This page was updated on 18/3/20.
Following the advice from government and Public Health England, all GLF schools remain open or partially open.
Please find a letter from Jon Chaloner, GLF Schools CEO to all parents/carers, sent on 17/3/20:
What our schools are doing to help reduce the risk of spread of coronavirus:
- Coordinating regularly with Public Health England and Local Authorities to ensure we follow the latest advice
- Reviewing daily the latest developments and planning for our response potential future spread of the virus
- Ensuring we respond quickly to anyone developing symptoms within our schools or families to ensure we follow the latest isolation advice. To date we are not aware of any confirmed cases in school amongst students or staff.
- Implementing measures to help prevent the transmission of the virus. This includes:
- Reminding children and staff of the importance of thoroughly and regularly washing hands with soap throughout the school day
- Asking children and staff to wash hands on arrival in school and immediately before leaving school
- Incorporating regular information about good hygiene into lessons
Where should you get accurate information from?
You can find the latest information and advice from Public Health England at www.gov.uk/coronavirus
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is self-isolation?
Self-isolation is a precaution to help limit the spread of the coronavirus. If people are advised to self-isolate, they should stay at home and avoid contact with other people as a precaution. It does not mean they are ill and people who have had contact with these individuals do not need to take action.
During self-isolation, people will be supported by Public Health England, who are monitoring them and will undertake further testing if they show any symptoms of the virus, and provide any further care needed. They will advise on whether they should return to school or work.
Should I send my child to school?
Yes. The safety, welfare and wellbeing of all in our school community is our primary concern and a constant dialogue has, and will continue, to take place with the relevant authorities to ensure that the school acts in accordance with up to date guidance.
We are working in collaboration with, and being guided by, the Local Authority and Public Health England to ensure that we are acting consistently with the right medical advice.
At this present time, there is low risk for anyone attending our schools. On advice from the Chief Medical Officer, the risk has been declared as "moderate" - a level which allows government to plan for all eventualities but that ultimately, the risk to individuals remains "low".
Should my school close?
The Local Authority has confirmed to us that Public Health England and the office of the Chief Medical Officer are clear in their advice that schools do not need to close. Our school management team and the Trust have decided to keep our schools open as far as staffing allows, but we will continue to review in the light of the changing situation.
Given the recent changes to advice, we are of course planning for possible full closure or partial closures of schools. We have begun implementing measures such as combining classes and prioritising exam year classes where necessary.
We will continue to keep you updated with any advice that is passed to us.
Please continnue to contact your school if you are thinking about keeping your child at home.
If my school closes or partially closes, what will happen with Free School Meals
All our schools are prioritising the needs of those in recept of free school meals, and are working with our caterers and others to try to find ongoing solutions to continue to provide meals. We will offer news about this as soon as we can.
What can you do to reduce the risk of infection?
Like with other illnesses, coronavirus infection usually occurs through close contact with a person with coronavirus, via cough and sneezes or hand contact.
- Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands with soap and water
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport and before eating
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
How to talk to children about the Coronavirus
For parents who might appreciate some help in having conversations with your children about the current virus outbreak, please find a useful link below: