COVID-19 Coronavirus Update 17th March 2020
We fully understand how scared and concerned many parents are in the present climate and want to reassure you that your child’s health and safety is our top priority.
New Government advice states:
- Avoid all non-essential travel/contact
- If one person in any household has a persistent fever (37.8+) or persistent cough, EVERYONE living in the household must self-isolate for 14 days
- At risk groups (elderly over 70, adults who would normally be advised to have the flu vaccine and pregnant women) are advised to take particular care to minimise their social contact
- Schools will stay open (for the moment)
What does this mean for life at Vigo?
- Classes may be merged and different adults may be in your child’s class
- Children may also not be doing their usual learning and there may at time be more of an emphasis on keeping school open than on teaching individual subjects
- With immediate affect all face-to-face meetings are cancelled and where possible will be re-arranged to be held over the phone,
- We ask that only one person (where possible) drops off and collects pupils,
- We advise that parents stand apart from each other while awaiting to drop off and collect their children,
- We ask parents to avoid any close contact with staff at the classroom door for drop off and pick up, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or write any messages in your child’s home/school book,
- All After School clubs run by the school have been cancelled until further notice
- School trips scheduled before Easter have been postponed
- We ask that parents support us and adhere to the new government advice of whole household 14 day isolation where coronavirus symptoms are present,
- Work will be available on the school website for self-isolating pupils
As a community service, anyone who wishes to make a donation to the local Andover food bank to support families who need an emergency isolation food package, please send goods with your child and we will ensure it is delivered.
We are continuing to take every opportunity to remind the children about good personal hygiene and are encouraging all our pupils to wash their hands regularly and at various key points during the school day as previously explained.
Staff have been signposted to various resources to use to in lesson time to discuss the current situation. If your child is worried please let your child’s teacher know and we can send information home or try and reassure them in school.
These are unprecedented times and although children are seen as a ‘low-risk’ group we know everyone in our school family will be impacted in some way by this ever-changing situation. In times like this please be kind to each other, do not make assumptions or spread rumours and follow all the guidance available to ‘do your bit’ for everyone in the community.