St John Bosco Catholic Primary School

What is the school currently doing to reduce the chances of the virus getting into school?

  • We are closely monitoring the local and national picture. 
  • We are liaising closely with Sandwell Local Authority who are liaising with the Department for Education and Public Health England. 
  • We are teaching the children best hygiene practice and would encourage you to continue to discuss hygiene with your children. 
  • We have increased the cleaning on key touch points (handles, buttons, rails etc.).
  • Every classroom and communal areas are already cleaned daily. 
  • We continue to use tissues for each class to ensure these can be offered out if a child has a cold, and we are reminding children to sneeze or blow their nose into a tissue and to wash their hands – “catch it, bin it, kill it!” 
  • We are ensuring that children wash their hands thoroughly before mealtimes and when they have gone to the toilet. 
  • We are monitoring any child or staff absence and are asking about any symptoms they may have and advising accordingly. 
  • We are looking at how we can adapt any activities which have an increased potential of the spreading of virus e.g. food tasting, assemblies. 
  • We are continuing to monitor the risk of any external trips or visits.


What will the school do if there is a confirmed case in school?

  • We will immediately contact the local authority and take advice from them, Public Health England and the guidance in place at that time from the World Health Organisation. 
  • The Head of School will liaise with the Chair of Governors to discuss the advice and decide whether we feel that is sufficient. We will then make a decision as to what needs to happen. 
  • We will ensure we communicate as promptly as possible and keep parents well informed (the text system will be used to communicate).

How to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus


  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • always wash your hands when you get home or into work
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
  • try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell


  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms

Please keep your child at home for 7 days if they have either:

  • a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
  • a new, continuous cough – this means you’ve started coughing repeatedly