Updated advice concerning the school's response to Covid-19

Friday 13 Mar 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

As you will know from recent events, our school community, along with many others, is entering a period of prolonged uncertainty associated with the spread of the Coronavirus. 
As I’m sure you will appreciate, we are currently dealing with a complex and rapidly changing situation. My first priority will always be the health, safety and wellbeing of the pupils and staff in our school. Now more than ever, this remains our primary focus. Already in school we have taken measures such as:

Reminding children about the importance of hand washing and showing them how this is done. 
Multiple daily cleaning of frequently touched surfaces such as door handles, light switches and keypads
Informing Junior children about the virus in an informative, factual manner, focusing on what is known and avoiding speculation.

Listening to children who are concerned and, as required, allowing discussion and the sharing of worries, clarifying misconceptions and challenging rumours.

Communicating any school specific advice to parents as and when this is necessary
We are following official advice from the government and the NHS. This advice is being added to on a daily basis and we are monitoring and responding to that as it is published. This official advice will underpin all the actions we take. Following the Prime Minister’s public health statement on Coronavirus on 12 March, you can find all the latest information here: https://www.gov.uk/government/topicalevents/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response 

As it stands, there is no indication that schools in England will be closing but we are receiving some queries from parents about this and other matters so here are some responses to frequently asked questions.

If my child is sneezing or coughing, should they stay off school?
Yes, the official guidance is that any child with newly developed symptoms such as a cough or a raised temperature (37.8 degrees and above) should stay off school for seven days. 

How will I be informed of the need to close? 
If our school has to close we will inform you via our website www.bradwayprimary.co.uk

How can I best communicate with the school if it is closed?
Please use the following email gcooper@bradway.sheffield.sch.uk if you have an urgent query. We ask you not to telephone the school in the event of closure.
School staff will continue to keep in touch with some families that may need support.

In the event of closure,what can my child do at home to support their learning?
We will contact parents with information and links to suitable age appropriate ideas if this happens, using email, Twitter and our website. Of course the usual homework activities will still be applicable such as reading, times tables practice, spellings and Maths (for example using MathsWhizz).

At this difficult time, I would like to send my very best wishes to you all. As a local community I would urge you all to help each other as much as possible and, if this is not already occurring, set up support networks for vulnerable members. Throughout history communities have managed uncertain times most effectively when they have worked together, generously giving support, kindness and time to others and working for the greater good. I am sure that Bradway's community will rise to the current challenge and become stronger for it.

Paul Stockley