COVID-19 – UPDATE 28th March 2020
As our country, and indeed the world, responds to the continuing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we will endeavour to keep you informed of the situation relating to our school as soon as we have reliable and relevant advice available upon which to act.
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Copthill will be closed from end of school on Friday 20th March until further notice.
Whilst we had anticipated the announcement on school closure and have been preparing contingencies, there remain a significant number of practical measures which we will need to resolve over the next few days. Whilst we are sure you all have many questions, the truth is so do we! Like many similar schools, we are presently seeking some further clarification before we can make decisive plans. We would therefore ask for and thank you for your continued patience.
Our immediate overriding aim is to be able to support as many parents and families as possible in practical ways, without putting the health of vulnerable persons at risk. Practical ways we are considering at present include;
- providing a comprehensive continuity of education for all our pupils within the considerable practical limitations of distance learning
- Providing support to children of key workers in our school community
- Providing support to parents requiring assistance across our whole school community.
The latest advice explains:
- if you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill
- it is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community
- for anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14-day isolation period.
We ask you to follow these guidelines.
The following link will be useful if members of your household have to stay at home – COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection. The section at the end entitled, ‘Ending self-isolation and household-isolation’ gives further information.
If your child or someone in your household develops a new, continuous cough or a high temperature, please let us know on the first day of the symptoms by telephone or email. Your child should stay at home for the advised period:
- 14 days (from day one) if they do not develop symptoms;
- 7 days (from the day they begin to show symptoms) if they do indeed show symptoms.
You do not have to inform us of their absence every day.
If your child is sent home from school with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature, we will not expect them back in school until the 7 day isolation period is over. Again, you do not have to inform us of their absence every day.
Ongoing academic work for those at home
If your child is in Nursery to Year 4 and is at home, your child’s form teacher will communicate with you via email regarding teaching and learning activities that their classmates are working on in school so that you can support their learning at home should they feel well enough.
If your child is in Year 5 or Year 6, your child’s subject teachers will keep you informed in the first instance and they might also send information to your child via their school email address. You can expect English, Maths, Science and Humanities to be covered.
Communication with School
Please continue to communicate with us using the normal channels – for example, email. However, we ask you to understand that, due to this unprecedented and rapidly changing situation, we might not be able to respond as quickly as we normally do. Do rest assured that your communication will have been noted and dealt with accordingly.
Thank you for your continued support.