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Coronavirus Update 3

Update Coronavirus or COVID-19


Dear Mums, Dads and Carers,


There has been no change to current advice from Government, school remains open and will continue to run as normal as long as we can. At this point the Wilthorpe staff have been exceptional and all staff have attended and worked hard to ensure that the children have remained in a routine as best possible given the circumstances. However we are at the point where some staff are now having to self-isolate following the government guidelines, due to either being a vulnerable individual or a family member displaying symptoms. If, as anticipated, this continues it will make running the school safely a challenge. From today I will need to consider putting year groups and classes together, due to the numbers of children in school and the teaching staff available. We will continue to do whatever we can to keep the children at the centre of what we do, ensuring support is in place emotionally if they require.


For those of you already self-isolating links to eLearning have been put onto the school website. There are many English and Maths activities, but also some links to crafts and virtual tours. The teachers have been asked to direct you to specific learning for each year group and this should be in place by the morning of the 19th March. In order to give the children a purpose for their work, you are welcome to email anything to the parent email address, please specify your child/rens names and class teacher in the subject of the email and office staff will direct the work to the class teacher. Also on the website is a suggested timetable for home school learning, this will help the children remain in some routine whilst being in self-isolation.


Please can I request again that you do not send any child to school that is displaying symptoms, we will immediately have to send the child home, along with any siblings, to ensure we are following our guidelines. Also can I ask you to use caution around any social media about the school. This is an exceptionally frightening time for us all, as our day to day lives are changed, posting any unsubstantiated information on social media only goes to inflame those fears. I will continue to write to you every day to keep you informed with the current situation within school, to the best to my knowledge.


The current messages from the government states:

  • if you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus illness (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started.
  • 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.
  • if you can, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period
  • if you cannot move vulnerable people out of your home, stay away from them as much as possible
  • if you have coronavirus symptoms: do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital
  • you do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home
  • testing for coronavirus is not needed if you’re staying at home
  • plan ahead and ask others for help to ensure that you can successfully stay at home and consider what can be done for vulnerable people in the household
  • ask your employer, friends and family to help you to get the things you need to stay at home
  • wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water, or use hand sanitiser
  • if you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, or your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days, then use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service. If you do not have internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999
    Thank you for your continued support and please keep yourselves as safe as possible.
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