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Letter for Parents/Carers regarding Coronavirus – updated 13.3.2020

Dear Parent/Carer,

The R.E.A.L. Leadership Team met this morning to review and amend plans around our response to the outbreak of the Coronavirus in the UK.

The Department for Education continues to circulate daily bulletins to schools with advice and guidance with regards to what we should do to prevent the spread of Coronavirus and what to do in the event of a member of staff or child contracting the virus. Our Head of Health, Safety and Facilities, as well as other heads of departments, are monitoring this guidance and following the advice.

It is key to note that the Government have now moved to the ‘delay’ phase of their response to the virus. Testing for the virus will only be carried out on patients admitted to hospital. Anyone showing symptoms of the virus is being asked to self-isolate at home.

The school and other education services will remain open and we are working on plans for creative and flexible solutions to ensure delivery is maintained.

Prevention of spread

Prevention of spread of the disease still remains a priority for us. Good practice around personal hygiene and hand washing continues to be emphasised. Staff, pupils and visitors continue to follow recommended good hygiene practices.

In order to support us with the prevention we ask that you do the following:

Reassure your child that the precautions are being taken to keep people fit and well and healthy.

Discuss the process of washing hands with your child and, where possible, show them how to do this using the videos available on line.

Remind your child to use tissues provided or sneeze, cough into their sleeve.

If your child has symptoms including either a high temperature or a persistent cough, then the current advice is that your child remains at home for seven days.

Preparation for cases

Should a case be confirmed with either a staff member or child, we will consult immediately with Public Health England. We will explain the context of our school/ organisation and will follow their advice. It is highly unlikely they will close the whole school due to the way we work. They may however, suggest we close specific buildings for a deep clean, ask specific staff to self isolate, ask specific learners and their families to self isolate or ask that we work at home with learners.

Whatever advice they give us, we will ensure it will impact as little as possible on your child and yourselves. However, there may be times when we have to cancel face to face sessions with learners due to staff absence or the prevention of spread. If this happens we will prioritise learners according to vulnerability, age, exams and other such important factors.

R.E.A.L. are well equipped and prepared to be creative in our teaching methods and ensure learners get access to education of some form if required. We have the potential, in some cases, to teach via video conferencing, online learning, phone conferencing and more traditional methods. We are flexible with venues and times and will do what we can to ensure your child gets as much education as possible.

For your information, here is the latest government and NHS guidance on the Coronavirus that you might find useful:

https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/best-way-to-wash-your-hands/

Kind regards,

The R.E.A.L. Leadership Team

Follow us on twitter @educationreal for relevant updates.

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Letter – Friday 6th March 2020:

Dear Parent/Carer,

Over the last few days we have received questions from parents/carers with regards to our planning for the outbreak of Coronavirus. In light of these questions we felt it was a good idea to share an update with you on what we are doing to prevent and prepare for any cases.

The Department for Education are sending out daily bulletins to schools with advice and guidance with regards to what we should do to prevent the spread of Coronavirus and what to do in the event of a member of staff or child contracting the virus. Our Head of Health, Safety and Facilities, as well as other heads of departments, are monitoring this guidance and following the advice. So far the bulk of our work has been in the area of prevention.

The key message from us is that the school will remain open until further notice and that hygiene should be prioritised at all times.

Prevention of spread

  • All hubs have been asked to put up posters that remind people to cough and sneeze into tissues and throw them in the bin.
  • All hubs have tissues and bins in every classroom.
  • All hubs have posters above sinks that show learners how to wash their hands properly.
  • All learners will have reminders to wash their hands properly after going to the toilet, before cooking and before eating.
  • All 1:1 staff will be given pocket tissues and bags for disposal.
  • Hand sanitiser will be made available on all sites.

In order to support us with the prevention we ask that you do the following:

  • Reassure your child that this is nothing to worry about. We are just being cautious and making sure everyone stays well and keeps coming to school.
  • Discuss the process of washing hands with your child and, where possible, show them how to do this using the videos available on line.
  • Remind your child to use tissues provided or sneeze, cough into their sleeve.
  • If your child shows any signs of illness, please do not send them to school.

Preparation for cases

Should a case be confirmed with either a staff member or child, we will consult immediately with Public Health England. We will explain the context of our school/ organisation and will follow their advice. It is highly unlikely they will close the whole school due to the way we work. They may however, suggest we close specific buildings for a deep clean, ask specific staff to self isolate, ask specific learners and their families to self isolate or ask that we work at home with learners.

Whatever advice they give us, we will ensure it will impact as little as possible on your child and yourselves. However, there may be times when we have to cancel face to face sessions with learners due to staff absence or the prevention of spread. If this happens we will prioritise learners according to vulnerability, age, exams and other such important factors.

R.E.A.L. are well equipped and prepared to be creative in our teaching methods and ensure learners get access to education of some form if required. We are flexible with venues and times and will do what we can to ensure your child gets as much education as possible.

For your information, here is some government guidance on the Coronavirus that you might find useful:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/common-questions/

https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/best-way-to-wash-your-hands/

Follow us on twitter @educationreal for relevant updates.

R.E.A.L. Independent School