Dear Parents and carers,
As you’re probably aware, the government’s guidance on the coronavirus has changed from the ‘contain’ phase to one of delaying the spread of the virus. We’re getting in touch to let you know what we’re doing in light of this, and what we expect from all of you, to help make sure our school community keeps safe and calm.
We’d like to reassure you that at Chester Park we’re taking all of the necessary steps to protect our community and are continuing to follow official guidance from the government and from Bristol Local Authority.
What’s the current situation?
The school remains open – this is the current official guidance we’ve been given
All school functions continue to run as normal including breakfast club.
Pupils should attend unless they feel unwell – if your child has any of the following symptoms they should remain at home for 7 days:
a new, continuous cough and/or
If your child is unwell, report this as you would normally by phoning the infant school on 0117 3773047 or the junior school on 0117 3773065
We’ll keep you up to date with any changes to the current situation
What we’re doing to protect and support pupils and staff
If a pupil feels unwell at school we will follow normal procedures and contact parents or carers to let them know and ask for the child to be collected from school
Cleaning schedule continues as normal
Hand-washing continues as normal with reminders to pupils to wash hands; on entry and exit, after going to the toilet, before and after break and before and after lunch
Teachers will talk to children in class about developments to be supportive
What we need you to do
If you’ve recently changed your contact details, please inform the school office as soon as possible
Feel free to talk to your children about the coronavirus. It’s a scary time and we should make sure children feel supported. BBC Newsround has regular updates for younger children and YoungMinds has practical steps older children can take to help with anxiety
Come and collect your child straight away, if we ask you to (we’ll contact you if they become ill with either a temperature or a new, continuous cough)
What happens if the school has to close?
We’ll only close if we’re either officially advised to do so or we don’t have enough staff to run the school.
In either case, we’ll:
Post information on the school websites, post information on the Bristol School Closure website https://www.bristol.gov.uk/schools-learning-early-years/school-closures, send information to parents/carers via text and or email.
We will let parents/carers know when we reopen by the same means as we will regarding closure.
If the schools are closed we will provide additional information regarding home learning opportunities.
We are only sending this information out to help prepare the community for the possibility of closure and currently there are no plans to close. As the changing nature of information regarding this virus is dynamic please be aware that this letter may be superseded by further advice from the government.
If you have any questions
Please consult the:
School office, if you have any questions about our response to this issue
Department for Education’s coronavirus helpline: 0800 046 8687, if you have any questions about the government’s response to coronavirus in relation to schools
Government’s travel advice, if you want to know whether any upcoming trip or holiday you’re taking abroad should go ahead
It’s a tricky time and we know you’re worried about the impact this might have on our community. It’s important we keep each other safe and talk about these events to help with any anxiety.
Thank you for your continued support.
Yours in partnership