Covid 19 School Closures
All our schools are closed. We are providing a skeleton childcare provision in most schools but only for the children of critical workers and vulnerable children. This is a last resort option for parents who have no alternative. The Government message about staying at home is clear. The best place for children is at home so travel and contact is minimised. We thank all those staff in our schools for all they are doing both in schools and to help provide some continued learning. We appreciate the support from parents during this most challenging of times.
The advice is currently as follows: Stay at home and isolate your family for 14 days if a member of your family has either: a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back and/ or a new, continuous cough – this means you’ve started coughing repeatedly.
Please read these documents for advice and guidance during this time. If you would like some ideas to support children at home please visit our Home Learning Page.Child-Friendly-Explanation-of-Coronavirus Corona-virus 'Key Worker' Letter to Parents- 20th March 2020 Corona-virus Letter to Parents- 18th March 2020 School Closure Learning Plan Parent Update from SAST- Covid 19
Department for Education Coronavirus helpline
The DfE has 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)
The Department for Education has issued the following advice for parents and carers:
The government is closely monitoring the spread of the Coronavirus and is taking action at home and abroad.
The overall risk of Coronavirus to the UK remains moderate. However we understand that people may be concerned where there are children, students or staff returning from or visiting China.
Public Health England and the Foreign Office have issued advice for anyone travelling to the area. This can be found at:
Latest information and advice can also be found at:
You should not be unduly worried about the possibility of your children catching the Coronavirus.
There is no reason why your children should not continue to attend their early years, school or further education setting as normal.
We recognise that some families or children may be planning to travel to China during the forthcoming half term period. If so, please refer to the FCO’s latest travel advice via the link above.
What action you can take
A UK wide campaign has been launched to provide clear advice on how to slow the spread of Coronavirus.
Please help to support the campaign which promotes basic hygiene practices, such as regularly washing hands and always sneezing into a tissue, to stem the spread of viruses.
For more information or to get in touch: