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Coronavirus Updates

School Reopening - September 

As a group of schools, we have been discussing at length, planning and reviewing and acting on the guidance from the DfE regarding how all of your children will return to school. 

The world is not as we knew it before the pandemic. For some, there will be life-changing consequences. For many these changes may seem less obvious or less dramatic. They are nevertheless, still present and very important.

For many children and staff, September will be the first time that all have met, face to face since March. The emphasis on well-being and mental health is prevalent in all of the schools’ planning for September. Not just of our children, but of our staff and our community.

There are significant logistical bridges to cross in readiness for September. Including the daily changing and updating guidance from the DfE. All of the risk assessments have been undertaken and signed off by the Trust Board’s Committee.

We will continue to follow the guidance as it develops throughout the summer holidays. It is an expectation by the DfE that any family holidays are taken during the summer break and that all children will be present on the first day back on the required date September. Our schools will open their doors to all children on 7th September. Everyone is very much looking forward to seeing all of your children.

Staff, who return to work on 2nd September, will be working together to ensure that the revised curriculum offer is understood by all who work with your children.

As a whole staff, we continue to wish you and your families good health at this challenging time.

We continue to follow the advice of the government and the DfE in regards to the school closure.

Please see the 'Letters Home' tab in this section of the website for any update letters from the School/SECAT through this period of school closure.

If you need to contact the school, please email: admin@richmond-pri.southend.sch.uk as the school phones may not be checked regularly.

What is Coronavirus? 

A coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China in January 2020.

The incubation period of COVID-19 is between 2 and 14 days. This means that if a person remains well 14 days after contact with someone with confirmed coronavirus, it is unlikely that they have been infected.

The following symptoms may develop in the 14 days after exposure to someone who has COVID-19 infection:

  • cough
  • difficulty in breathing
  • fever
  • A change in sense of taste or smell 

Generally, these infections can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease. There is no evidence that children are more affected than other age groups – very few cases have been reported in children.

If your child has a temperature of 37.8 or over or develops what appears to be a 'new' cough then they will need to isolate for FOURTEEN days along with ALL MEMBERS OF THEIR HOUSEHOLD.

This obviously means not coming into school. Please follow this advice clearly rather than phoning the school to ask our opinion as this is advice which has been given by the Prime Minister himself. The only reason you would need to phone the school would be to inform us of your families initial isolation.

The advice for anyone in any setting is to follow these main guidelines.

  1. If you have been in contact with someone with coronavirus or have returned from an affected area identified by the Chief Medical Officer as high risk and you are feeling unwell with a cough, difficulty breathing or fever, stay at home for fourteen days and self isolate. 

  2. Only call 111 / your doctors if symptoms become severe 

  3. Wash your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds using soap and hot water, particularly after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose, or after being in public areas where other people are doing so. Use hand sanitiser if that’s all you have access to.

  4. To reduce the spread of germs when you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or your sleeve (not your hands) if you don’t have a tissue, and throw the tissue away immediately. Then wash your hands or use a hand sanitising gel.

  5. Clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces using your regular cleaning products to reduce the risk of passing the infection on to other people.

There are general principles anyone can follow to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • washing your hands often - with soap and water, or use alcohol sanitiser if handwashing facilities are not available. This is particularly important after taking public transport
  • covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in a bin. See Catch it, Bin it, Kill it
  • people who feel unwell should stay at home and should not attend work or any education or childcare setting
  • pupils, students, staff and visitors should wash their hands:
    • before leaving home
    • on arrival at school
    • after using the toilet
    • after breaks and sporting activities
    • before food preparation
    • before eating any food, including snacks
    • before leaving school