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Coronavirus Update 16th March 2020

Coronavirus Developments
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 Pelham and Normandy Primary Schools we’re taking all of the necessary steps to protect our community and are continuing to follow official guidance from the government.

What’s the current situation?
> The schools remains open – this is the current official guidance we’ve been given
> You will be informed of any planned changes to school activities that may affect you
> Pupils should attend unless they feel unwell – if your child has any of the following symptoms they should remain at home for 7 days:
o a new, continuous cough and/or
o a temperature
> If your child is unwell, report this to the school as you would normally. Please note that evidence suggests that for 80% of people with COVID-19 will experience mild flu-like symptoms.
> You will be notified accordingly if planned trips are going ahead or will be cancelled
> We’ll keep you up to date with any changes to the current situation

What we’re doing to protect and support pupils and staff

> If children feel unwell whilst in school we will follow our usual procedures
> Our cleaning schedule is implemented as usual
> Enforcing hand-washing
> Lessons or assemblies for pupils about hygiene


What we need you to do
> If you’ve recently changed your contact details, please inform the school office as soon as possible
> 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)

What happens if the school has to close?
We’ll only close if we’re either officially advised to do so or we don’t have enough staff to run the school.
In either case, we’ll:

> Alert parents to closure via parentmail and on the school website
> Alert parents to details about reopening via parentmail and the school website
> Explain how we plan to set work for pupils during closure – this might include plans for both short-term and long-term closure.


There are currently no plans to close.

If you have any questions
Please consult the:
> 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
> Government’s travel advice, if you want to know whether any upcoming trip or holiday you’re taking abroad should go ahead
> National sources of advice should be used, as detailed below:

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Fairford Academy Barnehurst,

Fairford Avenue, Bexleyheath, DA7 6QP

Telephone: 01322 333 998 Email: