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Dear Parents and Carers
In the light of recent government announcements related to the coronavirus outbreak, we are writing to you to bring you up to date with how this is affecting us at William Ford.
The main symptoms of the coronavirus are a new continuous cough and a high temperature.
If nobody in your household is showing these symptoms, your child should attend school as usual. Unless we are instructed by the government to close the school, we will aim to keep William Ford open.
Yesterday the Prime Minister announced new measures that apply to all of us in relation to the virus. You can read about these measures at:
If anyone who lives in your household develops a new continuous cough or a high temperature, the government has stated that 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. If you are keeping your child off school because they have one or both of the symptoms, or because someone else in your household has one or both of the symptoms, please let us know at school on the first day of their absence. They must then be kept off school for 14 days. We will not allow them to return to school until the 14 day period has elapsed.
If your child develops either of these symptoms at school, we will telephone you and ask you to collect them from school as soon as possible. Your child must then be kept off school for 14 days. If you have another child at William Ford, or a child at Village Infants, you will be asked to take them home too and to keep them at home for the same period of time. Any child developing symptoms at school will be asked to wait in a designated isolation room until you collect them.
If a member of your household develops symptoms during their period of isolation at home, they must stay off school for 7 days after the symptoms first appear. This means, for example, that a child may be at home because their sibling developed symptoms but who does not develop symptoms until the twelfth day of their isolation. They would have to stay at home for a further 7 days meaning that their total isolation period would be 19 days. If you require any advice about how long to isolate your child for, please call us at school and we will discuss it with you.
These are unprecedented times, and we must all do everything in our power to protect those members of our community (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) who are most vulnerable to the virus. This will inevitably cause great inconvenience to some of our families, but please be aware that we are following government guidelines closely.
In the meantime, for the vast majority of pupils who are able to continue to attend school, please be assured that we are being extra vigilant in the way that we clean the school premises and encourage pupils and staff to maintain the highest levels of hygiene.
Our prime minister is providing daily updates, and we will inform you immediately if any of these updates has consequences for pupils at William Ford.
If you have any concerns about your child’s welfare and safety in school, please contact us and we will answer any question that you may have.
May we thank you again on behalf of our wider community, and especially the elderly and those with underlying health conditions, for your support and co-operation during these unprecedented times.
Lee Buckingham and Richard Hopkins