Further to my previous letter on 26th February regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19), I would like to explain our plans and preparations for any potential disruption to school or school closure.

We continue to check daily for updates from Public Health England and act on their advice. Our hand washing areas remain well-stocked and we have talked to all children about how to properly wash their hands, placing posters in key areas to remind us all to maintain good hygiene.

We will be monitoring all proposed trips and when necessary we will make an informed decision acting on the most up to date advice.

We are working on contingency plans should we have to close, or partially close, due to either government instruction or due to staff absence.  In the event of any closure, partial or full, we will send you a message via email and on our website.  Most importantly, school currently remains open and we hope for excellent attendance unless you hear, via one of these methods, to the contrary.

We are now preparing to provide work for your children should we have to close the school for any length of time. I appreciate this is a very difficult time, but I hope you will be reassured in the knowledge that the entire Woodfield team are focused on following all recommendations whilst remaining calm and supporting the children without creating worry or panic.

I would also like to share with you the most recent advice from the Department for Health:

‘To support the delay of the spread of the virus, the Department for Health and Social Care has asked anyone who shows certain symptoms to stay at home for 7 days, regardless of whether they have travelled to affected areas. This means people should stay at home and avoid all but essential contact with others for 7 days from the point of displaying mild symptoms, to slow the spread of infection.

The symptoms are:

·         A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)

·         A new, continuous cough

You do not need to call NHS 111 to stay at home. If your symptoms worsen during your stay at home period or are no better after 7 days contact NHS 111 online at 111.nhs.uk. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.’

Please do not hesitate to contact the school admin team, or myself, if you have any further questions or concerns.