St. Gabriel's Catholic Primary School

Parent's Information

 

 

 


Update Friday 13th March 2020

 

Dear Parents

 

It was good to speak with so many of you, both at the gates this morning and this afternoon and also on the phone. I appreciated the open, honest manner in which so many of you have informed us of ongoing circumstances at home.

 

I do need to clarify two points, for your information –

1.   Staffordshire County Council have confirmed to us the following position around attendance.

Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms

  • A high temperature
  • A new, continuous cough

 

You DO NOT need to contact NHS 111 to tell them you are staying at home but YOU DO NEED TO TELL US AT SCHOOL.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

 

If a parent has been advised by a medical professional to ‘self-isolate’ their child, school will need the name/source of the advice, when it was given and the period of self-isolation in order to mark the absence as AUTHORISED.  A child would be expected to return after the isolation.  If a parent decides to keep their child off school without medical reasons, whilst recognising the worries and concerns that some parents have, the Headteacher will be expected to record the absence as UNAUTHORISED.

 

2.  All schools have been asked to establish a safe area for any child who is unwell and may have symptoms of CORONAVIRUS.

 

This should be a room, ideally with a shut door and with an open window for ventilation.  For now, we have decided the Quiet Room, next to Mr Bright’s office, will be designated as the Isolation Area.  A child will be safe in here whilst parents are called.  Parents should then take advice from NHS 111.  People who become unwell SHOULD NOT GO to their GP, PHARMACY or HOSPITAL.

Thank you again for your support and understanding at this time.  Our only interest is the best interests for our children, staff, parents and carers.

 

Yours sincerely

 

John Hayes

Headteacher


 

UPDATE - Wednesday 11th March 2020

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

The cleaning process of the site continues.

 

It is still anticipated that this will have been completed successfully tomorrow afternoon. We therefore still plan to re-open on Friday 13th March.

 

I would like to stress that the risk remains very low and the clean is taking place as a precautionary measure. If you or your family are feeling unwell and are concerned about the coronavirus then the advice is to contact NHS 111.

 

I would like to apologise again for any inconvenience this closure has caused and thank you for your continued support and co-operation on this matter.

 

Yours sincerely

John P Hayes

Headteacher

 


UPDATE TWO – Tuesday 10th March 2020.

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

The thorough cleaning of the site has now commenced. Based on progress made so far today, we still anticipate being able to re – open on this Friday (13th).

If this changes I will update you.

Can I again ask parents and carers not to speculate on social media around the identity of the member of staff. It is important that we respect their confidentiality and avoid unnecessary intrusions as they recover at home.

Incorrectly naming members of staff as the person with coronavirus on social media is also distressing for everyone.

I would like to stress that the risk remains very low and the clean is taking place as a precautionary measure.

If you or your family are feeling unwell and are concerned about the coronavirus then the advice is to contact NHS 111.

I would like to apologise again for any inconvenience this closure has caused and thank you for your continued support and co-operation on this matter.

Yours sincerely

John P Hayes

Headteacher

 


UPDATE TUESDAY 10th MARCH 

 

Staffordshire County Council Press Statement

 


UPDATE MONDAY 9th MARCH

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

A number of meetings and conversations have taken place today to put in place a specialist cleaning team. A thorough clean of the whole site at St.Gabriel’s will  now commence on Tuesday morning (10th).

 

I have been informed that this will take up to 3 full days to complete. This is subject to the progress of cleaning. We therefore aim to re-open on Friday 13th at the very latest and sooner if it all possible.

 

We will update you if this changes. 

 

Can I also ask all parents and carers to avoid speculation on social media around the identity of the member of staff as it is important that we respect their confidentiality and avoid any unnecessary intrusion as they recover at home. I would like to stress that the risk remains very low and the clean is taking place as a precautionary measure.

 

If you or your family are feeling unwell and are concerned about the coronavirus then the advice is to contact NHS 111.

 

I would like to apologise again for any inconvenience this closure has caused and thank you for your continued support and co-operation on this matter.

 

Yours sincerely

 

John P Hayes

Headteacher

 


 

Closure of school Tomorrow, Monday 9th March 2020

 

Dear Parents and Carers

 

St Gabriel’s School (and Pre-School) will be closed for a few days from Monday 9th March in order to undertake a thorough clean of the building.

 

The reason for this is that a member of staff has been confirmed as a case of coronavirus. The staff member had not been at school for a number of days and was not displaying symptoms on their last day of work. I am sure you will join me in sending St Gabriel’s best wishes to the member of staff.

 

We have been in touch with Public Health England and Staffordshire County Council and, as the staff member has been absent for more than a week, the risk of picking up the virus remains low and the most effective way of stopping the spread is by washing your hands regularly.

 

However, as a precaution, I have decided to organise a thorough clean of the building so the school will be closed from Monday for a few days. We will reopen as soon as we can and we will keep parents updated.

 

There is no need for parents, staff or children to take any further action. However, of course, if you or a member of your family is feeling unwell and you are worried about the virus then please do contact NHS 111 for advice.

 

Given the media attention about the virus at the moment, it is important that we all respect the patient confidentially of the member of staff and I would like to thank you for your cooperation in the matter.

 

I apologise for any inconvenience and the short notice of the closure tomorrow, but this is the right thing to do, in order to reassure everyone who attends the school.

 

I look forward to seeing everyone back at school as soon as possible.

 

Yours sincerely

 

John P Hayes

Headteacher