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UPDATE 2.4.2020

 

Our school will be completely closed from Monday 6th April until Tuesday 14th April. However, if you are a key worker and are called into work for an emergency during this week, please email office@wallsendstpeters.org.uk or call 07783 871710 and we will happily come in to care for your child/children. 

 

School will open again from Tuesday 14th April to care for the children of key workers only. Packed lunches will be available to collect from 11:30-12:30 during this week.

 

From Monday 20th April school will remain open with staff on a rota for children of key workers and any vulnerable children who need to come to school.

 

Staff will continue to put work on the Class Pages for your children but please make sure that they're also having a rest over the Easter holidays too.

UPDATE 1.4.2020

 

Last night schools received more information from the Government about Free School Meals and their plans for the voucher scheme. We are working closely with our Local Authority and following their guidance on how this may work in our schools. I will update this page when I know more exact details.

 

What we do know from the Government is that the vouchers are only for those who are entitled to benefits-related Free School Meals. Our school office have the details of these families and a text has gone out to those families today. If you are eligible for these and have not yet registered for this, please go to www.gov.uk/apply-free-school-meals. Your details will be sent to us if you are eligible under the Government's criteria.

 

The vouchers are ordered by school and parents will be issued an E-code via an email which could be printed at home or shown on a smartphone at an identified supermarket. Parents then choose which supermarket they wish to use. Currently the choice of supermarkets are Sainsbury's, Tesco, Asda, Morrisons, Waitrose and M&S as these have registered with the scheme. For this reason, please send us your personal email address to office@wallsendstpeters.org.uk so we can send it to the DfE if you wish to take part in the voucher scheme.

 

Currently pupils in Reception, Y1 and Y2 also receive free meals, known as Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM). Our understanding is that the voucher scheme will not apply to those families. If we are able to, we are hoping still be able to get packed lunches sent to school for you to collect after the holidays. I will keep you updated once I know more about this.

 

Until the voucher scheme possibly begins after the Easter holidays we are continuing to order packed lunches for all Reception, Y1, Y2 pupils and those eligible for Free School Meals. Please continue to collect these from school daily between 11:30 and 12:30. 
 

If you are a key worker and are unexpectedly called into work and your children cannot remain safely at home, please get in touch with us.

 

UPDATE 31.03.2020
 

Information has been released by the Department for Education this morning about a voucher scheme for free school meals. As a school we only find out this information at the same time that you do, so I’d appreciate your patience while this is discussed in North Tyneside schools. 
 

The DfE have announced that the vouchers can be sent for term-time only for when children should have been in school, and not for Easter holidays. I will hopefully be able to share more information about this by the end of the week.

 

in the meantime we are continuing to provide packed lunches every day for all free school meals pupils which can be collected between 11:30 and 12:30. Please let us know if you are self-isolating so we can deliver these to your home to help you. 

UPDATE 27.03.2020

I hope that you are all safe at home. The staff are missing you all very much so keep updating things on their class pages for you to do at home. We’re also putting things on our Twitter and Facebook too so keep checking. It would be great if you could tweet us some photos to share too. 

 

From Monday 30th March packed lunches can be collected from school between 11:30 and 12:30. Please get in touch if you are struggling and we'll do our best to help.

UPDATE 20.03.2020

Following the Head's meeting that I attended today I can share these updates. 

School will close today for the majority of pupils. This is in response to the national emergency that we are currently experiencing and by closing schools it will help to prevent further spread of the virus. It is vital that if at all possible, your child should stay at home. This applies even if you are a key worker or your child is vulnerable as this is the safest option for your family.

The fewer children who come into school the safer our community will be.

Our school is not providing childcare, we are opening to support critical workers who are responding to the COVID-19 virus.

Information from your employer will be requested early next week unless you can provide proof that you are required at work as part of the business continuity plan. Please provide proof by Friday next week of your requirement to attend work and that your child must come to school.

If at all possible your child should stay at home.

Thank you

UPDATE 19.03.2020

Following the Government's announcement last night, our school will be closed to MOST pupils from 3:25pm on Friday until further notice. Children of 'key workers' and vulnerable children will still be able to attend school. The list of 'key workers' will be clarified by the Government today and we will be in touch once we know the exact list.

 

If you are one of the key workers listed, please email office@wallsendstpeters.org.uk to tell us your occupation and your child/children's names and ages so that we can have some idea of which children to expect in school next week.

 

In the meantime, any child who has an EHCP and those who have access to a social worker will be in school . Further details about how all of this will work in our school will be published later once we know more from the Government.

 

We regret that only children who fall into these categories will be allowed to attend school during that time.

 

A letter will be coming home tonight from school about this and will be posted onto our 'newsletters' page for your information.

Thank you for your understanding and working with us through these uncertain times.

UPDATE: 

18.03.2020

The Department for Education has launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education.   Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687

Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk

Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

UPDATE:

OFFICIAL GOVERNMENT GUIDANCE AS OF 1PM ON MARCH 17.

 

Background and scope of guidance
This guidance is for everyone. It advises on social distancing measures we should all be taking to reduce social interaction between people in order to reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). It is intended for use in situations where people are living in their own homes, with or without additional support from friends, family and carers. If you live in a residential care setting guidance is available.


Symptoms
The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:
• new continuous cough and/or
• high temperature
For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.


Main messages
• if you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus illness (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started. (See ending isolation section below for more information)
• if you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill
• it is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community
• for anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14 day isolation period. (See ending isolation section below for more information
• if you can, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period
• if you cannot move vulnerable people out of your home, stay away from them as much as possible
• if you have coronavirus symptoms:
• do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital
• you do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home
• testing for coronavirus is not needed if you’re staying at home
• plan ahead and ask others for help to ensure that you can successfully stay at home and consider what can be done for vulnerable people in the household
• ask your employer, friends and family to help you to get the things you need to stay at home
• wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water, or use hand sanitiser
• if you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, or your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days, then use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service. If you do not have internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999


Who this guidance is for
This advice is intended for:
• people with symptoms that may be caused by coronavirus, and do not require hospital treatment, who must remain at home until they are well
• those living in households with someone who shows symptoms that may be caused by coronavirus


Things to help you prepare now
Make a plan for your household or family
The best thing you can do now is plan for how you can adapt your daily routine, and that of others in your household, to be able to follow this advice. Some of the ways in which you could prepare include:
• talk to your neighbours and family and exchange phone numbers of household contacts
• consider and plan for those in your home who are considered vulnerable
• create a contact list with phone numbers of neighbours, schools, employer, chemist, NHS 111
• set up online shopping accounts if possible


Will my household be tested if we think we have coronavirus symptoms?
Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you’re staying at home.


Why staying at home is very important
It is very important that individuals with symptoms that may be due to coronavirus and their household members stay at home. Staying at home will help control the spread of the virus to friends, the wider community, and particularly the most vulnerable.
Those with symptoms and living alone should remain at home for 7 days after the onset of their symptoms (see ending self-isolation below). This will reduce the risk of you infecting others.
If you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms that may be caused by coronavirus, then household members must stay at home and not leave your house for 14 days (see ending self-isolation below). If possible, you should not go out even to buy food or other essentials, other than exercise, and in that case at a safe distance from others. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in your house became ill.
If not possible, then you should do what you can to limit your social contact when you leave the house to get supplies.
It is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or may already be infected. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community.


Staying at home may be difficult and frustrating, but there are things that you can do to help make it easier. These include:
• plan ahead and think about what you will need in order to be able to stay at home for the full 7 or 14 days
• talk to your employer, friends and family to ask for their help to access the things you will need to make your stay at home a success
• think about and plan how you can get access to food and other supplies such as medications that you will need during this period
• ask friends or family to drop off anything you need or order supplies online, but make sure these are left outside your home for you to collect
• make sure that you keep in touch with friends and family over the phone or through social media
• think about things you can do during your time at home. People who have successfully completed a period of staying at home have kept themselves busy with activities such as cooking, reading, online learning and watching films
• many people find it helpful to plan out the full 14 days, such as on a make-shift calendar. You may also find it helpful to plan in advance what you will do if, for example, someone in the household were to feel much worse, such as have difficulties breathing
• when you are feeling better, remember that physical exercise can be good for your wellbeing. Look for online classes or courses that can help you take light exercise in your home


While you are staying at home, make sure you do the following things:
Stay at home
You and all household members should remain at home. Do not go to work, school, or public areas, and do not use public transport or taxis.
If possible, you should not go out even to buy food or other essentials, other than exercise, and in that case at a safe distance from others. The 14-day period starts from the day the first person in your house became ill.
If you require help with buying groceries, other shopping or picking up medication, or walking a dog, you will need to ask friends or relatives. Alternatively, you can order medication by phone or online. You can also order your shopping online. Make sure you tell delivery drivers to leave items outside for collection if you order online. The delivery driver should not come into your home.


