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St Mary's Catholic Primary Schools Trust



                                                                                                                                           19th March 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – school closure

I am writing to inform you that following the government announcement yesterday, this school will close tomorrow, Friday 20th March at the usual time. The school will be closed for the foreseeable future and no date has been given for re-opening at the moment.

Provision for children of essential workers

This is a very serious pandemic and it is clear that social distancing is important in fighting the virus. Therefore, for your children the safest place for them to be will be in their own home.

If however all those with parental responsibility, fall into the government category of key workers, you may decide to send your child to school if there is nobody to care for them at home. Please check the Government list carefully and contact the office if you intend to bring your child to school on Monday.

If you fall into the category and you need to bring your child to school, please let us know immediately so that plans can be made.

Evidence of your key worker status as per the Government list will be required.

The school can accommodate children in receipt of an education, health and care plan if necessary and there is no available care for them at home. We would stress however that government advice on distancing suggests that children are safest at home.

This is an unprecedented situation in education in the UK. In light of this we urge all parents to act with the utmost responsibility when making decisions regarding childcare. To be clear: the school cannot provide childcare unless it is clear that the principle carers are employed as key workers in the current crisis.

Please note if you or anyone in your family has symptoms you will need to self- isolate and therefore your child cannot attend school.

Yours sincerely,

Miss O’Callaghan

Symptoms of coronavirus

The symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a cough
  • a high temperature
  • shortness of breath

But these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness.

The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu.

How coronavirus is spread

Because it's a new illness, we do not know exactly how coronavirus spreads from person to person.

Similar viruses are spread in cough droplets.

It's very unlikely it can be spread through things like packages or food.

How to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus

         *wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds

  • *always wash your hands when you get home or into work

  • *use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available

  • *cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze

  • *put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards

  • *try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell

  • *do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

What to do if you think you might have coronavirus

If you think you might have coronavirus or you've been in close contact with someone who has it:

  • stay at home and avoid close contact with other people
  • do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital
  • use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do next

The 111 coronavirus service will tell you if you need to continue to stay at home (self-isolate) or if you need medical help.