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Coronavirus Update

Following on from yesterdays advice from the government, please find below details of the plan we have in place for the Nursery School.

 

This plan covers these five eventualities:

  1. Preventing the spread
  2. Suspected case
  3. Confirmed case
  4. Staff absences
  5. Government shut down of schools.

 

  1. Preventing the spread

There are general principles anyone can follow to help prevent the spread of the virus:

  • Washing your hands often - with soap and water, or use alcohol sanitiser if handwashing facilities are not available. This is particularly important after taking public transport
  • Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in a bin.
  • Children, staff and visitors should wash their hands:
    • before leaving home
    • on arrival at nursery
    • after using the toilet
    • after being outside
    • before snack and lunch
    • before leaving nursery
    • on arrival back at home
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
  • We will be cleaning and disinfecting resources and surfaces regularly

 

2 Suspected case of Corona Virus

 

  • The Department of Education and NHS have asked that if anyone has a new or continuous cough OR a high temperature (37.8 degrees or higher) within the household, you should all stay at home (self isolate) for 14 days. This applies to both children and staff.
  • All child absences will be followed up by the admin team and asked for the reason for absence. If they are showing symptoms they will be asked to stay at home for 14 days and will be advised that they DO NOT need to call 111 unless they cannot cope with their symptoms or symptoms become worse. We will remind parents NOT to take their child to a GP, pharmacy or hospital.
  • After 14 days of the child or member of staff staying at home, they will be contacted and able to return to nursery if their symptoms have passed. If their symptoms continue, we will then advise that they do now call 111 for advice.
  • We will inform the governors of any suspected cases.
  • If the child or member of staff have been in the building since showing symptoms we will need to seek advice from Public Health England regarding closures and deep cleaning.

 

Confirmed case of Corona Virus

If a member of staff or child has been diagnosed with Corona Virus.

  • The head will inform the local authority, Governors and Public Health England.
  • We will then follow advice from Public Health England regarding next steps.
  • The admin team to inform parent/carers via letter, Facebook and email.

 

4 Staff absences

 

  • Staff will inform senior leaders prior to entering the building if they are showing any of the symptoms of Corona Virus, and will be asked to stay at home for 14 days.
  • Senior leaders will maintain contact out of school hours to ensure that a dynamic plan is in place regarding staff absence, with the children’s safety in mind.
  • If multiple members of staff are absent due to illness or family self isolation, the head will make the decision whether or not to close the nursery – dependent on which staff are affected and whether we are able to safely keep the nursery open.  
  • We will keep the Chair of Governors informed on the situation regarding staffing.

 

5 Government shut down of schools

If the government advise all schools to shut, this is out of our control and we will need to follow the advice and guidance given. We will remain in contact with parents throughout the closure via email and our facebook page. Parents are reminded to ensure we have an up to date email address for these purposes.

If you have a contract for your childcare and pay for some or all of their hours, you will not be charged if the nursery is forced to close. However, if your child is unwell (self-isolating) you will still be charged as the nursery is still open.

 

For up to date information on the Corona virus please visit the government website:

https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

 

 

 

 

 

 

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