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.
- Reducing the number of people who enter the school building.
- Monitoring the risk of any upcoming events or trips and making decisions for each one individually.
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).