Lace Hill Academy

COVID (19) Updated 17th March 2020

16th March 2020

Coronavirus – update Tuesday 17th March 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

In light of the Coronavirus outbreak and the new government guidelines announced yesterday, we are making a number of changes in school out of an abundance of caution for our children, families and staff.

As per the government guidelines, anyone who displays the symptoms of a new persistent cough or a high temperature should self-isolate themselves, along with other members of their household, for 14 days. Please keep your children at home if this applies to you and your household.  Please can we ask that all contact with school is made by telephone or email.

In order to limit “non-essential social contact”, we will be postponing whole school and class assemblies.

We are also going to be limiting the number of visitors we have in school. Therefore if you have a meeting booked or you need to meet with a member of staff, we will ask you to do this over the phone. If you are due to have a meeting, the office or member of staff will contact you directly to schedule a phone conversation.

We are cancelling the Year 5 trip to Beachborough, Year 6 Easter Cracked, and Year 3 and Year 4 Henley Rowing Museum trips.

A number of parents have contacted school asking teachers to provide work for children who are off sick or have decided to self-isolate to protect other family members. Unfortunately as the teaching staff in school are continuing to plan, prepare, teach and mark for the children in their classes they do not have the capacity to be provide this. In the event of a whole school closure, teachers will set work from the second day. More information will be provided at the time.

As I am sure you appreciate, this is an unprecedented time and we will update you as soon as we have any further information.

Best Wishes

Ms L Geliot  

What do do if you have mild symptoms of illness

The government has issued new guidance on what to do if you have mild symptoms of the virus and we have received the following advice from the Director of Public Health at Buckinghamshire County Council, which we will be adhering to in school.

To prevent the spread of Coronavirus and protect others

If you, a member of your staff or a pupil have the following symptoms of coronavirus infection (COVID-19), even if they are mild:

New continuous cough

and / or

Temperature of over 37.8

You whole household: 

·       should all stay at home and not leave their house for 14 days from when the  symptoms started.

·       They do not need to call NHS 111 if the symptoms are mild

·       They will not be routinely tested unless they have risk factors relating to their age or medical history.

·       If they have serious symptoms they cannot manage at home they should use NHS 111 online

·       After 14 days of self-isolation, if you all  feel better and no longer have a high temperature they can return to their normal routine.

·       If they have not got better after 14 days and have not already sought medical advice, use NHS111 online before leaving home or letting visitors in.

 

Remember

  • Wash hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water.
  • Stay away from vulnerable individuals such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions as much as possible.
  • PLEASE NOTE: Travel history and contact with possible cases is no longer considered an important factor so anyone who has been staying at home for that reason can resume normal life (so long as you have no symptoms).

Guidance for schools

The government has also stated that schools are advised not to close – this could do more harm than good but it is under review and may change as the disease spreads. Schools should only close if advised to do so.

Our advice to parents

As per the update we sent out last Friday, if your child is kept at home because they have contracted the virus then please keep the school fully informed as per our normal sickness absence procedures. You should contact the school prior to the child’s return to school.