School closure - 20th March 2020
In line with government direction, St. John’s will close to most pupils at the end of today. In order to all play our part, it is important that if children can stay safely at home they should do so to limit the chance of the virus spreading. Our school will remain open for those children of key workers who absolutely need to attend. When things begin to change, we will of course keep parents updated. Please be assured that all children on free school meals will be provided for and we have already advised parents of the provision for home learning. These are unprecedented times and we know that as parents you will work with us so that we come through this together.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) 18/03/2020
New guidance for households with symptoms
The Government has introduced new guidance on whole household isolation in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak:
The symptoms are:
The full stay at home guidance for households with these symptoms can be found here:
The UK Government is closely monitoring the spread of the Coronavirus.
We are following the latest advice and guidance:
People should not be unduly worried about the possibility of catching the coronavirus.
Please notify the school on the first day of self-isolation and do not return for 14 days.
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Your child should remain at home at all times.
You do not need to contact NHS 111 to tell them you’re staying at home.
If you are at all concerned about symptoms contact NHS 111 or use their online service.
If you do so, please notify the school and share any additional advice.
The best way for us to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus is to follow the latest guidance issued by the UK Government.
We are encouraging our colleagues, young people and visitors to:
Wash their hands often – with soap and water, or use alcohol sanitiser if handwashing facilities are not available;
Cover any coughs or sneezes with a tissue then throw it in the bin – in line with “Catch it, Bin it, Kill it”;
Contact NHS 111 if in any doubt about symptoms, notify the school and share the advice.
We have adapted our cleaning regime to focus on doors, handles, surfaces, handrails and boards as well as the regular emptying of bins;
We have put an educational programme in place for all young people that promotes good levels of hygiene, handwashing and “Catch it, Bin it, Kill it”;
We have a plan for supporting children with their education in case of school closure. Plans to ensure the school runs efficiently during the pandemic are also in place.
We will continue to follow the UK Government’s guidance, and provide updates via our website.
Please note in line with our attendance policy you will still be required to inform the school of any reason for absence.