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11/03/20

School Coronavirus Letter

  11th March 2020   Dear Parent/Carer   Re: Coronavirus Concern   You are likely to be aware of the outbreak of the Coronavirus and the subsequent confirmed cases in the UK.  At St Clere’s, we take the health and safety of our pupils and staff seriously and are therefore continuing to share guidance from Public Health England on steps you should be taking.   As part of the school’s preparation for Coronavirus we have updated our pupils on extra hygiene precautions and help to prevent the spread of infection.    There is currently no cause for alarm at our school, but we will keep you informed of any issues that may arise.  We will continue to keep the school clean to prevent the spread of any virus.   That said, the number of cases of Coronavirus in the UK is increasing, so it is important that we have made contingencies for a wider spread of this disease.   We are asking pupils and parents to:   where possible, have access to a computer and the internet, or alternatively a smartphone, at home; know how to log onto and use the school emails and one-drive at home; ensure any files they need to work on are uploaded to one-drive; ensure they have resources at home for each subject to enable them to complete work set by teaching staff;   In the event of a closure, staff will aim to use “TEAMS” on office 365 to deliver lessons.  We are undertaking training now and will be updating pupils.  Any prior knowledge of this programme and its use will be of benefit to pupils in many ways, aside from any school closure.   Please contact a.carpenter.scs@osborne.coop if you have any difficulty making these preparations.   We are also asking all parents to maintain lines of communication through the MyEd app and the school website as well as facebook and twitter.   There has been significant publicity about the impact of Coronavirus on different members of the population depending on their age or whether there is an underlying medical condition.  Please can you ensure that the school is informed of any underlying medical conditions of which we are not already aware.   We continue to receive daily updates from the DofE and Public Health England, who are the only bodies that can make a decision about school closures.  The DofE coronavirus helpline is now available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care.  Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:   Phone: 0800 046 8687 opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday). Email – DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk.   We will continue to keep you informed as the situation changes.   Yours faithfully     Mrs A Hughes Head Teacher