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Updated News - School is open

Dear Parents/Carers

You will know by now that Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that schools in the UK will close today, Friday 20th March to prevent the further spread of coronavirus. This is apart from schools looking after vulnerable children like The Livity School and for children of key workers. We will therefore be keeping the school open as best we can. We do, however, understand and support any parent/carer who wishes to keep their child at home during this difficult time. We have been contacting you all by telephone to explain this situation and to confirm if you intend to send your child to school from Monday 23rd March.

It is vitally important that we are able to keep in contact with you at this time of rapid change and request that you let us know if any of your contact details need updating. This includes telephone numbers, email addresses, home addresses and emergency contacts. We are currently finalizing a contact plan for pupils and their families and will aim to contact you at least twice a week from Monday 23rd March to check how everyone is and offer any support that we can. Please contact the school office on the number 0208 769 1009 if you need help in the meantime.

We are following instructions regarding providing vouchers for pupils who have free school meals but who are unable to attend school from Monday 23rd March. We will contact those of you that this applies to when we have finalized these arrangements.

Please continue to follow the Government’s advice regarding Coronavirus – please see the end of this letter and look out for updates and information about the situation from the school that will be posted our school website.

I will write to you again at the end of next week to update you with the current situation. Please do take care of yourselves and your families at this difficult time.

Best wishes

Joanna Tarrant

Acting Executive HeadTeacher

Stay at home: guidance for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection  Updated 20 March 2020

Symptoms - The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of: 1. new continuous cough and/or

2. high temperature   For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

Main messages

  • if you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus illness (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started. (The ending isolation section below has more information)
  • if you live with others and you are the first in the household to have symptoms of coronavirus, then you must stay at home for 7 days, but all other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill. See the explanatory diagram
  • for anyone else in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14 day isolation period. The ending isolation section below has more information, and see the explanatory diagram
  • it is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community
  • if you can, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period
  • if you cannot move vulnerable people out of your home, stay away from them as much as possible
  • if you have coronavirus symptoms:
    • do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital
    • you do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home
    • testing for coronavirus is not needed if you’re staying at home
  • plan ahead and ask others for help to ensure that you can successfully stay at home and consider what can be done for vulnerable people in the household
  • ask your employer, friends and family to help you to get the things you need to stay at home
  • wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water, or use hand sanitiser
  • if you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, or your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days, then use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service. If you do not have internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999