendance figures.
We have some members of staff and children who have already had to self-isolate from today, as per the new guidance. A link to the Government’s guidance is below:
People with symptoms are no longer required to call NHS 111 as the system is under strain, but are urged to look for information on the NHS website.
It is important to prepare for what potentially is to come with a sense of proportion and perspective, and we will continue to act on formal advice and facts without causing undue alarm to our children.
I will continue to provide you with updates of any developments and thank you for your help and co-operation in keeping our children safe.
Yours sincerely,
Anna Jones & Becky Veal

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