Coronavirus update 16th March 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

We have received guidance from the Local Authority since the Prime Minister’s address this evening.

The UK government's aim is to delay the spread of the disease and reduce the epidemic's peak (when the number of cases is highest).

Today (16th March), Prime Minster Boris Johnson announced significant new measures to tackle the outbreak. Schools will remain open but anyone with a fever or persistent cough should stay at home for 14 days (this includes those children who have been previously asked to self-isolate for 7 days and now includes siblings in the household). This measure also extends to anyone else who lives in the household.

As a school we will continue to act on advice given to us from the Local Authority and are aware that this is a fast changing situation. We will continue to update you as information and guidance is shared.

I have met with staff and the Chair of Governors today and this evening to discuss ways of providing home learning remotely. We are meeting again tomorrow to look at how WEDUC can support home learning and our existing subscription with Education City, there are also a number of other options. We will keep you informed and will offer WEDUC guidance over next couple of days. I recommend that you download the WEDUC app if you haven’t already.  Please do not hesitate to contact the school office should you require assistance.

In the meantime, please refer to government websites for the most recent updates and advice and ring NHS 111 should you have any concerns about your or your family's health.

Thank you for your patience and commitment to keeping calm and showing kindness and support to each other during this extremely difficult period.

James Searjeant

Head teacher

Wyborne Primary School 


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Dear Parents and Carers,   As mentioned last night we were waiting for advice from the government with more information with which pupils can still attend school from Monday 23rd March. The following as been announced.  The most recent scientific advice on how to further limit the spread of COVID-19 is clear. If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading. That is why the government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend. It is important to underline that schools, colleges and other educational establishments remain safe places for children. But the fewer children making the journey to school, and the fewer children in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society. Schools are, therefore, being asked to continue to provide care for a limited number of children - children who are vulnerable and children whose parents are critical to the Covid-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home. Vulnerable children include children who are supported by social care, those with safeguarding and welfare needs, including child in need plans, on child protection plans, ‘looked after’ children, young carers, disabled children and those with education, health and care (EHC) plans. Parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined below. Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. And every child who can be safely cared for at home should be. Please, therefore, follow these key principles: If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be. If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them. Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions. Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults. Residential special schools, boarding schools and special settings continue to care for children wherever possible. If your work is critical to the COVID-19 response, or you work in one of the critical sectors listed below, and you cannot keep your child safe at home then your children will be prioritised for education provision: 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. Transport 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. 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Thank you again for you support.   James Searjeant Head Teacher Wyborne Primary School 
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Coronavirus update 19th March 2020

Dear Parents/Carers, Following the announcement yesterday of school closures for the majority of children, we have been working at school to establish how we will meet the needs of vulnerable children, those with Education Health Care Plans and the children of essential Key Workers. As you are aware the government has still not produced the list of who are essential key workers. I appreciate this is very frustrating for many of you but we are expecting this list to be published soon and I will share it with you once it is announced. Once it is announced please continue to inform as soon as you can if Key Worker status applies to you. This will ensure that we can successfully plan for Monday 23rd March.  The Royal Greenwich plan is that all schools will open on Monday as usual for the children listed above.  I am aware that many of you will be concerned about bulk buying and stock piling. Some of the reports are shocking. I think it is important to be respectful at these times to ensure all of the community are supported especially the most vulnerable and elderly. Our catering provider at the moment is working with Royal Greenwich to ensure that all children entitled to Free School Meals or those with nil recourse to public funds will receive a packed lunch. I am waiting to hear from the Local Authority as to how the distribution of these packed lunches will work. I will again update you as soon as more information is released.  Teachers are still working hard on our home learning app and are committed to providing learning tasks for the pupils that can no longer attend school. I am very proud of all staff at Wyborne, they are showing true professionalism and commitment to your children's education. None of us have ever experienced something like this before and the teachers are busy ensuring that there will be curriculum related work available.  I am also extremely proud of the parents, carers and children at Wyborne school. Many have you have been so supportive with your kind words and offers of help and support. I am lucky to lead such a wonderful and caring school. We also have Key Worker parents that are ready and prepared to fight during this crisis. We can all play our part.  I will continue to update you as much as I can and as announcements come out from Royal Greenwich. Thank you for your continued support during this very challenging time.  Please follow government advice to reduce the spread of Covid-19. James Searjeant Head teacher Wyborne Primary School 
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