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Coronavirus Advice & Information

A Letter to Our Lady's Catholic Primary School Children

 

Dear Children,

 

All the staff at Our Lady's are eager to find out how you are getting on at home. Your teacher will be calling you before the Easter break, if they haven't done so already.

 

We know that you are working hard at home and we hope you have some time to play too. We are working to make sure you have the work you need whilst our school is closed and to make sure that we are ready to welcome you back when the time comes.

 

It may seem a little unusual at the moment, but you have a wonderful opportunity to spend time with your families and learn new things at home. We will continue to work with you and if you have any worries, you can talk to your families or your teacher when they call. 

 

Well done and thank you to all of you who are helping by following guidelines for keeping safe and well at this time. 

 

Each day we continue to pray for you all and Mary, our patron saint to protect us all under her motherly mantle. 

 

We hope to see you back at school very soon!

 

Best wishes,

Miss McDonald

Dear Parents,

 

We are aware some of you may be concerned regarding recent directives from the government regarding the ongoing situation with Coronavirus. We have released two letters regarding changes made in school to protect the school community and also information regarding work for pupils in self isolation. You will find both letters below along with information and advice about the virus.

 

It is imperative that you contact us if a member of your household has a confirmed case (confirmed after official testing) of Coronavirus. Complete the contact form at the bottom of the page to inform us. 

 

Thank you.

You can help to slow the spread of Coronavirus!

 

  • Make sure you and your children follow these general principles to prevent spreading any respiratory virus:
  • Wash your hands often – with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or an alcohol-based sanitiser if soap and water aren’t available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • If you feel unwell, stay at home and don’t attend work or school.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home.
  • If you’re worried about your symptoms, please call NHS 111 – don’t go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment.

 

Message from Dr Justin Varney, Director of Public Health:

 

Birmingham City Council are well prepared to deal with Coronavirus and have a full plan to manage the situation as well as help reduce the risk of further cases.

 

The council is also reiterating simple and effective actions that everyone should take to ensure the coronavirus doesn’t spread such as washing hands regularly throughout the day, especially when you get to work or return home.

 

Birmingham City Council’s Director of Public Health, Justin Varney said:

 

“I’d like to reassure citizens that the risk to the general public remains low and Birmingham City Council is working with partners to do everything we can to stop the virus spreading and ensure the people of Birmingham are protected. Current evidence indicates that most cases appear to be mild, with patients experiencing flu-like symptoms. Older residents or those with weakened immune systems or long-term conditions may experience more severe symptoms, which is why it is important to help protect ourselves and each other. This is a good reminder to all of us to check in on neighbours and loved ones and be conscious of each other.

 

Following Government guidance to take basic hygiene precautions remains the best way of significantly reducing the chances of spreading any virus: sneeze or cough into a tissue, bin it, wash your hands frequently and don’t touch your face unless you’ve just washed your hands. We should do this regularly throughout the day. Good regular cleaning with normal detergent of surfaces people touch regularly or may cough onto, like door handles and lift buttons, is also sensible. People should log onto https://gov.uk/coronavirus for the latest advice and information.”

 

Department for Education Coronavirus helpline

 

We have launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

·         No school should close in response to a suspected (or confirmed) COVID-19 case unless directed to do so by Public Health England.

 

The importance of hygiene

Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19. Please help us in sharing simple and effective hand hygiene messages.

Public Health England has a dedicated webpage with a range of posters and digital materials at:

https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/resources/campaigns/101-coronavirus-/resources

Sign up is quick, free and means you will be alerted as more resources are made available.

 

Where to find the latest information

Updates on COVID-19:
https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Guidance for educational settings:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus

Confirmed cases after official testing

Please only use this form if you or a member of your household has a confirmed case (after official testing) of Coronavirus.

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