Update 19 November 2020
Public Health England South West and Somerset County Council’s Public Health and Education teams are working together to support staff, pupils and parents following confirmed cases of Covid-19 at the school.
The decision has been taken to close the school tomorrow (Friday 20 November) and on Monday (23 November) to enable deep cleaning of affected areas.
Close contacts of the confirmed cases have been provided with public health advice and are self-isolating.
Wider school staff and parents have also been provided with public health advice, including what to do if someone becomes symptomatic. If your child shows any symptoms, please book a test and keep the school informed.
It is not necessary to arrange for a test unless your child is symptomatic. Parents have been advised it is not necessary for any other member of the household to self-isolate unless they become symptomatic.
Those already self-isolating must complete their 14-day self-isolation period.
Anyone with concerns should call 07860412587 or 07592504653.
We hope to be able to welcome all other students back to school on Tuesday 24 November.
Several confirmed cases of COVID-19
Single confirmed case of COVID-19
If your child has to self-isolate
A quick guide to COVID testing
Management of COVID-19 in school age children – action for parents/carers
Whole School Risk Assessment – September 2020
Temporary changes to EHCPs during the coronavirus pandemic
A clear and concise summary of the temporary changes to EHCPs during the coronavirus pandemic – well worth a read
Useful guides for parents and carers:
Supporting Children with ASC and their families during COVID-19 isolation
This time of uncertainty is a particularly challenging time for children and families as we are instructed to self-isolate or distance ourselves from friends, family and other support. This is vital to stop the spread of COVID-19. Normal routines and structures are gone temporarily, and we are coming to terms with a new ‘normal’.
Somerset County Council have put together the attached pack to support children with ASC and their families during this time. The information within it has been generously shared by individuals and organisations.
Children’s guide to coronavirus – Children’s Commissioner
Children’s Commissioner have put together a children’s guide to coronavirus along with useful links and resources.
Coronavirus – A book for children
A wonderful illustrated story book for you to have a look at and share with your children.
Department for Education coronavirus helpline
The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
8am to 6pm – Monday to Friday
10am to 4pm – Saturday and Sunday
Updated handwashing advice
It is essential that everyone washes their hands more often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hand washing with soap employs mechanical action that loosens bacteria and viruses from the skin, rinsing them into the drain. Drying hands afterwards makes the skin less hospitable to the virus. Hand sanitiser can be effective if soap is not available or the situation makes using soap less feasible (i.e. when outside) but using hand sanitiser provides none of the virus-destroying friction that rubbing your hands together and rinsing with water provides.
The latest guidance and video on hand washing can be found at:
The e-Bug project is led by Public Health England and has a dedicated webpage for learning resources on hand washing and respiratory hygiene.
Resources are currently available for KS1, KS2 and KS3 and can be used in various settings including schools and at home: