Letters and Communications: Spring/Sumer 2020, including Coronavirus support and advice
17th July: Headteacher's Newsletter - July 2020

Dear Parents,
Well, what can I say?! To use the most often-quoted word of recent months, the end of this academic year has been 'unprecedented'! There has certainly been no Summer Term like it during my 15 year teaching career. Whilst it could be easy to think about all the customary events that we have been unable to participate in, I'd prefer to focus on the adaptability, creativity and enthusiasm of the staff and pupils to ensure that there have still been so many positive school memories this term. Virtual May Day, Zoom class discussions, Home Learning successes, Sports Day in 'bubbles', online certificate presentations, a mass dance routine… the list is endless! As always, it is not possible to include everything in the newsletter, but remember that the school website is the place to visit for all the photos and updates from your child’s class. There really are some gems!

Please read the full letter here

Also see the following:
In addition to my end of year newsletter, I wanted to add some brief information regarding the return to school in September. As it stands, the Government's intention is for all pupils to return to school full-time from the start of the Autumn Term. As long as national or local restrictions aren't reimposed over the coming weeks, we are very much looking forward to the situation in school returning closer to 'normal'.

If you have read or listened to the news, you may have heard reference to maintaining 'bubbles' in some form, albeit full class sizes or more, that do not mix with other groups during the school day. We believe that we can make this work with minimal disruption to pupils and parents. It is likely that some form of staggered start/finish will be necessary, but we will aim to do this as quickly and efficiently as possible to avoid inconvenience for parents with children in multiple groups.

When the picture for September becomes clearer, we will let you know any specific details regarding measures that will need to be in place. Please look out for an email from school towards the end of August.

We are hopeful that our wrap-around care (Breakfast Club and Tree House) will be able to re-start in the Autumn Term and have set a provisional date of Monday 14th September for this to commence. We will contact you in the first week of term to confirm details.

Finally, we have made the decision to offer cold lunches for the first three weeks of term. If the kitchen is ready we will restart hot meals from week commencing 21st September. We will keep you updated.

For all families except new Maple class, please place your meal orders for week commencing 31st August by Wednesday 26th August.

Thank you
Iain Horner
6th July: New Class Arrangements 2020/21
Dear parents
The Governors and Senior Leadership Team have now finalised our staffing and class arrangements for the next academic year.

I am pleased to say that we are able to maintain very similar staffing levels and our five class model for 2020-21. Future projections in the medium term are obviously uncertain as the country begins its recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. Although the government has announced a significant package of funding for education to help pupils 'catch up' on lost learning time, it is likely that all schools will continue to face financial pressures as this is unlikely to reverse recent real-terms cuts in funding.

Please read the full letter here
1st July: Leavers' Week Information

Dear Year 6 Parents,
We are writing to let you know about the arrangements for your child’s final 'Leavers' Week' at school. We appreciate that this is relatively short notice, but it was only possible to finalise the plans after evaluating the return to school of Years 2-5 that is taking place this week.

Our aim is to maximise the time that the Year 6s are able to spend in school for their final week at primary school and give them the opportunity to share in some events as a whole cohort if possible. Therefore, we feel that the attached plan enables us to do that within the constraints of staffing, space and current restrictions. As much as we would love to have them in school 'full-time', it is unfortunately not possible. As you will see, each child has three days in school during the week, one in their usual house group and two when the whole year group are attending at the same time. However, please be aware that, when this is the case, the groups will still not be ‘'mixing' as per the regulations. Anything that they participate in jointly will be conducted outside on the school field, with appropriate spacing between the two groups. However, we feel that sharing those moments as a whole year group will be important and, even though they will be very different to normal, we think that we can still make them really enjoyable. As you know, we are unfortunately not able to invite parents into school for these events, but we will endeavour to film as much as possible to share with you afterwards.

If your child is in Penrose or Jersey, you will note that they won’t be attending on the Monday (13th) of that week (as per their usual timetable) and we apologise for any inconvenience caused by the change of days. However, we felt that the chance to attend for an extra day, to see the other half of the year group and to have the chance to finish together on the Friday was preferable to sticking to the current rota. Key worker places are available on the Monday if absolutely necessary. Please note that younger siblings in Penrose and Jersey will still be able to attend on that Monday.

If you have any questions about the specifics of the organisation, please contact the school office.
Kind regards,
Mr Horner

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Groups in school No Year 6 pupils in school.
*If eligible, please apply for a Key Worker place but only do so if absolutely necessary.
Penrose & Jersey All Year 6 Pupils Squire & Buckle All Year 6 Pupils
Events taking place
(Please note that these events are for pupils only)
N/A Leavers' Video Viewing Leavers’ ‘Service’ & Sports Awards (outside) Leavers' Video Viewing Giving out of hoodies
Wearing Leavers' signed shirts
Leavers' Picnic (details to follow - 3.30 finish)
26th June: Organisation of provision for potential wider opening of school
Dear parents
Thank you for your responses to our email request regarding potential wider re-opening of school to your child's year group.

If you indicated that your child would return to school before the Summer Holidays given the opportunity, I am pleased to say we feel able to offer a limited number of days over the next three weeks. The staff are looking forward to seeing those pupils able to attend and hope that it will be beneficial for all concerned in preparation for September. Some Home Learning resources will continue to be available for those pupils not attending and for the remainder of the week for those who will be coming in.

The headlines are that, from Monday 29th June, each child in Year 2-5 will be able to attend for two days per week (dependent on their house). Please note that Year 4/5 pupils in Squire and Buckle will be attending on Wednesday and Thursday, which is different to those houses in other groups who will be attending on Thursday and Friday. I appreciate that this might cause some inconvenience for those families with siblings in another year group but, unfortunately, we have no other option due to staffing. Groups will remain at 15 or fewer, as per guidelines.

Please read the attached document regarding organisation carefully, as our plans, procedures and risk assessments rely on everybody's cooperation.
26th June: Sports Day
Dear Parents/Carers,
Next week, we are planning to hold our annual Sports 'Day' with all year groups able to be back in school. However, it will have to be very different to our usual event, with races and events conducted in small groups and times/distances/positions recorded to go towards the overall house score. Any equipment used will be subject to the usual protective measures applied to classroom and playground equipment. We will do our best to take some photos/videos to share with you via the website.

Your children will have a chance to practice and then complete the events over a session or sessions when they are in school. Therefore, we are asking your children to wear their P.E. kit for both days next week. This can be worn for the whole school day and no changing will be needed. If you have a child in Year 6, please read Miss Crockett's email as they will only need to wear P.E. kit on one day. Then please revert to school uniform, as per previous information, for the final two weeks of term.

Please remember sun cream (to be applied before the school day), sun hats and water bottles.
Kind regards, Mr Horner
23rd June 2020: Information for Parents/Carers in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6.

Dear Parents/Carers,
It has been fantastic to see your children back at school over the past few weeks. Despite the obvious differences to their normal school experience, the atmosphere has been very positive. Thank you for all of your support with making the 're-opening' such a success.

You may be aware that there is the potential for us to admit pupils from other year groups before the Summer Holidays. After collating responses from parents in those year groups, we have been able to devise a plan that allows us to open more widely without compromising the arrangements that already exist for your children.
The headlines are that, from Monday 29th June, each child in Year 2-5 will be able to attend for two days per week (dependent on their house). Please note that, as our Year 1 groups were so small, they will now become Beech Class groups, with Miss Phillips as their teacher. All groups will remain at 15 or fewer, as per guidelines.
Some Home Learning resources will continue to be available for those pupils not attending and for the remainder of the week for those who will be coming in.

Please double check the attached document regarding organisation carefully, particularly the additions/changes in blue, as our plans, procedures and risk assessments rely on everybody's cooperation.

Finally, I would like to welcome two new members of staff to school. Mrs Vicki Tuffrey has been appointed as a Teaching Assistant and will be working part time for the remainder of this term before starting full time in September. Miss Amie Faulkner will be working full time as a Teaching Assistant on a temporary basis. Mrs Tuffrey and Miss Faulkner's appointments have been instrumental in our ability to offer provision to other year groups as they will be supporting the teachers over the coming weeks, so we are very grateful to them both. If you see either of them at drop off or pick up, please make them feel welcome (at a distance of course!).
If you have any questions regarding these arrangements, please contact the school office in advance of next week.
Kind regards, Mr Horner
8th June: Esafety Information
Dear Parents and Carers,
We know that, with many children still accessing much of their learning at home, use of technology will be higher than ever. If this is the case for your children, e-safety is likely to be even more important than usual - especially for older children who are able to use the internet independently. Therefore, we thought it would be timely to send out the following links from Openview education (who delivered our workshops in February). Many of these have been updated to reflect the current situation. The NSPCC also has a wealth of advice on their website, although please be aware that this is not all relevant to parents of primary age children.

Home Page for Internet Safety Guides
Specific Advice for Home Schooling
Advice for parents of older pupils regarding age ratings on popular apps
NSPCC

I have also attached copies of our Acceptable Use agreements (Lower School and Upper School), that will have been issued to all pupils in September. Whilst we cannot police internet use for pupils outside school, it may be helpful for parents to refer to as a reminder for children in the event of any issues.

