Information about Coronavirus

Information is changing daily and for the most up-to-date information you can visit:

www.gov.uk/coronavirus

19th March 2020

Following on from our last update, we have now been instructed to close the school to almost all children at 1.00 p.m. on Friday 20th March 2020 until further notice.

If you are a ‘Key Worker’ it is vitally important that you read the letter attached to the front page about offering care provision to your children. Please click here to read the letter.


17th March 2020

Following yesterday’s advice from the Government, if you, your child or anyone in your household has a cough or a temperature, they must stay at home for 14 days.

We also ask all parents to refrain from visiting the school to speak to someone if they have a query. Please contact the School Office by sending an email to grangepkinf@gpin.school or by calling 0203 886 0887.


12th March 2020

Information is changing daily and for the most up-to-date information you can visit:

www.gov.uk/coronavirus

You can also contact the Department for Education Coronavirus Helpline for answers about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

  • By phone: 0800 046 8687 (please call 111 if you think you or your child might have symptoms of COVID-19, or have travelled to affected countries)
  • By email: coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
    The helpline is open from 8am until 6pm Monday to Friday.

We are closely monitoring the situation regarding Coronavirus and I can assure you that we currently have no staff or children who have fallen ill.

The safety of our pupils and staff is always a top priority.

Travelling abroad over the coming weeks: Currently the Foreign Office is advising against all non essential travel to a number of regions particularly affected by the virus. In order to protect your family and everyone in the school and wider community, if you are planning to travel over the coming weeks, it is important to read and to follow the advice provided by the Foreign Office www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

Protecting your children, your family and the community: The best way to control the spread of any virus is effective and frequent handwashing. School is ensuring that all staff and children wash their hands thoroughly and regularly throughout the day.

Frequently asked questions (updated)

We have updated our Question and Answer document that contains information about our response to COVID-19, which applies to the Infant School and Nursery. We hope it will help to put parents’ minds at rest.

Again, if the situation changes, we will let parents know as soon as possible.

What is the school doing to keep children safe from Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

The School Management Team is taking an active role in monitoring illness amongst the children, and anyone who feels unwell is sent to the Welfare Office. Following Government advice, only those families who have travelled to certain countries or believe they have been in contact with anyone with COVID-19 are advised to stay at home and call NHS 111.

We have:

  • Demonstrated in assemblies how germs spread at a level the child will understand
  • Demonstrated how to wash their hands thoroughly and frequently and carefully with soap and water
  • Demonstrated how to catch any coughs and sneezes in a tissue (Catch It, Bin It, Kill It) and emphasised again how germs can spread if they don’t
  • Staff meetings have been held to ensure there is a consistent approach to all procedures for hygiene and high level of vigilance
  • The school already has very high standards for cleaning, however in response to COVID-19 the level of cleaning in the school has been increased with intensive cleaning of surfaces, door handles and door panels throughout the day
  • We are steam cleaning all the hard surfaces with newly purchased steam cleaners
  • Children’s daily equipment is being disinfected

We would appreciate your help in applying rules about hand washing at home too.

We are informed daily of any updates regarding COVID-19, and we will let parents know as soon as possible if an update is relevant to schools.

Will the school close in response to Coronavirus?

According to Government guidance, no school should take the decision to close in response to a suspected (or confirmed) case of COVID-19. Because of the way that potential COVID-19 cases are reported, Public Health England (the Government’s public health agency) will inform us if a pupil or member of staff has a confirmed case of COVID-19, and may instruct the school to close, but only if they think it is necessary.

Has anyone had a confirmed or suspected case of Coronavirus at the school?

No – we have not received any notifications from Public Health England about any suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 amongst anyone in the school.

Should I keep my child at home because of the virus?

Parents are encouraged to keep bringing their child to school as usual, unless they are feeling unwell. This ensures that the children do not worry unnecessarily. Keeping them at home will also cause them to fall behind in their learning.

We sympathise with those parents with children suffering from allergies and long-term medical conditions who are concerned about the perceived risk of infection, and may wish to isolate them from the virus. However, unless the child is unwell, any child that is kept at home to avoid risk of infection will receive an Unauthorised Absence (a U mark) in line with guidance from the Department for Education.

If NHS 111 directs you or your child to self-isolate for 14 days, an Authorised Absence mark will be applied (a Y mark, ‘unable to attend due to exceptional circumstances’).
In this event, please contact the School Office by calling 0203 886 0887 or emailing grangepkinf@gpin.schoolplease do not visit the school. It will not be necessary to inform us on each day of self-isolation, but we would appreciate parents keeping us informed of any developments.

Should I give my child hand sanitiser gel?

No. The most effective technique to combat illness is to wash hands with soap and water. The school is instructing children to do so regularly while at school – hand-washing facilities are available in, or near, every classroom. Staff are also conducting this themselves.

There have also been reports nationally that some people can suffer from an allergic reaction to hand sanitiser. While we have not experienced this at school, we would not wish to needlessly expose children to the risk of an allergic reaction.

It is also very expensive and best left to those who cannot immediately access soap and water!

Will SATs tests be postponed?

There is no change to the timetable of SATs tests for Year 2 children because of COVID-19. Therefore, it is very important that all children, especially Year 2 children, attend school as usual every day as far as is possible.

If your child is directed to self-isolate by NHS, the school will endeavour to provide additional support when your child returns to school after the 14-day isolation.

We would like to thank all parents who have been co-operating with our requests to support children with hand-washing and good hygiene practices.

If you would like to find out more information about Coronavirus, please visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public.

The Department for Education have 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

EmailDfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk

Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

Government Coronavirus Action Plan

The government coronavirus action plan sets out what the UK has done to tackle coronavirus (COVID-19), and what we plan to do next.

The situation is constantly reviewed and action informed by expert science and advice, guided by the Chief Medical Officer and the Chief Scientific Adviser.

The action plan can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-action-plan (opens in new tab)


6th March 2020

Updated travel advice for anyone returning from all areas of Italy

There is updated travel advice today for anyone returning from any area in Italy – they are asked to self-isolate if they are experiencing symptoms and call 111. If you have recently visited any of the ‘lockdown areas’ in Northern Italy (details can be found at www.gov.uk/coronavirus), you are required to self-isolate for 14 days even if you are not experiencing symptoms.


2nd March 2020

The Department for Education (DfE) have launched a new helpline service to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education.

Staff, parents and pupils can contact the helpline service as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

In assembly today, the children were reminded to catch their coughs and sneezes in a tissue, then throw it away (‘Catch It, Bin It, Kill it’), and they were also reminded of the importance of washing hands carefully. We would very much appreciate your cooperation in helping children to do the same at home.

Further updates will be posted to this page when necessary.


26th February 2020

Please find below a copy of the letter that was sent home to all parents regarding precautions against the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Coronavirus letter 26th Feb 2020 (PDF file)

This letter contains information for those returning from Northern Italy, as well as areas in China, Iran and South Korea.

For further guidance, please visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus.