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’re getting in touch 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 Hornbeam Primary we’re taking all of the necessary steps to protect our community and are continuing to follow official guidance from the government and Kent County Council.
What’s the current situation?
- THE SCHOOL IS OPEN TO KEY WORKERS CHILDREN WHO CANNOT MAKE ALTERNATIVE ARRANGEMENTS. – this is the current official guidance we’ve been given.
- WE WILL BE PROVIDING CHIDCARE AND NOT FULL EDUCATION IN ORDER TO ENSURE THAT ALL CHILDREN ARE TREATED WITH EQUITY. Time for home learning tasks will be provide during school hours.
- if your child has any of the following symptoms they and the whole family in residence should remain at home for 14 days:
- a new, continuous cough and/or
- a temperature
- If your child is unwell, report this as you would normally by telephoning the School Office
- Currently any trips and outdoor activities will continue as normal unless we cannot support staff/ pupil ratios.
- We’ll keep you up to date with any changes to the current situation via the school website and Hornbeam App
What we’re doing to protect and support pupils and staff
- If s child falls ill on the premises we will immediately notify parents/carers to collect via a telephone call
- Our school has a robust cleaning schedule with school-employed cleaners. This involves two hours in the morning and 2 hours after school with two members of staff undertaking cleaning duties.
- Children are verbally encouraged to wash their hands at guided times such as after using the toilet and before eating.
What we need you to do
- If you’ve recently changed your contact details, please inform the school office as soon as possible via telephone or email.
- 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)
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
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.
Mrs Rose Cope
Please find hyperlinks and websites where you can support your child's home learning should the school be directed to close.