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Re: Coronavirus Update - School Closure Arrangements
RE: Coronavirus Update – School Closure Arrangements
Following the broadcast made by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on 23rd March, all UK citizens are instructed to stay at home, to protect the NHS during the coronavirus pandemic.
People are now only allowed to leave their home for the following very limited purposes:
shopping for basic necessities, as infrequently as possible
one form of exercise a day - for example a run, walk, or cycle - alone or with members of your household;
any medical need, to provide care or to help a vulnerable person; and
travelling to and from work, but only where this is absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home.
Firstly, I would like to thank all of you for your support during these difficult and uncertain times. I know that you will all be worried about the future and what it may hold for your family. The national picture has been changing very rapidly and I thank you for your patience as we plan for how school will operate from next week.
Wherever possible social distancing should now be in place for your families. While the risk remains lower for children, they can still become ill and can carry the virus to other vulnerable people including school staff.
The government guidance published yesterday states first and foremost that if it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be. Schools are being asked to continue to provide care for a limited number of children with EHCPs and children whose parents are critical to the COVID19 response and who cannot be safely cared for at home.
In line with this guidance we are making arrangements for an alternative timetable to be available to the pupils who cannot be looked after elsewhere. Please remember, schools have been closed to stop the spread of the virus; therefore any pupil who can be safely cared for at home should stay at home.
All pupils will receive work packs so that they can continue their learning at home. To support you during this period, Twinkl is offering parent/carers in the United Kingdom access to all Twinkl resources with a One Month Ultimate Membership, totally free of charge. This is so pupils can still have access to high-quality learning during any periods of disruption.
Setting this up is really easy to do - go to and enter the code UKTWINKLHELPS
Our School Social Workers will be available for email contact if you need any advice or support. Where other agencies are involved they will be continuing to work closely with them to ensure pupils are supported and safeguarded.
Jen Simpson (Jen.Simpson@lakeside-school.co.uk)
Shannon Tremaine (Shannon.Tremaine@lakeside-school.co.uk)
Finally, just a reminder of the NHS guidance:-
Stay at home if you have either:-
a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not neeto measure your temperature)
a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do.
How long to stay at home:-
if you have symptoms of coronavirus, you'll need to stay at home for 7 days
if you live with someone who has symptoms, you'll need to stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person in the home started having symptoms
If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days. If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.
We are currently waiting for further advice regarding vouchers for pupils who qualify for free school meals. This may take a little while to set up and so in the meantime we would ask parents or carers to email with their name and the details of their local supermarket so that we can arrange for a voucher to be sent home to cover your son’s lunch.
I hope the above will help to answer your immediate questions. We ask that you continue to check our website for updates, as plans may change if the advice from the Government changes. Thank you for your continued support in these difficult times. We hope you stay safe and well.