Health Matters Letter 1

17th March 2020

Dear Parents,

At this point in time schools have been asked to remain open and until advised otherwise St James’ Catholic Primary will remain open.

We are, of course, keeping an eye on all government advice and more specifically advice from Public Health England. The current advice is that if anyone in the household has a new, continuous cough or a fever (defined as above 37.8 degrees) then the whole household has to self-isolate for 14 days.

We, therefore, require parents to keep children with these symptoms and their siblings at home, self-isolating for fourteen days.

We understand that this may be difficult but we know that you all understand the reason for doing it.

Do not worry about attendance because if you are self-isolating there is a new code that we can use that will mean that it doesn’t impact on attendance figures.

Last week we added a new page to our website, it is under “Class Pages” and is entitled “What can I do at home?”. There is a list of websites that the children can access from home and a list of projects that they can choose from and we will make a big display of these when everyone is back at school.

We have received notification from the FA, Tameside Sports Partnership and girlguidinguk that football, sporting competitions and guide meetings have been suspended until further notice, so we are following suit and cancelling all after school activities. Following government guidelines about large gatherings we have also decided to cancel Parents’ Evening, Class Masses and Community Assemblies.

The intention is to just keep things simple, work school hours in class sized groups and keep everyone as safe as we possibly can. I know that you will all support us in this.