Kind regards, Iain Horner Headteacher
7th June 2020: Key Information if your child is returning to school this week

Dear Parents/Carers,
If your child is returning to school this week, we are very much looking forward to welcoming them back. Year 6 pupils had a very positive and successful week and arrangements worked well. There will understandably be some nerves and uncertainty for our younger children after such a long time away from school, so to avoid any unnecessary confusion, here are a few key reminders:
  • School day timings are 9.00 - 3.05 for Year 1 and 9.10 - 2.55 for Reception. Drop off and collection will be from the school driveway. Please arrive on time at both ends of the day to avoid mixing between families from different year groups.
  • If there are multiple children able to attend school, they will need to be dropped off at the time for the youngest member of the family to reduce numbers of parents arriving at the same time. They will be collected at the time for the youngest member of the family. E.g. Year 1 and Year 6 child: Dropped off together at 9.00, collected together at 3.05. If a pupil is being dropped at a different time to their cohort due to this, they will need to be delivered to the school office.
  • All children should wear school uniform. However, they will not be changing for P.E. lessons due to social distancing requirements and the need to minimise items being brought from home. Therefore, please make sure that clothes will be suitable for physical activity in warm weather (e.g. school shorts, culottes etc.). Children should wear P.E. trainers instead of school shoes.
  • Sun cream should be applied before the start of the school day as staff will be unable to assist children with applying sun protection in school. Children should bring a named sun hat to school.
  • No bookbags / school bags should be brought to school as there will be nowhere to store these safely.
  • Lunchboxes and water bottles to be clearly named. These will not be kept communally. Please clean thoroughly between days in school.
  • A one-way system will operate. Please observe social distancing when dropping off or collecting children. We will provide markings and signage on the school site to remind you of this, but would ask for your co-operation when outside the school site.
  • Please do not enter the school building or playground unless invited by a member of staff.
Many thanks, Mr Horner
2nd June

Learning At Home – Monday 8th June onwards

22nd May 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,
If your child/ren may be returning to school after half-term, please read the attached information regarding the organisation of this provision. As mentioned in the previous letter, we will keep our plans under constant review and there may be revisions or additions to this information as time progresses. I must stress that allocated days are not negotiable at this point. We appreciate that this and some of the measures that we will need to put in place may cause inconvenience, but we ask for your patience and understanding as we try to keep the school community as safe as we possibly can, whilst trying to return school as close to normality as is possible.

Information about the organisation of Home Learning in the second half of the Summer Term will be circulated by Monday 1st June.

School will be closed for the half-term break so, if you have any questions, we may not be able to respond as quickly as usual.
Have a lovely Home Learning-free week and, as always, stay safe.
Best wishes, Mr Horner
Organisation of provision for potential wider opening of school: download here

20th May 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,
I hope you and your children are well and staying safe.
As you will know, on Sunday 11th May, the Prime Minister announced that primary schools in England are being asked to welcome back Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 pupils from the week commencing 1st June. This is a conditional date and the final decision whether it is safe to reopen schools will be made nearer the time based on the latest scientific advice. We are led to believe that this decision will be forthcoming on Thursday May 28th. As soon as possible afterwards, we will confirm with parents of children due to attend school whether the following plan will go ahead or whether the Government have decided to postpone 're-opening'. .
Download the full letter here

11th May 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,
I am sure that many of you will have tuned in to watch the Prime Minister’s address yesterday evening and, if not, will have caught up on the contents through various news outlets since.
The headline content for us at school, and probably for many parents, will have been the reference to the 1st June as a potential date for a phased re-opening of schools, starting with pupils in Reception, Year One and Year Six. This is part of the government’s conditional plan which it says will remain under regular review. It should be stressed that the 1st June would be ‘the earliest’, rather than a definite date and if infection rates and other tests at the time allow it. It may be that nothing changes to our reduced provision at that point.
Download the full letter here

4th May 2020 - Keep Dancing Challenge!

Dear Parents/Carers and pupils,
Sorry to bombard you with another email, but hopefully this one is a little different. Mrs Rotherham and I were talking about the fantastic Strictly Come Dancing routine, including professionals, celebrities and members of the public, that was shown on the Big Night In fundraising show. If you missed it, here is the link to the final routine: Let's Get Physical.

We were wondering whether the Chesterton school community might be up for the challenge of producing our own version! We know that lots of you have got the moves, as we’ve seen them in Dance Club, at school discos and as part of some of your Home Learning photos and videos.

Here is The One Show explaining the plan to put together the original routine.

If we have enough contributions from all of you, we would love to put together a full routine of our own. Here’s what we’d like you to do.
1. Watch the original routine: Let's Get Physical Routine. This will give you an idea of what it might look like.
2. Watch at least one of the tutorial videos (see below) and practise that section of the routine until you know it. You can dance on your own, with a sibling, a parent or the whole family!
3. Film yourself dancing to that section of the routine. Please film in portrait as this will help with editing. You can have the music or tutorial video on behind the camera to help with the rhythm, as we won’t use the sound when we edit the final routine together. Try to keep as close to the original time as you can.
4. You can film as many clips as you like (I know you all learn dance routines faster than me!), but please film separate clips as this will make editing easier.
5. Ask an adult to send your clip or clips to me (head.3082@chesterton.oxon.sch.uk) by next Friday (15th May). Any clips sent in will score house points for your team. The more clips you record, the more house points!

Let's Get Physical Strictly Tutorials:
Part 1     Part 2     Part 3     Part 4     Part 5     Part 6     Part 7    

If you have any questions about the instructions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. If you need dance advice, please contact Mrs Rotherham!

Keeeeeeeeeep dancing!
Mr Horner
23rd April 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,
We hope that you are keeping well in these difficult times and that you and your children have managed to adjust back to some kind of home learning rhythm after the Easter 'break'.
We are emailing to ask for your help and a small amount of your time. Before school closed, the Senior Leadership Team was planning to ask for your views on school in our Parent Questionnaire. As always, there were some general questions to gain your views on Chesterton Primary School as a whole, but we also wanted to concentrate on some areas that have been a particular focus for the school this year.
The cancellation of Parents' Evening (when we were due to hand out the questionnaires) and the subsequent lockdown have obviously made this more difficult, but we would still like to gather your views. To reduce the time taken to complete the questionnaire, we have removed the general questions (which we will return to at a later date).
We appreciate that it may not be possible for some families to return the questionnaire at this point, but would encourage as many people as possible to take part.
We will be very grateful to all participants and, as a small thank you and incentive, if you return your questionnaire, we will enter you into a draw to win one of two £20 credits for wrap-around care (to be used on Breakfast Club or Tree House). If you have multiple children at school and complete a questionnaire for each, you will have multiple chances to win.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact the school office.
Kind regards,
Mr Horner, Ms Bailey and Mrs Salter.

Download the questionnaire here

6th April 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,
I hope you are enjoying the sunny weather to start the Easter holidays - in your gardens or on your daily exercise (at a safe distance of course).

Please find attached the second weekly newsletters from the teachers (see the individual class pages under Home Learning), which showcase the fabulous efforts of our pupils and their families at home. These will return in three weeks' time. It really is so heartwarming and encouraging to see how everyone has risen to the challenge of these strange and uncertain times. I'm sure that, when this is all over, many positives will remain from how our school community all responded.

As you will probably have guessed, there will not be weekly timetables for the next fortnight, as we are entering what would have been the Easter holidays. However, school does remain open on some days to cater for a small group of children, allowing our key workers to continue their vital roles. I want to place on record my thanks to all the staff for their efforts to maintain our reduced provision at this challenging time.

The teachers may still be checking emails periodically, but please don't expect responses in the same way that you would during term time 'Home Learning'. Whilst you are of course still welcome to do the odd activity from the resources on the website if your children are keen, we do suggest that everyone tries to take whatever break they can and enjoys some well-earned rest relaxation as a family. I hope to hear that our pupils have done their bit to make that possible for their parents and carers.

Please do check out the fantastic content on the school website, including photos from home and school, book reviews and certificates. Thank you all for your contributions. If you haven't done so already, the celebration worship from Friday is live on the school website. Tune in to see if your child earned a coveted gold certificate or won the reading raffle last week. You will also find out the destination of the House Cup for the fourth half-term of the year.

Kind regards,
Mr Horner
29th March 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,
I hope that you are all enjoying a well-earned break from Home Schooling this weekend. As mentioned, we still held our Celebration Worship on Friday afternoon, complete with certificates from all teachers, (virtual) house captains and a reading raffle draw. Please encourage your children to watch the video at some point to see if they received a certificate. You might need to turn the volume up as the sound level is quite low. Apologies for the slightly awkward presentation style!

I have also attached a message from each of our Year 6 house captains (see below). Hopefully, your children will enjoy reading their encouraging words (or you reading to them).

A selection of photos from Home Learning have been uploaded to the school website. Have a look to see if you make an appearance and to admire the efforts of other pupils in your class.

Timetables for Week 2 are also available on your class' page.

Best wishes, Mr Horner
Mr Horner

Chesteron CE Primary SchoolTo Team Buckle,
First of all, I hope that you have all been carrying on with your home learning, especially when some things are a bit tough. Remember to keep on encouraging each other throughout these next few weeks.

If you have any younger siblings, maybe think of some ways to help them with some work or just spend some time with them as that would be really nice for both them and for your parents.

Also, huge congratulations to those who have received a reading raffle ticket or a Well Done certificate for home learning this week. We are in the lead for this term, so if we can earn some Gold certificates for the blues next week, we should be able to stop any of the other houses overtaking us. Keep on going with reading and sharing stories too! If you would like to email me about anything you are doing over the few weeks, please email Mr Horner and he will forward it on to me.

Best wishes,
Evie Walford - Buckle House Captain
Chesteron CE Primary SchoolHi Team Penrose,
I hope you have been working as hard as you can from home and have been finding new and fun ways to learn. I can't wait to see some photos of you all on the school website. (I particularly can't wait to see the cat selfie from Benji to Miss Crockett.)

If you're a member of Upper School with younger brothers or sisters, try to help your parents by teaching them for some of the day. (The perfect chance to be a little bossy!)

Reading Raffle Tickets are still being handed out, so well done if you won this week. Keep reading and sharing your story recommendations on the website. I'm reading Alex Rider: Secret Weapon and it's brilliant so far. School will still be sending out "Home School Well Done Certificates" whilst we are all working from home. I can't wait to hear who has received one this week. Fingers crossed for Penrose winners!

I hope you and your families are well and are managing to stay positive. Try not to annoy each other too much!
Thinking of you all.
Your House Captain, Josh Cresswell
Chesteron CE Primary SchoolHello to the whole of Squire,
I hope that you are alright and that you aren’t struggling too much with your work. Just re member that the timetables are a guide and if you’re finding the work too tricky, then you could either ask for help or do something else that will test your brain. Well done to everyone because it’s hard having to work at home without a teacher helping you. Also remember to persevere and think of Growth Mindset.

Those of you that are in Upper School, please do your best to help your younger siblings and your parents. Herbie and I are helping our mum and dad, who are working at home, by putting some washing away and tidying the lounge. It’s not exactly fun, but it makes everyone’s life a lot easier!
Try to keep up your reading nights, because, whenever you reach one of the targets, your name will be put into the reading raffle, which will be drawn every Friday, and you could have the chance of winning it. If you do win it or you get one of our first ever home school certificates, congratulations! Even though we are home and not together, Squire are still a team, united in spirit! We can still earn house points, so let’s do our best, and strive to win the house cup! Come on Squire! We can do this!

Sending best wishes to all pupils and staff, from Megan Allmond, House Captain of Squire.
Chesteron CE Primary SchoolDear Jersey House,
I know that this is an unusual time for everyone, including me, but we have to try our best and seize the opportunity to learn in a new environment without a qualified teacher. Thank goodness that our brilliant teachers have given us so much to get on with. Here is some of what I have been doing: Exercising with Joe on the TV, Maths, English, listening to Miss Barrett read our class story and having fun in the sun.

Those of you in Upper School, please try to help your parents by keeping the house tidy and helping at meal times. You could also help your younger brothers and sisters with their school work. Well done if you have earnt a reading raffle ticket or won a certificate; keep up the good work.If you can, try to keep a diary for the next couple of weeks of your thoughts, feelings and what you are getting up to so that you can share it in the future with your grandchildren!

From Toby Goddard - Jersey House Captain.
27th March 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,
Just a brief message to say thank you for the huge amount of effort that you and your children have been putting into Home Learning this week. I know that the teachers are impressed and have particularly enjoyed the videos/photos showing what the children have been getting up to.

We are planning to upload a selection of photos from each class to the website every week to allow other families and children to see what their classmates have been up to. Unless we hear otherwise, we will assume that your usual consent for images to be used on the website applies to these photos too. However, if you don't want your photos to be included, please let your class teacher and the school office know. If it just applies to selected photos/videos (maybe a father/son music lesson recorder duet that you don't want to appear online!), then please let the class teacher know at the time of sending that it is just for them.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.
Kind regards,
Mr Horner
22nd March 2020

Thank you for all of your replies regarding key worker status and attendance at reduced provision. We are still awaiting replies from a small number of families. If we haven't heard from you up to this point, we will assume that your child/ren will be staying at home until further notice. However, we still require written confirmation of this.

I have just sent an email to all parents whose children we expect to attend school tomorrow. This is a very small number, so thank you to everybody for making the effort to follow the government's advice about staying at home unless absolutely necessary. If you did not receive that email, but are expecting your child to attend tomorrow, please email the school office at the earliest opportunity.
If your child is not attending tomorrow, but may be attending on other days, this must be with prior contact and agreement.

For those starting to educate their children at home this week, we wish you every success and ask you to stay in touch with your teachers and with the school office if there is any support that we can offer. We will try to maintain as many routines as possible (certificates, reading nights etc.), so hopefully you will still feel part of the school community. Going forward, if you (or your child) have any suggestions about how we can keep morale up and keep you included, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Look after yourselves and each other,
Very best wishes,
Mr Horner
21st March 2020

Many thanks to those people who have already managed to return the attached Key Workers' information. If you haven't yet done so, please return by email as soon as you can. We are currently awaiting returns for about 50 pupils. As soon as we have a clear picture of requests, I will begin replying to the small number parents whose children may be involved in reduced provision from Monday. This is likely to be tomorrow (Sunday).

I would like to clarify that if one or both parents are working from home then your child/ren should not be attending school from Monday.

I have received a few questions from parents regarding what happens if 'key worker' status changes during our closure, e.g. a parent's job role changes or they are appointed to a new job in a critical sector. If that does apply to you, please contact the school with your specific circumstances at that point.

If you have mentioned your situation verbally to a member of staff, then please still confirm via email. If your reply is simply that your child/ren will be staying at home, I am happy to accept a written email reply rather than the form (as this has proved tricky to edit and re-attach for some people). Finally, thank you for the many positive messages that have accompanied your replies. We really do appreciate them.

Kind regards, Mr Horner
20th March 2020

Please find below a letter from Mr Horner, we would be grateful if you could return electronically or in paper form as soon as possible. Also below are a couple of links which you may find helpful.
Key Workers Letter (pdf)     Key Workers Letter (word)
Guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities
Information-for-parents-and-carers

Please also read Mr Horner's Home Learning letter here
20th March 2020

The 'list' of key workers was published by the government late last night: access here
Our first priority this morning will be considering what this means for Chesterton and the best way to respond to the demands placed on us for the dual purpose of providing Home Learning and provision for some children of key workers. It is now clear that school are not expected to be 'closed' in the way that we originally understood it.
Until I have written to you later this morning with clarification, there is no need to contact the school regarding 'key worker' status.
Please read the guidance on the above link carefully and then respond as quickly as you are able to when information is requested later.

The following sentences seem to be critical.
"If your work is critical to the COVID-19 response, or you work in one of the critical sectors listed below, and you cannot keep your child safe at home."
"Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. And every child who can be safely cared for at home should be."


Please also continue to return the information requested yesterday regarding ICT access and thank you to those parents who have already done so. Thank you for bearing with us.

Kind regards,
Mr Horner
19th March 2020

As predicted, large parts of yesterday's email became irrelevant within a few hours of being sent! The anticipated closure of schools is now upon us but, as you will have seen from yesterday's statement, certain groups of children will still be allowed to attend (see below for more details) meaning that the school will need to find a way to continue running. As this news is still relatively fresh, and the situation we find ourselves in shifts so quickly, we are awaiting clarity on exactly what this means for our families, pupils and staff. For us, and probably for you, the main questions centre around provision for children of 'key workers'. We are told that 'a full list of key worker categories will be published by the Cabinet Office tomorrow', but until that point we do not know any more than you as parents. When that list is released and further details are given on how many pupils may be eligible, the school will be able to solidify plans for offering that provision.

Rest assured, the staff are ready and willing to do all we can to help our school community and wider society cope with this extraordinary situation.

As well as preparing for being partially open, the teachers are currently planning to provide the best possible resources to help those children who will be continuing their education at home. These resources will be available on the school website in the coming days, with supplementary materials coming home in paper form. I will be writing to you later today for information on access to IT services at home and I would be very grateful if this could be returned to the school office as soon as possible.

I have included today's message from our Education Secretary below. Whilst it is aimed at schools, it will give you an idea of the most recent advice.

As always, thank you for your invaluable support.
Kind regards, Mr Horner

Gavin Williamson, Secretary of State for Education, has asked for this message to be passed to all those who work in the education sector

The government recognises the huge importance of the role you have played in maintaining the education, training and social care of our children and young people during this challenging time. I recognise that you will have the same anxieties as the rest of the country about your health and that of your families. On behalf of the Prime Minister and the entire government, I thank you all for all of your work so far, and your continued support. I am deeply grateful for the civic spirit and dedication of everyone working in education, and I will continue to provide my full support throughout this crisis.

Next steps
It is clear that education and children's social care settings are increasingly finding it difficult to continue as normal, as illness and self-isolation impacts on staffing levels and pupil attendance. To provide parents, student and staff with the certainty they need we are announcing that schools, colleges and early years settings will be closed to everyone except children of key workers and vulnerable children from Monday, as part of the country's ongoing response to coronavirus.

Examples of these workers include NHS staff, police and delivery drivers who need to be able to go to work. Vulnerable children include those who have a social worker and those with Education, Health and Care Plans.

A full list of key worker categories will be published by the Cabinet Office tomorrow.

Children who do not fall into these groups should remain at home with appropriate care.

Where schools are unable to provide this reduced provision, local authorities will work with the Department for Education's regional teams to ensure an alternative option is available.

We are expecting early years providers and sixth form and further education colleges to do the same. We are working with Her Majesty's Treasury on the financial support required. We are also asking that independent schools and boarding schools follow the same approach.

Where possible, we would encourage settings to stay open for this purpose throughout the Easter holidays.

Many universities and other higher education institutions are already taking necessary steps to keep their staff and students safe and where possible keep providing education. We are confident vice-chancellors are making the right decisions and the Department for Education continues to support them in doing so.

Update on assessments and examinations
We can confirm that we will not go ahead with assessments or exams, and that we will not be publishing performance tables for this academic year.

We will work with the sector and Ofqual to ensure children get the qualifications they need.

My Department is working closely with local authorities, representatives of early years, schools and head teachers, regional school commissioners and bodies such as Ofsted and Ofqual about how to deliver this change as effectively as possible.

And we will do whatever is necessary to support local authorities, settings, schools and teachers through the weeks and months ahead.

Free school meal provision
We will give schools the flexibility to provide meals or vouchers to children eligible for free school meals. Some schools are already doing this, and we will reimburse the costs. As soon as possible, we will put in place a national voucher system.

Thank you once again for everything you are doing at this difficult time.
The Rt Hon Gavin Williamson CBE MP
Secretary of State for Education
18th March 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,
Herewith the latest information and updates regarding the current situation.

Firstly, I would like to thank you all for your support during this most difficult of times. The fact that some of the tough decisions that we have had to make have been met by nothing but understanding has made the challenges much easier to manage up to this point.

Unfortunately, every indication is that we are only at the beginning of a long and difficult road and further compromises and sacrifices will need to be made across the whole of society, not just at our school. As mentioned, we will try to maintain as much normality as possible whilst the school remains open, but have to be mindful of advice coming from the government. Therefore, anything that falls into the category of a large gathering, and that is different to the everyday life at school, will have to be postponed. The situation is ever-changing but, currently, this is where we stand regarding the following events in the remaining 12 days before the Easter holidays. We will provide any further information as soon as we have it.
Date Event Status Additional Information
Thursday 19th March District Netball Final Cancelled by organisers  
Thursday 19th March Parents' Evening Postponed by school Information sheets to be shared with parents
Thursday 19th March Dance Showcase Cancelled by organisers  
Friday 20th March Ash Class Sharing Worship Postponed by school In line with advice re. gatherings
Monday 23rd March Running Club Continuing as usual  
Monday 23rd March Ash Class swimming Continuing as usual This will take place unless advice changes or the leisure centre makes the decision to close.
Tuesday 24th March / Tuesday 31st March Beech Class Forest School Continuing as usual  
Wednesday 25th March Park and Stride Continuing as usual  
Wednesday 25th March Maple Class Visit to Fairytale Farm Continuing as usual This will take place unless advice changes, the venue makes the decision to close or the school is unable to provide safe staffing for the visit.
Friday 27th March Beech Class Sharing Worship Postponed by school In line with advice re. gatherings
Monday 30th March to Tuesday 1st April Year 3/4 Condover Residential Scheduled to take place This will take place unless advice changes, the venue makes the decision to close or the school is unable to provide safe staffing for the visit. We will keep parents informed.
Thursday 2nd April Easter Church Service Cancelled by school In line with advice re. gatherings
Ongoing Music lessons Continuing as usual Unless music teachers unable to attend
Ongoing Breakfast Club and Tree House Continuing as usual Unless the school is unable to provide safe staffing.

Potential School Closure
As the days and weeks pass, it seems more and more likely that some kind of school closure will be inevitable. However, as mentioned in Sunday's email, Chesterton Primary School will only close in one of the following scenarios:
  • If a nationwide or regional closure of schools is ordered by the government.
  • If Chesterton is directed to close by Public Health England due to circumstances specifically affecting our setting.
  • If Chesterton is unable to open safely due to a shortage of staff.

As the likelihood of a closure increases, Chesterton staff are making plans for how we will provide resources and materials for you to continue your child's education at home. We appreciate that, if this eventuality does arise, there will be many challenges with this for families. Therefore, we will do our best to provide as much clarity and variety as possible for you and your children. In all probability, this will be similar to the home learning tasks and activities that you are used to through school homework, but with greater structure around a weekly 'timetable'. We will provide more details if and when a closure in confirmed. If your child is already at home due to isolation, please use the current home learning sheet for guidance and liaise with your child's class teacher if you require any further help.

Drop-off / Pick-up
To reduce the congestion at the beginning and end of the school day, we are asking parents to drop their children on the school playground and leave them under the supervision of the school. At the end of the day, we would ask Maple parents to wait in the Maple Class outside area rather than on the playground as this will help spread out the crowd. At the end of the day, teachers will endeavour to deliver their classes to parents as efficiently as possible and we would ask you to leave the site as quickly as possible.

Advice re. isolation
Please see the information below regarding symptoms and isolation. If in doubt, please check with the school office.
These links provide further information.
Gov.uk
BBC
Thank you for taking the time to read this information.
Take care, Mr Horner

Symptoms
The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:
  • new continuous cough and/or
  • high temperature

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness. For more guidance, see this link.

