UPDATED INFORMATION 22/09/2020
COVID-19 UPDATE Tuesday 22nd September
The rules and guidance concerning COVID-19 can be quite complicated (particularly as they keep changing and different rules apply to different parts of the country.) It is EXTREMELY important that we ALL follow the rules if we are to prevent further deaths and stop the virus.
Burnley has the 6th highest rate of COVID-19 cases in the country. The top 10 areas are all in the North-West. Central Burnley and Daneshouse (our ward) is a COVID-19 hotspot, recording significantly more cases than anywhere else in the country over the latest 7 day period data is available for. Yesterday the country was upgraded to alert Level 4
From today, adults, young people and children in Lancashire MUST NOT mix socially with anyone who does not live in their house. The only exceptions to this are people in a support bubble and people who provide childcare (check www.gov.uk/coronavirus for further information.) Breaking these rules means you are endangering lives and could risk receiving a fine (of up to £10 000.)
PLEASE STUDY THE ATTACHED CHART WHICH OUTLINES WHAT STEPS TO TAKE. (If you require further advice, email school, seek medical advice or check government websites.) It is VERY important that if anyone in your household develops symptoms, the WHOLE household self-isolates IMMEDIATELY (this means you must stay at home and NOT leave your house until the guidance says you may.)
CASES IN SCHOOL
IF A PUPIL AT SCHOOL TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19, PLEASE CONTACT SCHOOL IMMEDIATELY (OUT OF SCHOOL HOURS, LEAVE A MESSAGE BY PRESSING 1 OR EMAIL email@example.com .) This will help us to act immediately to help prevent the spread of the virus.
You will receive a text message, email and the website will be updated should there be a confirmed case affecting your child’s bubble.
When there is a confirmed case in school, the class bubble will need to self-isolate for 14 days. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT PUPILS SELF-ISOLATING REMAIN IN THEIR HOME FOR 14 DAYS. We are aware of a number of high school students who have been sent home from school to self-isolate, leaving their house and socialising with others. This is extremely irresponsible and could endanger lives by spreading the virus further.
If your child remains symptom free, the rest of the household does not need to self-isolate (brothers and sisters can still go to school.)
If your child (or anyone else in their home) develops symptoms, the WHOLE household MUST self-isolate and arrange a test (follow the guidance on the chart.)
If your child is sent home to self-isolate, your child’s class teacher will provide work EVERY DAY, which will match, as closely as possible, what they would be doing if they were in school. COMPLETION OF THIS WORK IS COMPULSORY. The Secretary of State for Education has made it very clear that schools MUST ensure children are not further disadvantaged as a result of COVID-19. Furthermore, wilful non-compliance could mean that your child is deemed to be Missing in Education, resulting in other Local Authority and Department for Education legal intervention. We wish to avoid this at ALL costs.
Valuable staff time (which is paid for out of your child’s funding) SHOULD NOT be wasted contacting families who are not complying with this requirement, neglecting their child’s right to an education. Missed learning CAN NOT be caught up. Children have been shown how to access home learning and teachers will be in daily contact, supporting learning, providing feedback and setting new challenges. If you need any further support with this, email school and staff will be on hand to answer any questions or queries.
Please continue to check and read your emails and text messages. The website will be regularly updated and COVID-19 guidance and support can be found in the Parents Section (press SELECT LANGUAGE on the top of the homepage if you would prefer to translate the information into your home language). We are unable to make telephone calls to every family, therefore, it is important that you inform us of a change of email address or telephone number.
Because we need to keep the flow of people moving at the beginning and end of the school day, this is not a safe time to have conversations with adults (their role is to ensure the safety of the school community.) Please telephone school or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or queries. Teachers will ring you back should you wish to speak to them. Telephone lines are extremely busy, particularly first thing in the morning. To report a child’s absence, you can leave a message on the answerphone (press 1.)
COVID_19 Information for Parents/Carers
Burnley is still on the COVID_19 watch list because confirmed cases are much higher than the national average. Cases are increasing rapidly, Last week, Burnley recorded 77.6 cases per 100 000 (up from 32.6 the week before), making it the 8th highest area in the country.
The government has brought in NEW regulations: In England, the new limit of six people from multiple households will apply to social gatherings from Monday.
It will apply to both indoors and outdoors, and to all ages.
So, gatherings in private homes, venues like pubs and restaurants, and in outdoor spaces like parks will all be affected.
Households ignoring these regulations are putting others’ health and lives at risk and may receive a fine.
If you have any of these symptoms, self-isolate your WHOLE household for 14 days and get a test.
DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL IF:
CONTACT SCHOOL IMMEDIATELY FOR ADVICE IF ANY OF THE ABOVE APPLIES TO YOU.
How to Stop COVID_19 Spreading
How to Support School to Keep Your Child Safe
Information regarding drop off and pick up arrangements (further clarification)
Outbreak in School