Following guidance from the Local Authority and Stockport NHS Foundation Trust, the following screening questions will be asked of parents when children are brought to school:
- Does your child have a temperature of 37.8C or above?
- Do they have a new persistent cough?
- Is any member of the family currently self-isolating with symptoms?
Please check your child’s temperature every morning before bringing them to school. Click here for advice on taking temperatures.
All the latest information, advice and resources for parents, carers and young people can be found by visiting the Stockport SEND Local Offer – click here.
Click here for the School Nursing Advice Line.
The Government guidance is clear: If children can now stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading. Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.
From 23rd March, there will be a skeleton staff at school to reduce the risk of transmission of the virus and to promote social distancing. A rota system of staff has been established to minimise this risk.
Reducing the numbers of children will reduce the risk of children contracting the virus from other children and adults.
Parents must consider all options to keep children at home, including situations where:
- One parent is working from home
- One parent is not in a critical role
- Where other family members not in at risk groups can provide care
Thank you to parents for doing what is right and saying they are going to work from home whilst looking after their child.
- It is not compulsory for key workers’ children to attend school; it is an emergency child care provision.
- The role of schools during this time is not to teach but to look after the children so their parents can support others.
- If children can be left at home safely because there is adequate care, then this is what MUST happen – to reduce the spread of transmission.
Our school will be ‘open’ but with the minimum amount of children possible, and the minimum amount of adults possible. This will reduce the amount of people exposed to possible infection.
We will care for all the children of key workers who need our support and the children who most need our care.
If you now feel that you can arrange for your child to stay at home, then please do not send them to school.
The safest place for children is to be at home with their families. If your child is not attending school, I urge you not to let them play out in the local area as this increases the risk of the virus spreading.
If you do have to go out, please keep yourself and your children safe by social distancing.
Thank you for your ongoing support and understanding in these uncertain and unprecedented times.
Take care and keep safe.
Public Health England (PHE) is the body through whom all of the latest guidance and information is being produced and distributed.
There are links to the latest resources guidance and advice contained at https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response
Specific Government advice for schools can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19
If you are concerned that any members of your family have symptoms linked to the Coronavirus, please follow Public Health England guidance (see links above) and keep school informed if there is anything you think we should know about.