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We will continue to update information relating to the Coronavirus as and when its available.
Wednesday 18th March
Following this evening's Prime Minister announcement regarding school closures, we are seeking further advice and guidance about what this means for the pupils at Brackenfield. We understand this is an anxious time for all our families and will be in touch over the next 2 days with more information. Additional to this-school will be closed on a Friday 20th March to all students due to inadequate staffing levels as a result of self isolation.
Tuesday 17th March 2020
Dear Parents / Carers,
This letter is to give you information about the coronavirus outbreak and what steps Brackenfield school are taking.
We are continually checking the latest guidance and information from the Department for Education (DfE), Public Health England (PHE) and the local authority / government. The most common symptoms of coronavirus are:
• new continuous cough and/or
• high temperature
If your child develops either of these symptoms, please do not send them into school for 7 days. If anyone in your household develops symptoms all members of the household must self-isolate for 14 days, so do not send your child into school. If another member of your household develops symptoms whilst self-isolating, they must self-isolate for 7 days from when the symptoms start.
To help stop the spread of the virus the following advice has been issued:
• ‘Catch it, bin it, kill it’ - use tissues when coughing and sneezing then put these in the bin.
• Wash hands regularly for at least 20 seconds
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
Increased risk of severe illness: There are some people who are at increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus. These people need to be strict about social distancing. This includes people who are:
• aged 70 or older (regardless of medical conditions)
• under 70 with an underlying health condition listed below o chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis
chronic heart disease, such as heart failure o chronic kidney disease
chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS)
problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed
a weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or medicines such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy
being seriously overweight (a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or above)
• those who are pregnant If your child falls into any of these categories, you may decide not to send them to school. If you decide to do this their absence will be authorised and we will support you by sending work home where appropriate.
Social Distancing: Brackenfield will also be taking the following steps until further notice:
• All visits into school have been cancelled (except where these are essential such as medical interventions)
• All annual reviews will be conducted by telephone and / or skype
• School swimming and other school trips will not be taking place • A decision about Lea Green residential in June will be made nearer the time
We understand that this is a worrying time for you and your families. We are here to support in anyway that we can. We have set up a dedicated email: firstname.lastname@example.org if you need more help or information. If you do not have access to email you can ring us on 0115 9733710. We also given the links to guidance at the bottom of this letter. Please inform of us pupil absence by either email or telephone.
Please be assured that we are taking all necessary measures to safeguard the staff and pupils and ensure the effective running of the school. We will keep you updated when we have more information.