Coronavirus - Anti-infection Spread Plan

North Ealing Primary School

Published 16th March 2020

The UK Government recently moved from its ‘contain’ to its ‘delay’ phase, which introduced new procedures to help slow the spread of Coronavirus. In response to this, we have updated our anti-infection spread plan.

Our plan has two main aims; to encourage excellent hygiene and to limit our community’s potential exposure to the virus.

Hygiene

All the children have been taught to wash their hands correctly, they use warm water and soap to clean the front, back and individual fingers on their hands. We have stocked all the classrooms and toilets with soap and have put in place additional antibacterial cleaning of frequently touched areas, such as door handles, every day.

To avoid spreading infection, NHS advice is:

Wash your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds and whenever you:

  • get home, or into work or school
  • blow your nose, sneeze or cough
  • eat or handle food

Children at NES wash their hands:

  • upon arrival to school
  • before and after break and lunchtimes
  • whenever they use the bathroom
  • before eating
  • if they sneeze, cough or blow their nose
  • at other times as needed (with permission of the teacher)

Children are allowed to bring in hand sanitisers (named) to school, and we suggest using them in addition to hand washing, not as a replacement. Sanitisers can be kept in children’s drawers, lockers or bags.

Limiting our Exposure

Effective from Tuesday 17th March (some changes are already in place), and until further notice, we will be implementing the following changes to the normal operation of the school.

Please read this list:

  • If your child is experiencing a new cough or a fever, they must self-isolate for 7 days. During self-isolation children should be at least 2 metres away from everyone at home. If this isn’t possible, please keep all siblings off school for 7 days too. These absences will be authorised
  • Children with underlying health conditions such as asthma please can parents be vigilant and seek advice from their health professionals
  • All medication for children must be up to date and in school
  • Parents and carers must come to collect their child/ren from school immediately if staff are concerned that their children have symptoms. We need full cooperation on this because we all have a responsibility to the whole community.
  • Please ensure that we have your up to date contact details and you are available at all times
  • If you need to contact the school office please telephone or email rather than come in person where possible
  • The school will be minimising the employment of supply/cover teachers for absences, as these staff will have visited other schools recently.
  • We will be postponing all trips until Easter break. We are making enquiries into new dates. Please give us time to complete these and contact affected families.
  • Swimming sessions for Y4 are cancelled – effective immediately.
  • All Sports competitions and any large events will not go-ahead.
  • All Class assemblies will be postponed-1L assembly will not go ahead this Friday 20th March
  • All external clubs will be cancelled, with the exception of the after school club provision in the Children’s House.
  • All Teacher clubs will be cancelled as we have a number of staff absent and we are trying to manage the school day.
  • No volunteers will be allowed in school. This includes reading helpers, parents or others.
  • No visitors or professionals will come to school. This includes, but is not limited to, SEN professionals, Music Teachers and any other planned visitors.
  • All our out-of-hours lettings are cancelled (this is when the school is used by other organisations)
  • We are assessing Lunchtime routines in order to minimise the number of children together in a confined space.
  • Staff will not attend external training
  • ALL PTA events will be cancelled up until the Easter break
  • No family sharing sessions in EYFS

Possible Closures, and provision for children

Current advice is for schools to remain open. However, if our staff numbers are very low and it is unsafe we may be forced to close if:

  • we have an inadequate number of staff to cover those members of staff self-isolating ;
  • the capacity of the leadership Group (HT, DHT, AHT) is compromised
  • our emergency evacuation points are shut down

Online Learning

In the instance of school closure, we are in the process of preparing suggested work for each year group via a variety of platforms, across different subjects. (This will include using Google drive, myUSO, logging in through the school website, reading, maths, and writing activities.) More information to follow…

Read our advice about staying at home

Please read this advice, issued by the NHS for the United Kingdom: Click here.

Latest Government Advice

Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms

  • Stay at home for 7 days if you have either:
  • a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
  • a new, continuous cough – this means you’ve started coughing repeatedly

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

  • You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home.
  • Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you’re staying at home.

If you require urgent advice

Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:

  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • your condition gets worse
  • your symptoms do not get better after 7 days
  • Use the 111 coronavirus service
  • Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.

  • Department for Education Coronavirus helpline
    Phone: 0800 046 8687
  • Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
  • Opening hours: 8 am to 6 pm (Monday to Friday)

In summary

  • We take the safety of all children and staff at NES seriously, and will always put them first in our decision making.
  • As the government and local authority send through any additional guidelines or advice, rest assured that we will act upon these promptly.

PLEASE CAN ALL PARENTS CHECK THE SCHOOL WEBSITE, EMAILS AND SCHOOL COMMS FOR UPDATES (as we do not have the capacity to reply to individual concerns and queries)

Thanks for your full cooperation,

Mrs Flowers

The school office and pupil absence

In order to help the office staff deal with the increased capacity during these difficult times we are introducing the following restrictions:

Pupil Absence

We are suspending all telephone calls regarding the absence. Please let us know by email: admin@northealing.ealing.sch.uk

  • In each case, put your child’s first and surname + class name in the subject header when writing to admin.
  • If your children are self-isolating then simply write that in the body of the email and they will be marked absent for 7 days. Please do not add any other detail as your decision to isolate will not be queried.
  • If your child is absent for a different reason – sickness not related to the Coronavirus or something else – please give that detail in the main body of the email. Again, put your child’s name and class in the subject header.
  • If your child has a medical appointment, please keep them off school for the whole day as collection and dropping off will be difficult. Please notify us if this is the case admin@northealing.ealing.sch.uk

Visiting and contacting the school

The main school office will be closed to visitors, including parents/carers for most of the school day.

  • Any queries should be sent to the school by email at admin@northealing.ealing.sch.uk again with your child’s name and class in the subject header.
  • Although the emails will be checked daily, matters the school regards to be non-urgent may take up to 5 days to be replied to.
  • The school should only be telephoned if the issue is serious in terms of safeguarding, immediate risk or serious incident.
  • If you have any items that cannot be emailed there will be a box outside the office where you can leave forms etc.
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