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COVID-19 Update

We would like to take this opportunity to provide you with an update regarding the global corona virus outbreak and the steps we are taking to manage the current situation at Anglo European School.

There are currently no confirmed cases of the virus within the school community. We will notify you if this situation changes. We have raised awareness of good hygiene in school via posters and presentations during registration. Our cleaning team have increased their focus on surfaces, door handles and bannister rails. Signs produced for schools by the government reminding everyone to wash their hands have been placed in toilets to complement the “catch it, bin it, kill it” posters which we already had. Please support us by continuing to remind your children to wash their hands (with soap) more frequently, especially after using the toilet and before eating. We have installed additional sanitisers and have more on order.

The school continues to follow the advice from Public Health England (PHE) and the Department of Education (DfE), which is updated on a daily basis. A link to the Public Health England website is provided here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-list-of-guidance

Please follow advice on infection control:

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is now available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

  Phone: 0800 046 8687

  Email: [email protected]

  Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

In addition to calling NHS 111, there is now an NHS 111 online short survey you can answer if you are concerned that you may have symptoms relating to COVID-19  https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19

At the moment, the school remains open and there is no intention to close schools in the immediate future. We will follow the advice from Public Health England regarding the need for closure and will communicate the decision to parents and carers if the situation changes. The government’s action plan raised the possibility of future school closures, regardless of whether or not a school has a confirmed case of the virus. Its strategy will need to respond to events as they develop and we will continue to follow the government’s advice and guidance.

Guidance for Parents & Carers in the event of an enforced school closure, following Public Health England guidance:

If we are, in the future, advised to close during term time, the closure would not be considered a holiday. Staff and students would be expected to work, with tasks and assignments being set for students by teachers via Show My Homework. All students and staff would be expected to be available to work during the normal school timetable. We would ask parents/carers to support this work where possible. In the event this is actioned, more specific information will follow.

We would therefore ask parents/carers to support us, and be understanding of the difficult decisions we have to make. Working together will mean we will be able to keep our children safe and minimise the disruption to their education. Please help us by not making unnecessary enquiries to the office or to staff directly; we will keep you updated if the situation changes.

Infection Control

In the immediate weeks ahead, we will be limiting events taking place at school which involve a considerable number of external visitors to the school. Therefore, we have taken the decision to postpone the Eisteddfod and the Year 7 Parents’ Evenings. We will review events after Easter in due course. With regards to the international visits due to depart in the summer term, we are awaiting further details from the Department for Education. We will update you as soon as we have more information.

 If your child or any member of your family shows symptoms, you should keep your child at home and inform the school immediately.