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Coronavirus Advice

Coronavirus School Closure update Summer Term Opening: 05/06/2020

As we welcome Year 6 back on Monday the 8th June and Reception and Year 1 children on the 15th June I want to thank all our parents and carers for their fantastic support over these past few months. Please see the letters below for additional details about the reopening of Freeman. 

Coronavirus School Closure update Summer Term Opening: 28/05/2020

Freeman Community Primary School will be open to provide childcare for vulnerable children, for example children with a social worker or an Education Health Care Plan, and those parents who are critical/key workers during the school closure period. This is for any child where one of the parents is a critical/key worker who will be working on that day where their child cannot be kept safely at home. Proof of role may be requested. We will be open the normal school hours of 8.40am to 3.15pm with drop off and collection taking place at the front of the school whilst respecting the social distancing guidance.

A copy of all the letter sent to parents can be found at the bottom of this page. 

Coronavirus School Closure update: 01/04/2020

Following the response to the Easter opening request I can confirm that Freeman Community Primary School will be open during the Easter holiday to provide childcare for vulnerable children, these are children with a social worker or an Education Health Care Plan, and those parents who are critical/key workers. This is for any child where one of the parents is a critical/key worker who will be working on that day where their child cannot be kept safely at home. We will be open the normal school hours of 8.40am to 3.15pm from Monday 6th April to Thursday 12th April and Tuesday 17th April to Friday 20th April. 

Home Learning packs can be found under the classes drop down menu on this website and then select your child's class. Online Learning links can be found under the classes drop down menu and selecting online learning resources atthe bottom of the drop down menu. 

Changes to Government Advice update: 24/03/2020
The Prime Minister issued new instructions on the 23rd March, that people are only allowed to leave their homes for specific reasons, such as:

  • Shopping for "basic necessities", as infrequently as possible. People should use delivery services, where they can
  • Medical reasons, to provide care, or to help a vulnerable person
  • Travelling to and from work, but only if it is "absolutely necessary"

People must not meet friends or family members who do not live with them.

Key Advice for Pupils and Staff:

People must stay at home if they have either:

  • A high temperature – they feel hot to touch on their chest or back
  • A new, continuous cough – this means they have started coughing repeatedly
  • You do not need to contact 111 to tell them they are staying at home, but you must keep them at home for 7 days If anyone you live with has either of these symptoms, the entire household should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms
  • If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days.
  • If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.

The Government has pointed out that some people may be more vulnerable than others and may be at an increased risk of severe illness from Coronavirus due to underlying health conditions. The government advises that these people should be particularly stringent in following social distancing measures and it is advised they should be at home. These underlying conditions are listed in this Government document. If you have one of these underlying health conditions please consider this advice carefully.

Coronavirus Advice, updated: 19/03/2020
Following the government announcement on the 18th March 2020 all schools will be closed from Monday 23rd March 2020 for all children except children of key workers (details to be confrmed) and vulnerable children. Please see the newsletters below for additional information communicated by the school. 

Key Advice for Pupils and Staff:

  • If a person has a new continuous cough OR high temperature (37.8 degrees or higher) they should self isolate at home for 7 days.
  • If their conditions begin to deteriorate beyond this then they should contact NHS 111.

The Importance of Hygiene
Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19, especially washing hands more; and the catch it, bin it, kill it strategy for those with coughs and sneezes. Wash your hands more often for 20 seconds with soap and hot water. Watch this short NHS film for guidance:

Teach young children how to wash their hands with the NHS handwashing song:


In addition to handwashing before eating and after sneezing, both children and staff should also wash hands after using toilets and after travelling on public transport.

If You Have Been Abroad Recently
There are some countries and areas where there's a higher chance of coming into contact with someone with coronavirus. This link details what they are and what to do if you have recently been to one:
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/advice-for-travellers/

Government Coronavirus Action Plan
The government coronavirus action plan sets out what the UK has done to tackle coronavirus (COVID-19), and what we plan to do next. The situation is constantly reviewed and action informed by expert science and advice, guided by the Chief Medical Officer and the Chief Scientific Adviser. The action plan can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-action-plan

Action Plan Stages
The action plan sets out a four-phased approach in response to coronavirus – Contain, Delay, Mitigate, and Research, based on the latest scientific evidence. The current emphasis is on the Contain and Research phases, however planning for Delay and Mitigation is already in train and the Government has stated we have now entered the delay phase.

Where to Find the Latest Information
Updates on COVID-19: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

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