The purpose of this webpage is to store relevant information for parents about the Coronavirus COVID-19 and the impact it is having in school. It is intended to be a useful reference point for accurate information and guidance.
The school is now closed to pupils. There are a few children whose parents' work has been deemed critical to the national efforts in battling coronavirus and these children have been given access to childcare offered by school during the next two weeks. We are not open over the Easter holidays at the moment. This may change.
For all other children staying at home is the safest place they can be. Teachers prepared some quarantine projects that were sent home with the children on Tuesday 17 March. The teachers and I do hope that the children complete these projects whilst school is closed. We have made great efforts to ensure that the work is accessible and can be completed either with or without access to technology.
We are all now being asked to stay at home and work from home to slow the spread of Covid-19. All non-essential businesses are closed too. Everyone is restricted to essential movements for food shopping, daily limited exercise, emergency/medical care for others in our families and travelling to critical jobs ONLY.
The Chancellor’s rescue economy package, announced on Friday 20 March, means that most businesses should be able to furlough staff and pay them 80% of their wages, claiming this money back from the government by the end of April. In this way businesses should not have to make staff redundant and parents can stay at home, looking after their children, allowing only critical workers and vulnerable families to access the emergency provision in schools.
The school website already has a blogging platform in place and the Video Sharing Platform (both available from the Pupil menu on the website). We will use the school website to host digital copies of quarantine projects (on this page) and some teachers may use the blogging site to converse with pupils, supporting learning at home. We are currently discussing this home learning with teachers.
Since the school website and all the resources it gives us will be very important if school closes then please make sure you have saved the address somewhere on your phone/computer/tablet www.sjcwhitnash.co.uk for easy access.
To support the delay of the spread of the virus, the Department for Health and Social Care has asked anyone who shows certain symptoms to stay at home ISOLATED for 14 days. This means people should stay at home and avoid all contact with others for 14 days from the point of displaying mild symptoms, to slow the spread of infection. This now affects the entire household not just the people showing symptoms. So regardless of whether other people in the household are showing symptoms, whole households should now put themselves in quarantine for the full 14 days.
The symptoms are:
Kids Club bookings during the quarantine closures will be refunded or removed from upcoming invoices.
The Department for Education (DfE) has launched a helpline for parents and schools to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education.
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am - 6pm Monday to Friday
If you want to ask any questions about coronavirus, trips and plans for school closures then you can contact the school office using the form below. We will respond as soon as possible.