17 March 2020
Dear Parents and Carers,
COVID:19 UPDATE: 17.03.20
Following recent advice, we would like to advise you that Shap Endowed CE Primary School remains open in accordance with Government guidance.
For your reference, the most common symptoms of coronavirus (Covid-19) are recent onset of:
The school is following the guidance regarding self-isolation for children and staff, updated 16.03.20:
For example, if you are in self isolation and your symptoms started on day 10, you should remain in isolation for a further 7 days (or longer if you remain unwell). So at least 17 days.
If your symptoms started on day 2, you should self-isolate for a further 7 days, so at least 9 days in total.
If any child shows these symptoms within the school day, parents will be contacted and asked to collect their children.
Steps Taken to Reduce Contact with People
Only essential visitors are in school. Sports fixtures have been postponed. After school activities such as those arranged via The Scouts Association, and Shap Youth Club have been cancelled until further notice. Adult Education and leisure activities in our hall and the ‘CDC Room’ have been cancelled. School Worship Time will be now take place in classes led by class teachers, rather than our visiting clergy and Christian groups.
We are working closely with Orian, our cleaning contractors to ensure good hygiene measures are in place. Staff and children are getting into a good routine of handwashing! We have plenty of soap and handtowels to keep up with the demand, however some children are experiencing sore hands due to the extra handwashing. Please try to encourage your children to pat rather than rub their hands to avoid discomfort, it may also be advisable to cream their hands at night and in the morning before they come to school to ease any irritation!
Dan Barton, Assistant Director for Education and Skills at Cumbria County Council, advised that this is a fast developing situation, and it is likely that the advice to schools may change over coming days and weeks, and has asked us to be prepared to respond to these changes. We are currently planning for any ‘home learning’ that may need to take place. This may take the form of activities suitable for classes advertised on the class pages of our website https://www.shap.cumbria.sch.uk/class-pages/ and differentiated work emailed to groups and individuals using secure email addresses that we are organising for our children. We ask that families currently awaiting work for your children, focus on reading, maths and work linked to your current topic until we finalise procedures for the systems described above. To help us to finalise this, please will you advise us if you have not got access to the internet, and also advise us of any changes to your contact details.
Understandably, this is causing a lot of worry and anxiety for people – children and adults alike! Please do not hesitate to contact me if you want any support – I seem to have become an expert in virology over the last few days! I am happy to discuss any of your concerns, however great or small!
Take good care!
T: 01931 716274