If you are an employee and unable to work due to coronavirus, please refer to the guidance from the Department for Work and Pensions to find out about the support that is available to you.


If you are living with children
Keep following this advice to the best of your ability, however, we are aware that not all these measures will be possible.
What we have seen so far is that children with coronavirus appear to be less severely affected. It is nevertheless important to do your best to follow this guidance.


If you have a vulnerable person living with you
Minimise as much as possible the time any vulnerable family members spend in shared spaces such as kitchens, bathrooms and sitting areas, and keep shared spaces well ventilated.
Aim to keep 2 metres (3 steps) away from vulnerable people you live with and encourage them to sleep in a different bed where possible. If they can, they should use a separate bathroom from the rest of the household. Make sure they use separate towels from the other people in your house, both for drying themselves after bathing or showering and for hand-hygiene purposes.


If you do share a toilet and bathroom with a vulnerable person, it is important that you clean them every time you use them (for example, wiping surfaces you have come into contact with). Another tip is to consider drawing up a rota for bathing, with the vulnerable person using the facilities first.


If you share a kitchen with a vulnerable person, avoid using it while they are present. If they can, they should take their meals back to their room to eat. If you have one, use a dishwasher to clean and dry the family’s used crockery and cutlery. If this is not possible, wash them using your usual washing up liquid and warm water and dry them thoroughly. If the vulnerable person is using their own utensils, remember to use a separate tea towel for drying these.


We understand that it will be difficult for some people to separate themselves from others at home. You should do your very best to follow this guidance and everyone in your household should regularly wash their hands, avoid touching their face, and clean frequently touched surfaces.


If you are breastfeeding while infected
There is currently no evidence to suggest that the virus can be transmitted through breast milk. Infection can be spread to the baby in the same way as to anyone in close contact with you. The current evidence is that children with coronavirus get much less severe symptoms than adults. The benefits of breastfeeding outweigh any potential risks of transmission of the virus through breast milk or by being in close contact; however, this will be an individual decision and can be discussed with your midwife, health visitor or GP by telephone.
If you or a family member are feeding with formula or expressed milk, you should sterilise the equipment carefully before each use. You should not share bottles or a breast pump with someone else.
You can find more information at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists website.


Cleaning and disposal of waste
When cleaning you should use your usual household products, like detergents and bleach, as these will be very effective at getting rid of the virus on surfaces. Clean frequently touched surfaces such as door handles, handrails, remote controls and table tops. This is particularly important if you have an older or vulnerable person in the house.


Personal waste (such as used tissues) and disposable cleaning cloths can be stored securely within disposable rubbish bags. These bags should be placed into another bag, tied securely and kept separate from other waste. This should be put aside for at least 72 hours before being put in your usual external household waste bin.
Other household waste can be disposed of as normal.


Laundry
To minimise the possibility of dispersing virus through the air, do not shake dirty laundry.
Wash items as appropriate in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. All dirty laundry can be washed in the same load.
If you do not have a washing machine, wait a further 72 hours after your 7-day (for individual isolation) or 14-day isolation period (for households) has ended when you can then take the laundry to a public launderette.


What you can do to help yourself get better
Drink water to keep yourself hydrated; you should drink enough during the day so your urine (pee) is a pale clear colour. You can use over-the-counter medications, such as paracetamol, to help with some of your symptoms. Use these according to the instructions on the packet or label and do not exceed the recommended dose.


If you or your family need to seek medical advice
Seek prompt medical attention if your illness or the illness in any household members is worsening. If it’s not an emergency, contact NHS 111 online at 111.nhs.uk. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. If it is an emergency and you need to call an ambulance, dial 999 and inform the call handler or operator that you or your relative have coronavirus symptoms.


All routine medical and dental appointments should usually be cancelled whilst you and the family are staying at home. If you are concerned or have been asked to attend in person within the period you are home isolating, discuss this with your medical contact first (for example, your GP, local hospital or outpatient service), using the number they have provided. If your concerns are related to your coronavirus symptoms contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111.


Wash your hands often
Clean your hands frequently each day by washing with soap and water for 20 seconds or using hand sanitiser. This will help protect you and the people you live with. This step is one of the most effective ways of reducing the risk of passing infection to others.


Cover your coughs and sneezes
Cover your mouth and nose with disposable tissues when you cough or sneeze. If you do not have one to hand, sneeze into the crook of your elbow, not into your hand.


If you have a carer, they should use disposable tissues to wipe away any mucus or phlegm after you have sneezed or coughed. Then they should wash their hands with soap and water.
Dispose of tissues into a disposable rubbish bag and immediately wash your hands with soap and water or use a hand sanitiser.


Facemasks
We do not recommend the use of facemasks as an effective means of preventing the spread of infection. Facemasks play an important role in clinical settings, such as hospitals, but there’s very little evidence of benefit from their use outside of these settings.


Do not have visitors in your home
Do not invite or allow social visitors, such as other friends and family, to enter your home. If you want to speak to someone who is not a member of your household, use the phone or social media.
If you or a family member receive essential care in your home, then carers should continue to visit. Carers will be provided with facemasks and gloves to reduce the risk of you passing on the infection.


If you have pets in the household
At present, there is no evidence that companion animals/pets such as dogs and cats can be infected with coronavirus.


Looking after your wellbeing whilst staying at home
We know that staying at home for a prolonged period can be difficult, frustrating and lonely for some people and that you or other household members may feel low. It can be particularly challenging if you don’t have much space or access to a garden.
It’s important to remember to take care of your mind as well as your body and to get support if you need it. Stay in touch with family and friends over the phone or on social media. There are also sources of support and information that can help, such as the Every Mind Matters website.
Think about things you can do during your time at home. People who have not minded staying at home for a week have kept themselves busy with activities such as cooking, reading, online learning and watching films. If you feel well enough you can take part in light exercise within your home or garden.
Many people find it helpful to remind themselves why what they are doing is so important. Hopefully, none of your family will suffer more than flu-like symptoms. But some people are badly affected by coronavirus, and particularly the elderly and those with certain medical conditions. By staying home, you are protecting the lives of others, as well as making sure the NHS does not get overwhelmed.


Ending self-isolation and household-isolation
If you have been symptomatic, then you may end your self-isolation after 7 days. The 7-day period starts from the day when you first became ill
If living with others, then all household members who remain well may end household-isolation after 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day illness began in the first person to become ill. Fourteen days is the incubation period for coronavirus; people who remain well after 14 days are unlikely to be infectious.
After 7 days, if the first person to become ill feels better and no longer has a high temperature, they can return to their normal routine. If any other family members become unwell during the 14-day household-isolation period, they should follow the same advice - i.e. after 7 days of their symptoms starting, if they feel better and no longer have a high temperature, they can also return to their normal routine.
Should a household member develop coronavirus symptoms late in the 14-day household-isolation period (eg on day 13 or day 14) the isolation period does not need to be extended, but the person with the new symptoms has to stay at home for 7 days. The 14-day household-isolation period will have greatly reduced the overall amount of infection the rest of the household could pass on, and it is not necessary to re-start 14 days of isolation for the whole household. This will have
provided a high level of community protection. Further isolation of members of this household will provide very little additional community protection.
At the end of the 14-day period, any family member who has not become unwell can leave household isolation.
If any ill person in the household has not had any signs of improvement and have not already sought medical advice, they should contact NHS 111 online. If your home has no internet access, you should call NHS 111.
The cough may persist for several weeks in some people, despite the coronavirus infection having cleared. A persistent cough alone does not mean someone must continue to self-isolate for more than 7 days.

 


Those who are at increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) are advised to be particularly stringent in following social distancing measures.
This group includes those who are:
• aged 70 or older (regardless of medical conditions)
• under 70 with an underlying health condition listed below (ie anyone instructed to get a flu jab as an adult each year on medical grounds):
o chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis
o chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
o chronic kidney disease
o chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
o chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), a learning disability or cerebral palsy
o diabetes
o problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed
o a weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or medicines such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy
o being seriously overweight (a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or above)
• those who are pregnant


Note: there are some clinical conditions which put people at even higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19. If you are in this category, next week the NHS in England will directly contact you with advice the more stringent measures you should take in order to keep yourself and others safe. For now, you should rigorously follow the social distancing advice in full, outlined below.
• People falling into this group are those who may be at particular risk due to complex health problems such as:
• people who have received an organ transplant and remain on ongoing immunosuppression medication
• people with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy or radiotherapy
• people with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia who are at any stage of treatment
• people with severe chest conditions such as cystic fibrosis or severe asthma (requiring hospital admissions or courses of steroid tablets)
• people with severe diseases of body systems, such as severe kidney disease (dialysis)


What is social distancing?
Social distancing measures are steps you can take to reduce the social interaction between people. This will help reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).
They are:
1. Avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough;
2. Avoid non-essential use of public transport, varying your travel times to avoid rush hour, when possible; 3.Work from home, where possible. Your employer should support you to do this. Please refer to employer guidance for more information;
3. Avoid large gatherings, and gatherings in smaller public spaces such as pubs, cinemas, restaurants, theatres, bars, clubs
4. Avoid gatherings with friends and family. Keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media.
5. Use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services.

 

Everyone should be trying to follow these measures as much as is pragmatic.
For those who are over 70, have an underlying health condition or are pregnant, we strongly advise you to follow the above measures as much as you can, and to significantly limit your face-to-face interaction with friends and family if possible.
This advice is likely to be in place for some weeks.

 

Handwashing and respiratory hygiene
There are general principles you can follow to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
• washing your hands more often - with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use a hand sanitiser when you get home or into work, when you blow your nose, sneeze or cough, eat or handle food
• avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
• avoid close contact with people who have symptoms
• cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin and wash your hands
• clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home

 

What should you do if you develop symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19)?
The same guidance applies to the general population and those at increased risk of severe illness form coronavirus (COVID-19). If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 (high temperature and/or new and continuous cough), self-isolate at home for 7 days.


How can I get assistance with foods and medicines if I am reducing my social contacts?
Ask family, friends and neighbours to support you and use online services. If this is not possible, then the public sector, business, charities, and the general public are gearing up to help those advised to stay at home. It is important to speak to others and ask them to help you to make arrangements for the delivery of food, medicines and essential services and supplies, and look after your physical and mental health and wellbeing.


If you receive support from health and social care organisations, for example if you have care provided for you through the local authority or health care system, this will continue as normal. Your health or social care provider will be asked to take additional precautions to make sure that you are protected. The advice for formal carers is included in the Home care provision.


What should you do if you have hospital and GP appointments during this period?
We advise everyone to access medical assistance remotely, wherever possible. However, if you have a scheduled hospital or other medical appointment during this period, talk to your GP or clinician to ensure you continue to receive the care you need and consider whether appointments can be postponed.


What is the advice for visitors including those who are providing care for you?
You should contact your regular social visitors such as friends and family to let them know that you are reducing social contacts and that they should not visit you during this time unless they are providing essential care for you. Essential care includes things like help with washing, dressing, or preparing meals.


If you receive regular health or social care from an organisation, either through your local authority or paid for by yourself, inform your care providers that you are reducing social contacts and agree on a plan for continuing your care.
If you receive essential care from friends or family members, speak to your carers about extra precautions they can take to keep you safe. 


It is also a good idea to speak to your carers about what happens if one of them becomes unwell. If you need help with care but you’re not sure who to contact, or if you do not have family or friends who can help you, you can contact your local council who should be able to help you.


What is the advice if I live with a vulnerable person?
If you live in a house with a vulnerable person refer to the household guidance on the Gov.uk website.


How do you look after your mental wellbeing?
Understandably, you may find that social distancing can be boring or frustrating. You may find your mood and feelings are affected and you may feel low, worried or have problems sleeping and you might miss being outside with other people.
At times like these, it can be easy to fall into unhealthy patterns of behaviour which in turn can make you feel worse. There are simple things you can do that may help, to stay mentally and physically active during this time such as:
• look for ideas of exercises you can do at home on the NHS website
• spend time doing things you enjoy – this might include reading, cooking, other indoor hobbies or listening to the radio or watching TV programmes
• try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, drink enough water, exercise regularly, and try to avoid smoking, alcohol and drugs
• keep your windows open to let in fresh air, get some natural sunlight if you can, or get outside into the garden.


