COVID-19 coronavirus advice and update
UPDATED 24 MARCH 2020 at 10.30am
Government information on the requirement to stay at home can be found here and at the foot of this page.
Further general Government information and guidance about the coronavirus pandemic can be found here.
Current school status
- School will be closed to all students from 3.30pm on Tuesday 24th March.
- Any parents who believe they require supervision for their children because they are critical workers should email the school via firstname.lastname@example.org with details of their circumstances.
- We will continue to issue guidance and updates to all parents via our normal school communication systems and on an individual basis as required.
Critical worker provision
Schools are still required to offer supervision for children of critical workers.
The Government guidance on who qualifies as a critical worker can be found here.
In the light of the restrictions announced by the Prime Minister on 23rd March, schools will be moving to some form of collaborative provision as it does not make sense to keep every single school site open.
Further details of how this centralised provision will work in Slough will be posted here when available.
Additional Department for Education guidance for critical workers
What if I have to leave my children unattended?
There is no law about when you can leave your child on their own but it is an offence to leave them alone if it places them at risk. As parents, you should use your judgement on how mature your child is before you decide to leave them at home.
It is important to be aware that you can be prosecuted if you leave a child alone ‘in a manner likely to cause unnecessary suffering or injury to health’. If you are at all unsure, the NSPCC recommends that children under 12 are rarely mature enough to be left alone for a long period of time, children under 16 shouldn’t be left alone overnight and babies, toddlers and very young children should never be left alone.
Do I have to send my child to school?
Many parents working in these critical sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.
This is an offer to parents and carers and there is no requirement for parents and carers to send their children to school if they do not need or wish to do so.
What happens to free school meals provision while schools are closed?
We are working on a scheme to ensure that all families whose children currently receive free school meals will be able to obtain vouchers for use in supermarkets. Mrs Dodds, Assistant Headteacher, will be contacting all those families who are eligible for this support.
What is happening to GCSE and A Level examinations?
The public examinations for GCSEs, AS and A Levels have been cancelled.
More detailed information from the Department for Education can be found here.
Please note that although the principles have been set out, details of the process through which GCSE and A Level grades will be awarded have not yet been confirmed. We will inform parents and students as soon as this information is available.
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.
Wash your hands more often, for 20 seconds with soap and hot water.
In addition to handwashing before eating and after sneezing, you should wash your hands after using toilets and after travelling on public transport.
- 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
- wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel (although this is currently difficult to obtain) if soap and water are not available
- try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
- do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
For a helpful video, go to https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/best-way-to-wash-your-hands/
Department for Education Coronavirus helpline
The Department for Education has launched a helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. School staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:
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