16th March 2020
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 Guardian Angels we’re taking all of the necessary steps to protect our community and are continuing to follow official guidance from the government and Tower Hamlets 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 – breakfast club, after school club and after school enrichment clubs will all remain open so long as we have the staff to run them
- 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
- a temperature of 37.8 and above
- If your child is unwell, report this as you would normally by calling the school office
- All school trips involving public transport have been postponed (including swimming lessons)
We’ll keep you up to date with any changes to the current situation, so please look out for messages from the school, on the website and via email (please make sure the school has up to date contact details for you).
What we’re doing to protect and support pupils and staff
- If a child feels ill on the school premises we will call you and ask you to take them home
- All children and staff must wash their hands when entering the school building and at regular intervals throughout the day such as after playtime, before lunch, after lunch and before home time. Unfortunately, we have been unable to purchase any hand sanitizer so if you have some, please give it to your child to use at regular intervals throughout the day
- Teachers are running lessons for pupils about hygiene and supporting some children in how to deal with anxiety
What we need you to do
- If you’ve recently changed your contact details, please inform the school office as soon as possible via email or telephone
- 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)
So we can make sure we’re well prepared for remote learning, if the school does need to close at some point, we are in the process of setting up an online learning platform via Google Classroom (this will go live by Wednesday lunchtime, more information to follow).
- Every child has a login for Timetables Rock stars – if your child cannot remember their login they can ask their teacher. You will find your child’s logins inside their home learning book.
- Teachers will set work via the Google Classroom site and more detailed information will be posted on the school website regarding how to access/use it in the coming days. Please check your child’s login is at home and contact your child’s class teacher if you have any problems accessing this
- We will also send home packs of work for each child in every class
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:
- Contact you via text and post information on the school website
- We’ll let you know when the school will be reopened via text message and the school website
Please keep in mind that we’re only sending out this information to help the school community prepare. There are currently no plans to close.
Please ensure that we have the correct mobile telephone number for you as text message is the easiest form of communication between the school and parents/carers.
If you have any questions
Please consult the:
- School office, if you have any questions about our response to this issue
- NHS, if you want to know more about the symptoms of coronavirus. If you think you or your child may have the symptoms, use NHS 111 online if at all possible before calling 111
- 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.
Mrs. Sheila Mouna
Executive Head Teacher