Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus.
We will continue to follow DfE guidance and provide you with additional up to date information when it is released by the government. More guidance and information can be found at https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Should you have concerns the Department for Education coronavirus helpline is 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
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
What are we doing about COVID-19 at Mexborough St John the Baptist Primary School?
Here at St John’s we are following advice from the DfE which is updated on a daily basis. The Government continue to stress that personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19 self-isolation should now be used to limit it's spread. If you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.
At school we:
Have carried out whole school assemblies about catch it, bin it, kill it and how to wash your hands. We have looked at NHS videos and the six steps to hand washing.
Hand washing posters are in every classroom and communal toilets to remind children about how to wash their hands thoroughly.
Encourage regular hand washing and insist that this happens at key points in the day e.g. before lunch.
Ensure that additional hand sanitizer has been made available around school. We are fortunate that we have a bulk stock of this so dispensers can be refilled at present.
Make tissues available in every classroom and in communal areas. School has purchased additional supplies of these to meet demand.
Continue to disinfect light switches, door handles, surfaces and chairs daily.
Have met with our school meals staff to ensure that dining furniture and dinner bands are disinfected daily.
Have purchased a no touch forehead thermometer to monitor pupils temperature in a hygienic way.
Have cancelled all school visits and visitors.
Have cancelled all whole school assemblies and collective worship.
Have asked parents and carers not to come into school with their children to limit the spread of the virus.
Contacted families of all pupils that have health issues to discuss minimising risk.
Have developed learning packs to be completed by pupils who are self-isolating.
Please help us to minimise risks by reinforcing good personal hygiene routines with your child / children at home.
Below are some useful hand washing and hygiene links:
Coughs and Sneezes: