You will be very aware there is a great deal of information on the news and the internet about the Covid-19 virus and actions the government is taking, including the possibility of school closures.
We are following Public Health England and the Department for Education guidance on all matters to do with the virus and will act according to any requirements from the government.
The situation is rapidly changing, as you know. We are planning for a range of responses and we are working as a Trust to make sure we respond promptly as the situation changes.
We are prepared for school closure should that be directed by the government. We are also planning for a response to potential staff shortages at our school. At this time we have no immediate plans for closure at Stepeny Primary School; we will communicate clearly and directly with parents and carers if this changes, so please do not listen to or act on rumour or speculation.
The most recent advice is that children and staff should not come to school for 7 days if they have:
a new continuous cough and/or
a high temperature (fever)
Parents and carers do not need to ring NHS 111 regarding self isolating. You can take this decision for yourself. However, should you need further advice, consult NHS 111 online if needed and follow advice given there (www.111.nhs.uk)
We have thorough cleaning processes at school, including rigorous use of handwashing and sanitising. All our pupils are encouraged to wash hands frequently and thoroughly, following the approved ‘20 second’ rule.
As adults know, these are concerning and uncertain times for us all. We will do our best to keep life in school as stable as we can and we are proud of our children and staff for the way they are responding to the situation by remaining positive and hard working. Please keep checking the school website for updates.
Thank you for your ongoing support