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COVID 19 Updates for Parents

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Frequently Asked Questions – Covid 19

Updated:  20 March, 11.35 am

Previously Updated:  18 March, 7.25 pm

Will the school be closed?

On Wednesday, 18 March, 2020, the government announced that all schools would close from the end of the week, for the foreseeable future, except for children of key workers and children who are defined by the government as ‘vulnerable’.  We are currently setting arrangements for all Equals Trust as we move forward.  We will send out information to parents as soon as we have finalised them.

Please inform school of any recent changes to your contact details so we can keep you updated. 

Where can I access the list of key workers?

The list is available by clicking in the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision

I am not defined as a key worker.  Can I still send my child to school during the period that education is suspended?

The government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.  They have define those children as those of key workers and vulnerable children only.  In order that the spread of Coronavirus is minimised, schools cannot give provision to those children who sit outside these groups.  If your child is considered vulnerable by the school, you will be contacted by staff.

My child has a cold.  Are they allowed to come to school?

The symptoms of Covid 19 are:

  • A new continuous cough and/or
  • A high temperature

You child is safe to come to school if they only have a cold and no one in your household is displaying symptoms of Covid 19.

Children who are provided with care from Monday, 23 March, 2020 should not attend if they display symptoms or their family members display symptoms.  In this case, families should self-isolate for 14 days.

Where is the school getting their advice from? 

We receive general information from the government, and specific advice from the Department for Education and Public Health England.  We are following their guidance completely and their guidance has been clear, if not what some parents would expect.  However, it would be irresponsible to deviate from this.

If you have any questions regarding social distancing, please read the government advice:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people/guidance-on-social-distancing-for-everyone-in-the-uk-and-protecting-older-people-and-vulnerable-adults

NHS 111 online:  https://111.nhs.uk/

Equals Trust commits to reviewing this information, on a daily basis, after government updates.