You can also go for a walk outdoors if you stay more than 2 metres from others.
Further information on looking after your mental health during this time is available.


What steps can you take to stay connected with family and friends during this time?
Draw on support you might have through your friends, family and other networks during this time. Try to stay in touch with those around you over the phone, by post, or online. Let people know how you would like to stay in touch and build that into your routine. This is also important in looking after your mental wellbeing and you may find it helpful to talk to them about how you are feeling.
Remember it is OK to share your concerns with others you trust and in doing so you may end up providing support to them too. Or you can use a NHS recommended helpline.


Advice for informal carers
If you are caring for someone who is vulnerable, there are some simple steps that you can take to protect them and to reduce their risk at the current time.
Ensure you follow advice on good hygiene such as:
• wash your hands on arrival and often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser
• 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
• do not visit if you are unwell and make alternative arrangements for their care
• provide information on who they should call if they feel unwell, how to use NHS 111 online coronavirus service and leave the number for NHS 111 prominently displayed
• find out about different sources of support that could be used and access further advice on creating a contingency plan is available from Carers UK
• look after your own well-being and physical health during this time. Further information on this is available on Gov.uk.


 

UPDATE:

16.03.2020 - Latest updates from the Government is that if anyone in the household has a high temperature or a new continuous cough then the whole family have to stay at home for 14 days and self-isolate. If your child has to be absent from school please inform us as normal. Any children who develop a high temperature or new cough while at school will be sent home and advised to follow the latest Government advice.

Self-isolation means staying in your home and not having any face-to-face social contact with anyone else during these 14 days.

At a meeting I attended with Public Health today they stated that for most people the COVID-19 virus will have only mild symptoms and will fully recover. 

Schools have been directed today to remain open for now and to have plans in place to cover staff who may have to also self-isolate. I have a plan in place if this was to occur at our school so that your child still continues with their learning. Please be flexible with us as we try to comply with instructions from Public Health England and the Department for Education. Staff have worked hard to prepare work for your children should anyone be absent from school so that your child is not losing out. These packs can also be sent home if your child is self-isolating and we will also updates links to activities on the Class Pages section of this website.

Please be in touch if you wish to discuss any of this. Thank you for your continuing support during these unprecedented times.

 

 

UPDATE:

16.03.2020 - The SPRING SING event at Whitley Bay Playhouse on Monday 16th March has been CANCELLED. If you purchased tickets, please return them to our school office and they will refund you the money. Thank you.

As we are sure you are aware, the coronavirus is widely being discussed and reported in the press and social media. The government is closely monitoring the spread of the coronavirus and is taking action at home and abroad. At school, we receive daily updates from the Department for Education and Public Health England with advice on keeping our pupils, families and community safe.

 

Here at Wallsend St Peter's C of E Primary we are monitoring the situation very closely, taking all advice and following suggested actions. Remember that regularly washing hands with soap and water is still the best way to prevent catching the virus. If you develop a cough or sneeze, catch it in a tissue and put it in the bin.

 

CBBC Newsround have produced an excellent video about why coronavirus might not be as scary as you think. We watched this in assembly and have learned how to wash our hands properly. The link to this video with excellent information is:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/51342366

 

The Department for Education has set up a helpline offering advice for anyone with education-related questions (including parents) from early years up to universities: 0800 046 8687. The helpline is in operation Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm. You can also call NHS 111 for further advice.

 

Please follow this link to updated advice:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/869250/Coronavirus_advice_for_educational_settings_poster.pdf

 

 

Current advice to schools, from the DFE and Public Health, is for adults and children to wash hands with soap and water or hand sanitiser at these times:

- before leaving home

- on arrival at school

- after using the toilet

- after breaks and sporting activities

- before food preparation

- before eating any food including snacks

- before leaving school

Children and adults should take at least 20 seconds to wash their hands (singing 'Happy Birthday' twice can help to time it). 

 

There is also general information for the public on this website:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public 

 

Advice for schools at this time is there is no need to close unless directed to do so by Public Health England.  

 

If we are directed to close by Public Health England, information will be sent out to all parents and carers. There will also be information on the Class Pages in our Children's section on this website for work set for your children to complete at home. Your child may also bring home some work to do if medical advisers suggest them to self-isolate. Please keep checking this page for more updates. Thank you.

 

 

 

 

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