Coronavirus update - 1st April March 2020

 

Letters from Denewood and Unity Academies and the Raleigh Learning Trust

Letter from NCC to parents about key workers, vulnerable children and school places - 26th March

Letter about Free School Meals arrangements - Tuesday 24th March

Letter regarding school closure and work packs - Friday 20th March

Latest letter regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) and school - Thursday 19th March

Letter from Raleigh Learning Trust regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Wednesday 18th March

 

From Nottingham City Council

Nottingham City Coronavirus information

 

 

On 31st March the government announced they were setting up a national scheme for children in receipt of Free School Meals. From Monday April 20th we will be utilising this scheme to distribute vouchers. This scheme is new and school won't have access until Thursday 2nd April so please bear with us while we find the best way to get these vouchers to you for Monday 20th April.

Click here for the current guidance and Frequently Asked Questions about Free School Meals 

 

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On Thursday 18th March 2020, the Government announced all schools in England will close except for children of key workers and vulnerable children from Monday 23rd March.

 

Key workers

Parents should keep their children at home, wherever possible and that they’ve asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.

 

Do you fall into one of the categories below? If so, please call 0115 915 1271 or email school to tell us

  • Health and social care
    • Doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, frontline health and social care staff including volunteers or work in the supply chain, including producers and distributors of medicines and medical equipment

 

  • Key public services
    • Justice system, religious staff, charity workers, anyone responsible for the management of the deceased, journalists, broadcasters

 

  • Local an national government
    • Anyone working in administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the COVID-19 response or those working in the payment of benefits

 

  • Food and other necessary good
    • Food production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery

 

  • Public safety and national security
    • Police including support staff, MoD civilians, contractor and armed forces personnel, fire and rescue employees, National Crime Agency staff, boarder security, prison and probation staff and other national security roles, including those overseas

 

  • Transport
    • Those who keep air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the COVID-19 response, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass

 

  • Utilities, communications and financial services
    • Staff needed for essential financial services provision, including those working in banks, building societies and financial markets, the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors, including sewerage, IT and data infrastructure, civil nuclear, chemicals and telecommunications, including call centre staff, network operations, 999 and 111 critical services, postal services and delivery, payment providers and waster disposal sectors

 

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Examinations

It was also confirmed on Thursday 18th March 2020 that we will not go ahead with assessments or exams. The Government will inform us tomorrow giving clarity and the arrangements of what will happen instead.

 

Self-isolation

On Monday 16th March 2020, the Government introduced new guidance on whole household isolation in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak:

  • 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

 

  • if you live with others and you are the first in the household to have symptoms of coronavirus, then you must stay at home for 7 days, but all other household members who remain well 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. See the explanatory diagram

 

  • for anyone else 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

 

  • 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

 

  • 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

The symptoms are:

  • A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)
  • A new, continuous cough

The full stay at home guidance for households with these symptoms can be found here:

 

 

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Denewood and Unity Academies are updated and responding to daily advice provided by the government. If you are concerned or worried about you or your child's health, contact the school so we can listen and provide advice.

  

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.

 

  • Pupils staff are reminded to regularly wash their hands – at least for 20 seconds, using soap and warm water. Tip: sing happy birthday twice as this lasts about 20 seconds
  • Hand wash before eating food, after coughing and sneezing and after visiting the bathroom or travelling on public transport
  • Do not touch the face with unwashed hands, especially eyes, nose and mouth
  • Pupils and staff are to use their own drinking bottles or disposable cups for drinking
  • Pupils will be reminded about staying healthy and to use simple tips about their self-care
  • Cleaners have been told to take extra time around door handles and surfaces

How to catch a cough or sneeze? 

  1. Everyone should cough and sneeze into tissues or sleeve (see picture below)
  2. Bin the tissue straight away
  3. Wash your hands immediately

 

 

Follow NHS advice on how to wash your hands properly: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGJNspLRdrc

 

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 Department for Education coronavirus helpline

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is 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.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk

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

 

Self-isolating

Further information on what you should do if you are asked to self-isolate can be found here: https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/02/20/what-is-self-isolation-and-why-is-it-important/

 

Travel advice

Latest travel advice can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus

 

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Where to find the latest information

Updates on Covid-19

Guidance for educational settings

Travel advice for those travelling or living overseas

Educational resources

Latest DfE information