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Posted on: 16th Mar 2020

Dear Parent / Carer

Further to the Government’s announcement today I write to reiterate the additional measures that have been put in place to delay the spread of Coronavirus. However, I also wish to re-assure you that at this present time there continues to be no confirmed case of Coronavirus at Broomhill Bank school that would increase the risk to students and staff.

The announcements today encapsulated additional measures and built upon the current measures that have already been acted upon at Broomhill Bank School. There continues to be a requirement for any member of staff, student or contractor who is experiencing a high fever (+37.8) and or has a new or persistent cough to stay at home.

This now extends to your whole household; if anyone is exhibiting symptoms you and your family should now stay at home for 14 days.

Please notify the school office in the usual way if your child will be absent from school and if you or anyone in your household is experiencing Coronavirus symptoms.

Today the Prime Minister identified specific groups of people who are at greater risk should they contract the virus; these groups of people are:

  • Those who are over the age of 70 
  • Pregnant women
  • Individuals with underlying health concerns
  • Specific pre-existing medical conditions as detailed on the Gov.Uk web page – please see link below
  • Those who have received a Doctors request to receive a flu vaccine in the past

As a special school we have a number of students who have a pre-existing medical condition, and this places them at an increased risk during this unprecedented period.  Should you, your child or member of your family within your household fall into any of the above categories and you feel that you wish to abide by the Government recommendation on social distancing, we will respect your decision.

Therefore, if you choose not to send your child into school their absence will be authorised and will not adversely impact their attendance record.

This will also apply if your child has a pre-existing or underlying health condition that you feel places them at increased risk either during their extended travel to and from school or whilst at school. In both circumstances I would now expect that period of isolation to increase from 7 days to 14 days from the first day of absence. This is in line with the Government’s recommendation.  This period of absence will be authorised and will not negatively affect their attendance record.

We continue to follow the guidance provided by the Government, DfE and Public Health England and you will note from today’s announcement that schools are not closing at this time. However, I fully expect that we will be requested to close at some point prior to the Easter break. Contingency planning is well underway for this eventuality and resource packs are being prepared for students to access schoolwork both hard copy and via their Surface Go Tablet in the event of a closure.

I take this opportunity to thank you for your on-going support at this time.

Yours faithfully

Mr Steven Ackerley - Executive Headteacher

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