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Coronavirus (COVID-19): implementing social distancing in education and childcare settings

26 March 2020 (by Shaun Hopwell (adminhead))

We have received updated guidance on implementing social distancing in school.

Dear Parents,
We have received updated guidance on implementing social distancing in school. I wish to reassure you we are following this guidance carefully. Specifically we have:

told children, parents, carers or any visitors, such as suppliers, not to visit the education or childcare setting if they are displaying any symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19)
considered how children arrive at school and reduced any unnecessary travel on coaches, buses or public transport
ensured class sizes reflect the numbers of teaching staff available and are kept as small as possible (currently approximately 10 children per day are attending the school)
reduced large groups of children gathering
discouraged parents from gathering at school gates
ensured all staff and children wash their hands with soap and water for 20 seconds frequently, and are encouraged not to touch their face, while using a tissue or elbow to cough or sneeze and using bins for tissue waste. If children have trouble washing their hands, we ensure help is available
increased cleaning of surfaces in classrooms, including desks and handles, and within toilet blocks and changing rooms, adhering to guidance on cleaning of non-healthcare settings
We are trying to follow the social distancing guidelines as best as possible whilst recognising the governments advice:

Social distancing within education and childcare settings with very young children will be harder to maintain. Staff should implement the above measures as far as they are able, whilst ensuring children are kept safe and well cared for within their settings.

The government recommend parents can do the following:
Talk to their children about coronavirus (COVID-19), social distancing and hand washing.
Follow guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection.
Do not gather at entrances or in playgrounds, and model social distancing so that their children learn good practice.

The full guidance can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-implementing-social-distancing-in-education-and-childcare-settings/coronavirus-covid-19-implementing-social-distancing-in-education-and-childcare-settings

Thank you for your on going support.
Kind regards

Mr Hopwell