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Coronavirus – Updated advice

IMPORTANT UPDATE- COVID-19


DAILY UPDATE - MARCH 13TH 2020:

Dear Parents/Carers

In the Chingford family of schools, Senior Leaders have been monitoring closely the latest advice and instructions as our community moves from the ‘contain’ phase to the ‘delay’ phase. 

Whilst the latest advice is that people with fever or cough are to self-isolate for 7 days, the intention will be to operate schools as normally as possible for as long as possible in order to continue to provide a high quality educational experience.  In order to do this we all have to work together.  Therefore, comprehensive contingency plans have been created for all eventualities. It is important that the students and staff have a sense of normality in order to be able to go about their daily work.

For reassurance, some practical strategies we have employed include -

  1. Keeping students safe whilst in the building by ensuring that soap is available and that the cleaning regime and protocols are increased.
  2. Increasing communication so that we are continually reminding students to keep clean.
  3. Curriculum and assembly briefings to staff and students on hygiene and Coronavirus safety.
  4. Updating parents on our websites with both local and national Coronavirus updates.

 As a last resort, under the direction of the government or other planned for eventualities, plans are in place for the school to be partially or fully closed. Of course we will be working with the DfE and Local Authority to ensure that there will be a co-ordinated local response. Please be clear, we are not at that stage but the situation may change quickly. Plans for students to be able to access their learning are in place.  

So, in the event that services is compromised due to unforeseen absence we will:

  1. Update parents via anycomms and our website homepage.
  2. Assemble students to brief them regarding arrangements for the day.
  3. Explain to parents in advance if school days need to be shortened or curtailed at short notice.
  4. Ensure that our most vulnerable students and staff are provided with commensurate support.

Whilst this is a fast changing and evolving situation, you too can do your bit at home by ensuring that the same advice regarding informing the school about self-isolation, and any concerns regarding foreign visits that will help us keep each other safe over the coming months.  We are sure that you will reiterate our messages regarding hygiene, regular hand-washing and awareness about the vulnerabilities about certain members within the South Chingford family are supported.  Please remind our young people to be aware of themselves when they are in the proximity of vulnerable groups such as the sick or elderly.

We will keep you regularly updated.

Yours sincerely

 J Benton                                              S Reed

CEO/Executive Principal               Vice Principal

 

 

 

 

 Wednesday 11th March 2020

Dear Parents

The School continues to remain up-to-date with the latest advice issued by Public Health England (PHE) and Department for Education (DfE) in relation to COVID-19. You may be aware that the government has delayed plans for school closures for the time being whilst we remain in the ‘Contain’ phase, but has raised the chances of a wider scope for self-isolation.

We continue to liaise with other schools, other visiting organisations, and individual visitors to ensure they are also following the PHE guidelines fully prior to them coming to South Chingford or before our pupils visit them.

We are also reviewing our upcoming Day and Residential Educational Visits and the changing circumstances around them.  As ever, we will follow guidance issued by both PHE and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.  If there are any material changes to government advice relating to Educational Visits, we update you straightaway. We are currently meeting with all trip leaders, speaking with travel companies and following PHE advice on a daily basis.

Otherwise, we continue to go about our normal business here at School and we urge parents to continue to follow the advice contained within the PHE website.

For some areas, PHE requires you to self-isolate on your return even if showing no symptoms.

If you have returned from travels to an affected area, or have had contact with a confirmed case, and become unwell, pupils should self-isolate at home and must contact NHS 111 or 999 in an emergency. In all cases pupils can return to School only when they have been cleared by the medical authorities and the School is satisfied that there is no risk to the community. Please email office@southchingfordfs.org.uk with any suspected cases or if you have been advised to self-isolate in lines with PHE guidance.

To increase our levels of awareness, we are now asking that any pupil or family intending to travel to ANY affected foreign country should notify me as soon as possible so we can be sure that pupils returning to School are safe to do so.

Finally, in following best practice suggested by external health authorities, the School’s temporary policy is that members of the School Community should not expect to shake hands as they would normally do as a show of good manners. This is becoming a common way of ensuring good hand hygiene and a further means of preventing the spread of germs. Of course, the expectation is that this will not diminish our friendly, welcoming and well-mannered culture at South Chingford. Pupils will no doubt find other forms of greeting such as elbow bump, thumbs-up, wave, ‘sup’ head nod, tip of the hat, or the Wuhan Shake etc

 

 Sean Reed (Vice principal)

 

Department for Education Coronavirus helpline

Yesterday, we launched a new 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
Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

·No school should close in response to a suspected (or confirmed) COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England.

 

The importance of hygiene

Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19. Please help us in sharing simple and effective hand hygiene messages.

Public Health England has a dedicated webpage with a range of posters and digital materials at:

https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/resources/campaigns/101-coronavirus-/resources

Sign up is quick, free and means you will be alerted as more resources are made available.

New guidance for employers

The Department for Business (BEIS) and Public Health England have issued guidance for employers, which you can find at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/guidance-for-employers-and-businesses-on-covid-19

Where to find the latest information

Updates on COVID-19:
https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Guidance for educational settings:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus