Dear Parents and Guardians
We will be following Government advice about coronavirus and there will be putting in place a significant number of changes and precautions.
No child or staff member will be allowed in school if they are coughing continuously or have a temperature. All staff and pupils should self-isolate if they live with someone that has symptoms.
· We ask that all children enter the academy in the morning without an accompanying adult.
· Please can all parents/carers avoid entering the academy building unless absolutely necessary. We also request that wherever possible, enquiries to school are made via an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 01522 820099 rather than in person during this period. This includes communications when dropping your child off.
· All afterschool clubs and external sporting events will be cancelled until further notice
· If you are a volunteer in our academy, we thank you for your support, but please can you no longer come into the academy until further notice
· All non-essential events will be cancelled including Y3/4 production, PTA Easter Discos, Swimming and Library visits
· All assemblies will be cancelled until further notice, including Easter Service and Star of the Term.
· All unnecessary external visitors will be cancelled.
· Hand washing regimes will continue.
· Staff meetings and briefings (will be through electronic means). Staff will be asked to only meet and eat in small groups, giving due regard to personal distance.
· Classes will work in well ventilated classrooms with increased opportunity for time outside such as the Daily Mile.
· The hall will be well ventilated at lunchtimes with extra cleaning in kitchen and tables disinfected as they get them out rather than when put away. All pack ups will be eaten in classrooms to reduce the crowding in the hall. Teams will take it in turn to eat in KS2 wet areas to ensure sufficient supervision.
Home working books will be ready to go home this week with a front sheet to support the work to be done in them. There will be one book per child. If a child is self-isolating a friend can collect their book for them before they are all sent home at the point where school closures are announced.
Teachers will keep SeeSaw updated with information about the learning taking place in school, but will only be actively engaging with SeeSaw when schools are closed. (We are exploring the possibility that staff who are self-isolating but not actually ill may be able to provide support for pupils that are self-isolating. We will send further information when we have it.)
The charity day on Friday will however go ahead as it is not dissimilar to ordinary classroom based activity.
We truly appreciate your support in these difficult times. I hope that you and your family are able to remain in good health.
We have a rapidly declining number of staff, but we are doing everything we can to get us through the rest of this week. We also need to plan for the next phase, so that we are able to try to support the key workers that have been identified by the Home Office as working on the front line of this crisis.
The details are still emerging about this, but in the first instance please send an email to email@example.com if both parents are within the currently confirmed groups which are NHS / Police / Teachers / Delivery People / Social Workers / Firefighters / Care Workers / Supermarket Workers. This will help us to know if we will have the capacity to remain open.
Your children and year groups
your roles (occupation)
The number of days that you are likely to be working per week
If we do not have this information swiftly and accurately it may impact upon our capability to offer this service.
Thank you for your understanding
If your child is in school today they will bring home a homework book that contains all of the logins that they will need to be a successful home learner.
Please could you try these tonight, to ensure that they are all working and you are able to access them.
Please contact your child’s class teacher through seesaw if you have any difficulties with these logins.
Waddington All Saints Academy
Government Coronavirus action plane
The Prime Minister confirmed that the government’s response to COVID-19 remains in the Contain Phase – the first phase in the government’s coronavirus action plan.
The Coronavirus action plan was launched last week. This document sets out what we have done to tackle Coronavirus (COVID-19), and what is plans to do next, depending upon the course the current Coronavirus outbreak takes.
The action plan can be found here:
Advice from Public Health England continues to be for education and children’s social care settings to remain open, unless advised otherwise. We continually reviewing how best to support all educational settings and the impact of any measures will be considered carefully before being implemented.
Updated travel advice for travellers returning from Italy
Public Health England updated their travel advice, recommending that anyone returning from Italy should self-isolate, even if you do not have any symptoms. If you do develop symptoms, call NHS 111.
The latest travel guidance can be found here:
Further information on what you should do if you are asked to self-isolate can be found here:
The importance of hygiene
Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19, especially washing hands more; and the catch it, bin it, kill it strategy for those with coughs and sneezes.
Wash your hands more often for 20 seconds with soap and hot water
In addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, both children and staff should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.
Public Health England has a dedicated webpage with a range of posters and digital materials at:
Sign up is quick, free and means you will be alerted as more resources are made availble.
Department for Education Coronavirus helpline:
The Department for Education Coronavirus helpline is now available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows;
- Phone: 0800 046 8687
- Email: DfE.firstname.lastname@example.org
- Opening hours: 8am-6pm (Monday to Friday)
If you work in a school, please have your unique reference number (URM or UPRN) available when calling the helpline
Where to find the latest information
Updates on COVID-19:
Guidance for educational settings:
Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:
Latest Department for Education information:
Coronavirus – Advice for all early years providers, schools and further education providers
The government is closely monitoring the spread of the Coronavirus and is taking action at home and abroad.
The overall risk of Coronavirus to the UK remains moderate. However we understand that people may be concerned where there are children, students or staff returning from or visiting China.
Public Health England and the Foreign Office have issued advice for anyone travelling to the area. This can be found at:
Latest information and advice can also be found at:
Please share this advice with your staff and cascade as appropriate.
Advice for parents/guardians
You should not be unduly worried about the possibility of your children catching the Coronavirus.
There is no reason why your children should not continue to attend their early years, school or further education setting as normal.
We recognise that some families or children may be planning to travel to China during the forthcoming half term period. If so, please refer to the FCO’s latest travel advice via the link above.
What action you can take
A UK wide campaign has been launched to provide clear advice on how to slow the spread of Coronavirus.
Please help to support the campaign which promotes basic hygiene practices, such as regularly washing hands and always sneezing into a tissue, to stem the spread of viruses.
You can do this by:
Displaying this poster in relevant public spaces:
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