COVID-19 email to students
Please see below an email sent to students on Friday 13th March
I want to assure you that Sharnbrook Academy Federation is following the latest advice from Public Health England (PHE) and the Department for Education, to ensure the health and wellbeing of our whole school community which is, as always, our top priority.
Each of our academies remains open as usual, as advised by the Government. There have been no confirmed cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) within our academies to date.
The whole school community are being extra vigilant and I thank you for your efforts with this, and I encourage everyone to continue taking additional precautions, including maintaining high levels of personal hygiene, regularly washing hands and following the Catch it, Bin it, Kill it advice when sneezing or coughing.
We will keep the situation under review and continue to follow the latest government guidelines. The current guidelines include providing hot water and soap throughout each academy, with hand sanitiser as a backup, advice posters displayed in communal areas, and continuing to undertake additional regular cleaning of handrails, door handles and other contact points throughout each building. Please do advise a member of staff of any instance when soap needs replenishing or anything else of concern.
We are currently acting on the statements made by the Chief Medical Officer on 12th March 2020, and regrettably therefore overseas trips currently planned across the Trust will now not go ahead. We will liaise directly with families affected by this change today separately. Our schools will not be organising any other residential, overseas or day trips at this time for any year group and all pre-planned trips will be subject to change. Sports fixtures will also be reviewed and any changes for any of these activities will be communicated as soon as possible.
We are also progressing our contingency plans for any future developments that may arise with this quickly evolving situation. This includes providing alternative teaching platforms for students, interactive resources for use at home, and distance support for staff, students and parents. More information about this will follow with appropriate information and tutorials and I encourage you to have a look at what is provided.
There is currently no national change to any public examination, but we continue to liaise with all necessary parties regarding this and will work to support all students that may be affected by any future change. I know that our exams team are also working on this issue. Of course there will be further communications if any change occurs.
We would also encourage you to closely monitor your health, and if you show any symptoms or if you have any concerns, then your parents will let us know that you will remain at home. You should then please contact 111 or go online (https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19) for advice and not attend your local GP Surgery or A&E. We would also ask that your family notify the academy immediately through the normal absence notification procedures, to allow to us to take any necessary steps.
The health and wellbeing of all our school community remains our number one priority, we will keep you updated on any further developments should the need arise.
If you have any questions in the meantime, please talk to your form tutor.
Thank you for support in this unprecedented situation.
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