This page contains advice relating to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
The symptoms of Coronavirus are:
If you think you have symptoms of Coronavirus, please contact NHS 111 online at 111.nhs.uk. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111 for advice.
If your child becomes unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature, they are to stay off school and the whole household is to self-isolate for 14 days.
How to stop the virus from spreading?
Department for Education Coronavirus Helpline
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am-6pm (Monday to Friday), 10am-4pm (Saturday and Sunday)
Schools are now closed
We have been instructed to close the school to almost all children after Friday 20th March 2020 until further notice.
As advised by the government, we will do all we can to stay open on an emergency basis for children with Education Health Care Plans (EHCPs) and Social Worker involvement should families wish us to do so. Pupils who do not fall into these groups should remain at home with appropriate adult supervision. Children with at least one parent or carer who are identified as critical workers by the government can send their children to school if required, who come under the attribute of ‘key workers’ are listed below;
Health and social care
This includes but is not limited to doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, and other frontline health and social care staff including volunteers; the support and specialist staff required to maintain the UK’s health and social care sector; those working as part of the health and social care supply chain, including producers and distributers of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment.
Education and childcare
This includes nursery and teaching staff, social workers and those specialist education professionals who must remain active during the COVID-19 response to deliver this approach.
Key public services
This includes those essential to the running of the justice system, religious staff, charities and workers delivering key frontline services, those responsible for the management of the deceased, and journalists and broadcasters who are providing public service broadcasting.
Local and national government
This only includes those administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the COVID-19 response or delivering essential public services such as the payment of benefits, including in government agencies and arms length bodies.
Food and other necessary goods
This includes those involved in food production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines).
Public safety and national security
This includes police and support staff, Ministry of Defence civilians, contractor and armed forces personnel (those critical to the delivery of key defence and national security outputs and essential to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic), fire and rescue service employees (including support staff), National Crime Agency staff, those maintaining border security, prison and probation staff and other national security roles, including those overseas.
This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the COVID-19 response, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass.
Utilities, communication and financial services
This includes staff needed for essential financial services provision (including but not limited to workers in banks, building societies and financial market infrastructure), the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors (including sewerage), information technology and data infrastructure sector and primary industry supplies to continue during the COVID-19 response, as well as key staff working in the civil nuclear, chemicals, telecommunications (including but not limited to network operations, field engineering, call centre staff, IT and data infrastructure, 999 and 111 critical services), postal services and delivery, payments providers and waste disposal sectors.
If workers think they fall within the critical categories above they should confirm with their employer that, based on their business continuity arrangements, their specific role is necessary for the continuation of this essential public service.
We will continue to provide care, however, we will be organising this on a rota basis using available staff. The government have clearly stated that schools are to offer ‘safe spaces’ and not teach the national curriculum.
If your profession fits into one of these defined lists, we are asking you to inform us of whether you are intending to use Hawthorn Tree for child care facilities and to specify the days that your child(ren) will be on site. Please complete the contact form by Thursday 9th April 2020, 09:00am (for provision w/b 13th April 2020)