Please find attached a letter regarding our childcare arrangements and the key worker information, for next week and onwards. Thank you for your patience. I know that you all have many questions. Please be assured that we are working hard to answer those, as the information comes into schools.
Once you have read the key worker information, there is a link to a survey for you to fill in https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/RZ3H838
As I have stated in the letter:
If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading. My staff are in school looking after your children while their children are at other settings. This is a worrying time for everyone and I am trying to relieve my staff as much as possible to be with their families. Also, there may be a time when we are too short staffed, which will affect how many children we can look after. Please do not use us as childcare if you do not need to. Thank you so much for your consideration.
Once you have filled in the survey, we have set up a link for you to book onto the childcare, as you would the Fireflies. https://www.st-faiths.lincs.sch.uk/wraparound-care-the-fireflies/ This is on the same page as the Fireflies. You'll see the link - don't worry, there is no cost! Please do not use the link if you are not a key worker.
At the moment we are trying to have the Fireflies open too. This may change as time goes on. If you need to use the Fireflies, please book on as you normally would. The arrangements are currently the same.
Food will be provided for the Fireflies and lunch for the childcare provision. At the moment you won't book through Good Lookin Cookin, we will book for you. Again, this may change but we'll let you know if it does.
Children who are entitled to Pupil Premium but are not attending the childcare, will still get a cold box from Good Lookin Cookin each day. This will need collecting from school, between 11am and 12pm or after 1pm. If you don't want your cold box, do let us know. If you are a vegetarian, we will order a vegetarian cold box.
I think that is all for now! Apologies if you get additional emails throughout the day!
Sending our love and warmest wishes
March 13th: Updated guidance on COVID-19 from the DfE:
Government announces move from Contain to Delay phase
Yesterday, the Government announced that we are moving from the Contain phase of the coronavirus action plan and into the Delay phase, in response to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Full details of each stage in the government action plan can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-action-plan
To support the delay of the spread of the virus, the Department for Health and Social Care has asked anyone who shows certain symptoms to stay at home for 7 days, regardless of whether they have travelled to affected areas. This means people should stay at home and avoid all but essential contact with others for 7 days from the point of displaying mild symptoms, to slow the spread of infection.
The symptoms are:
You do not need to call NHS 111 to stay at home. If your symptoms worsen during your stay at home period or are no better after 7 days contact NHS 111 online at 111.nhs.uk. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.
Current advice remains in place: no education or children’s social care setting should close in response to a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England.
The Government has issued new travel guidance for the education sector. This advises against all overseas education trips for children under 18. This does not apply to domestic trips, or overseas trips which are already underway.
The full guidance can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19/covid-19-travel-guidance-for-the-education-sector
Hand washing advice
The most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves is to wash their hands more often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water. Public Health England recommends that in addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.
Watch this short NHS film for guidance: https://youtu.be/bQCP7waTRWU
The e-Bug project is led by Public Health England and has a dedicated webpage for learning resources on hand washing and respiratory hygiene.
Resources are currently available for KS1, KS2 and KS3 and can be used in various settings including schools: https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/schools
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:
Please note, we are currently experiencing high volumes of calls and apologise for any wait that you may experience. To ensure that we answer your calls as quickly as possible we have now extended our opening hours to cover weekends.
If you work in a school, please have your unique reference number (URN or UK PRN) available when calling the hotline.
Where to find the latest information
You can help to slow the spread of Coronavirus!
The Coronavirus action plan has been launched. This document sets out what the UK as a whole has done to tackle the Coronavirus (COVID-19), and what it plans to do next.
The action plan can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-action-plan
The document includes:
Current advice remains in place: No school should close in response to a suspected (or confirmed) COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England.
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.
Please help us in sharing simple and effective hand hygiene messages.
On Monday we 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
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
Where to find the latest information
Updates on COVID-19:
Guidance for educational settings:
Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas: