16th March 2020

Coronavirus update

Dear Parents / Carers

As you’re probably aware, the government’s guidance on the coronavirus has changed from the ‘contain’ phase to one of ‘delaying’ the spread of the virus.  I am writing to let you know what Mr Porter and the staff at our school are doing in light of this, and what we expect from all of you, to help make sure our school community keeps safe and calm.

We’d like to reassure you that as a Governing Body at Belle Vue we’re ensuring that the school is taking all of the necessary steps to protect our community and are continuing to follow official guidance from the government and Dudley LEA.

What’s the current situation?

  • The school remains open – this is the current official guidance we’ve been given
  • All school functions continue to run as normal, including before school and after school club.
  • Pupils should attend unless they feel unwell – if your child has any of the following symptoms, they should remain at home for 7 days:
  • a new, continuous cough and/or
  • a temperature
  • If your child is unwell, report this as you would normally do by calling the school.
  • We’ll keep you up to date with any changes to the current situation and changes to any activities in school
  • What we’re doing to protect and support pupils and staff

  • Reducing the amount of time spent in assemblies, carpet time etc
  • Sending any children home that are experiencing any symptoms
  • Increasing the level of cleaning taking place in key areas
  • Reducing the number of outside visitors to the school
  • What we need you to do

  • If you’ve recently changed your contact details, please inform the school office as soon as possible via email or telephone
  • Talk to your children about the coronavirus. It’s a scary time and we should make sure children feel supported. BBC Newsround has regular updates for younger children and YoungMinds has practical steps older children can take to help with anxiety
  • Come and collect your child straight away, if we ask you to (we’ll contact you if they become ill with either a temperature or a new, continuous cough)
  • Check that your child has access to the Google Classroom from home, and let us know if there are any issues (so we can make sure we’re well prepared for remote learning if the school does need to close at some point)
  • What happens if the school has to close?

    We’ll only close if we’re either officially advised to do so or we don’t have enough staff to run the school.

    In either case, we will:

  • Notify you via letter, our school website, our Belle Vue App or where necessary telephone.
  • Send out regular updates to advise you when school will reopen.
  • Provide information about the work that has been set for your child and what you can do to support them.
  • Please keep in mind that we’re only sending out this information to help the school community prepare. There are currently no plans to close.

    If you have any questions

    Please consult the:

  • School office, if you have any questions about our response to this issue
  • NHS, if you want to know more about the symptoms of coronavirus. If you think you or your child may have the symptoms, use NHS 111 online if at all possible before calling 111
  • Department for Education’s coronavirus helpline: 0800 046 8687, if you have any questions about the government’s response to coronavirus in relation to schools
  • It’s a tricky time and I know you’re worried, as we all are, about the impact this might have on our school and community. It’s important we keep each other safe and talk about these events to help with any anxiety our children may have.

    Thank you for your continued support.

    Emma Wilkes

    Chair of Governors

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