As you’re probably aware, the government’s guidance on the coronavirus has changed from the ‘contain’ phase to one of delaying the spread of the virus. We’d like to let you know what we’re doing in light of this, and what we expect from all of you, to help make sure our school community keeps safe and calm.
We’d like to reassure you that at Sir Francis Hill we’re taking all of the necessary steps to protect our community and are continuing to follow official guidance from the government and Lincolnshire County Council.
What’s the current situation?
- The school remains open – this is the current official guidance we’ve been given
- All school functions continue to run as close to normal as possible.
- Pupils should attend unless they feel unwell – if your child has any of the following symptoms they should remain at home for 14 days:
- a new, continuous cough and/or
- a temperature of 37.8 degrees or above
- If your child is unwell, report this as you would normally by calling the school office first thing in the morning.
- We’ll keep you up to date with any changes to the current situation.
What we’re doing to protect and support pupils and staff
- Reporting individual pupil illness immediately to parents if/when it occurs in school.
- Assemblies will be cancelled (from Monday 16th March) as a means of minimising the number of children in an enclosed space at one time.
- All events requiring parents to come in to school have been cancelled.
- Our KS2 productions of The Lion King have been postponed until the Summer Term; we will set a new date after the Easter holidays.
- Out of school activities, such as swimming and sports matches, and visits have been postponed until after the Easter holidays.
- Staggered lunchtimes have now been introduced to minimise social contact
- After-school clubs will all cease from Tuesday 17th March
- Regular and thorough cleaning of the premises, with a particular focus on areas such as the toilets and the door handles, using an approved disinfectant cleaner.
- Enforcing hand-washing and providing hand sanitising gel.
- Lessons for pupils about hygiene and how to deal with any anxiety.
- Reviewing our visitors in school policy.
What we need you to do
- If you’ve recently changed your contact details, please inform the school office as soon as possible with the updated details
- Talk to your children about the coronavirus. It’s a scary time and we should make sure children feel supported. BBC Newsround has regular updates for younger children and YoungMinds has practical steps older children can take to help with anxiety
- Come and collect your child straight away, if we ask you to (we’ll contact you if they become ill with either a temperature or a new, continuous cough)
- Follow government advice. If anyone in a family displays symptoms then the whole household is to self-isolate for 14 days.
- Check that your child has access to the various online learning programs we currently use (Sumdog, TTRockstars etc) from home, and let us know if there are any issues (so we can make sure we’re well prepared for remote learning if the school does need to close at some point)
What happens if the school has to close?
We’ll only close if we’re either officially advised to do so or if we don’t have enough staff to run the school. In either case, we’ll:
- Alert parents to the closure, via text or email, via social media and with a post on our website.
- Let parents know when the school will be reopened via the same methods.
- Set work for pupils during the closure, initially to be sent in printed format then via email.
- Provide regular updates on our Social Media channels
Home learning packs will shortly be distributed to all classes. These are to be used in the event of self-isolation, or if the school closes.
Please keep in mind that we’re only providing this information to help the school community prepare. There are currently no plans to close.
If you have any questions
Please consult the:
- School office, if you have any questions about our response to this issue
- NHS, if you want to know more about the symptoms of coronavirus. If you think you or your child may have the symptoms, use NHS 111 online if at all possible before calling 111
- Department for Education’s coronavirus helpline: 0800 046 8687, if you have any questions about the government’s response to coronavirus in relation to schools
- Government’s travel advice, if you want to know whether any upcoming trip or holiday you’re taking abroad should go ahead
It’s a tricky time and we know you’re worried about the impact this might have on our community. It’s important we keep each other safe and talk about these events to help with any anxiety.
Thank you for your continued support.