COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update - 18th March 2020

 

Thank you to all parents/carers who are passing on messages of gratitude to the school. It means a lot to know that our efforts are appreciated. It is also really important, especially at times like these, that we all work together to ensure the best, and safest, outcomes for our children.

 

We are in the process of updating our Emergency Management and Business Continuity Plan which covers emergency procedures including what would happen in the event of school closure. Please be assured this is emergency planning and is by no means an indication that the school will be closing. One aspect of this includes ensuring good communication is maintained between the school and home. In order to share information, we send letters, place news items on the website and, more frequently, post updates on ClassDojo which is the most instant and effective communication tool currently open to us. Could I please ask any parent or carer who has not signed up to ClassDojo to let us know and we will send home the forms.

 

On a similar note, could I please ask that all parents/carers provide the school with an email address to which letters and other communications can be sent. Parents/carers should email the school generic email address: foreland@foreland.kent.sch.uk stating the name of their child. This will assist in the sharing of information but will also help the school in reducing its carbon footprint by cutting down on the amount of paper used for newsletters, etc.  

   

At the current time our pupil and staff numbers have reduced due to the publication of the Public Health England (PHE) guidance on Social Distancing: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people/guidance-on-social-distancing-for-everyone-in-the-uk-and-protecting-older-people-and-vulnerable-adults. PHE are advising those who are at increased risk of severe illness from Coronavirus (COVID-19) to be particularly stringent in following social distancing measures.

This group includes those who are:

There are some clinical conditions which put people at even higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19. People falling into this group are those who may be at particular risk due to complex health problems such as:

 

  • people who have received an organ transplant and remain on ongoing immunosuppression medication
  • people with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy or radiotherapy
  • people with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia who are at any stage of treatment
  • people with severe chest conditions such as cystic fibrosis or severe asthma (requiring hospital admissions or courses of steroid tablets)
  • people with severe diseases of body systems, such as severe kidney disease (dialysis).

 

Following this guidance, a number of parents have chosen to socially distance their children, thereby removing them from school, due to them being classed as being at increased risk of severe illness from Coronavirus. In addition, a number of our staff, who also fall into one or more of the categories above, have also made the decision not to attend school.

 

This has obviously impacted on our staffing numbers. Whilst the reduction in pupils mirrors the staff absence, we can continue to run the school safely. Should this situation change, and we assess the risk to be too great, we may be forced to make the decision to fully or partially close the school. This is not action we want to take, and I can assure all parents/carers that we are working hard to keep the school open, however we may need to take this action should we feel it necessary for safety reasons.

 

Lastly could I please ask that any parents/carers, with whom the children reside, who work in public sector roles such as the emergency services, schools or hospitals, please let us know via email (generic account), phone call or the home liaison book.

 

Please stay safe

 

Adrian

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