Main messages
  • if you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus illness (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started. (See ending isolation section below for more information)
  • if you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill
  • it is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community
  • for anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14 day isolation period. (See ending isolation section below for more information
  • if you can, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period
  • if you cannot move vulnerable people out of your home, stay away from them as much as possible
  • if you have coronavirus symptoms:
    • do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital
    • you do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home
    • testing for coronavirus is not needed if you're staying at home
  • plan ahead and ask others for help to ensure that you can successfully stay at home and consider what can be done for vulnerable people in the household
  • ask your employer, friends and family to help you to get the things you need to stay at home
  • wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water, or use hand sanitiser
  • if you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, or your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days, then use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service. If you do not have internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.

Social Distancing: Background and scope of guidance
This guidance is for everyone. It advises on social distancing measures we should all be taking to reduce social interaction between people in order to reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). It is intended for use in situations where people are living in their own homes, with or without additional support from friends, family and carers.

We are advising those who are at increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) to be particularly stringent in following social distancing measures.

This group includes those who are:
  • aged 70 or older (regardless of medical conditions)
  • under 70 with an underlying health condition listed below (ie anyone instructed to get a flu jab as an adult each year on medical grounds):
    • chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis
    • chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
    • chronic kidney disease
    • chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
    • chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson's disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), a learning disability or cerebral palsy diabetes
    • problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed
    • a weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or medicines such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy
    • being seriously overweight (a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or above)
    • those who are pregnant

Note: there are some clinical conditions which put people at even higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19. If you are in this category, next week the NHS in England will directly contact you with advice the more stringent measures you should take in order to keep yourself and others safe. For now, you should rigorously follow the social distancing advice in full, outlined below.

People falling into this group are those who may be at particular risk due to complex health problems such as:
  • people who have received an organ transplant and remain on ongoing immunosuppression medication
  • people with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy or radiotherapy
  • people with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia who are at any stage of treatment
  • people with severe chest conditions such as cystic fibrosis or severe asthma (requiring hospital admissions or courses of steroid tablets)
  • people with severe diseases of body systems, such as severe kidney disease (dialysis)

What is social distancing?
Social distancing measures are steps you can take to reduce the social interaction between people. This will help reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).

They are:
  1. Avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough
  2. Avoid non-essential use of public transport, varying your travel times to avoid rush hour, when possibl
  3. Work from home, where possible. Your employer should support you to do this. Please refer to employer guidance for more information
  4. Avoid large gatherings, and gatherings in smaller public spaces such as pubs, cinemas, restaurants, theatres, bars, clubs
  5. Avoid gatherings with friends and family. Keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media
  6. Use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services

Everyone should be trying to follow these measures as much as is pragmatic.

We strongly advise you to follow the above measures as much as you can and to significantly limit your face-to-face interaction with friends and family if possible, particularly if you:
  • are over 70
  • have an underlying health conditio
  • are pregnant

This advice is likely to be in place for some weeks.

Handwashing and respiratory hygiene
There are general principles you can follow to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
  • washing your hands more often - with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use a hand sanitiser when you get home or into work, when you blow your nose, sneeze or cough, eat or handle food
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • avoid close contact with people who have symptoms
  • cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin and wash your hands
  • clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home

What should you do if you develop symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19)
The same guidance applies to the general population and those at increased risk of severe illness form coronavirus (COVID-19). If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 (high temperature and/or new and continuous cough), self-isolate at home for 7 days. You can find the full guidance at stay at home.

How can I get assistance with foods and medicines if I am reducing my social contacts?
Ask family, friends and neighbours to support you and use online services. If this is not possible, then the public sector, business, charities, and the general public are gearing up to help those advised to stay at home. It is important to speak to others and ask them to help you to make arrangements for the delivery of food, medicines and essential services and supplies, and look after your physical and mental health and wellbeing.

If you receive support from health and social care organisations, for example, if you have care provided for you through the local authority or health care system, this will continue as normal. Your health or social care provider will be asked to take additional precautions to make sure that you are protected. The advice for formal carers is included in the Home care provision.

What should you do if you have hospital and GP appointments during this period?
We advise everyone to access medical assistance remotely, wherever possible. However, if you have a scheduled hospital or other medical appointment during this period, talk to your GP or clinician to ensure you continue to receive the care you need and consider whether appointments can be postponed.

What is the advice for visitors including those who are providing care for you?
You should contact your regular social visitors such as friends and family to let them know that you are reducing social contacts and that they should not visit you during this time unless they are providing essential care for you. Essential care includes things like help with washing, dressing, or preparing meals.
If you receive regular health or social care from an organisation, either through your local authority or paid for by yourself, inform your care providers that you are reducing social contacts and agree on a plan for continuing your care.
If you receive essential care from friends or family members, speak to your carers about extra precautions they can take to keep you safe. You may find this guidance on Home care provision useful.
It is also a good idea to speak to your carers about what happens if one of them becomes unwell. If you need help with care but you're not sure who to contact, or if you do not have family or friends who can help you, you can contact your local council who should be able to help you.

What is the advice if I live with a vulnerable person?
If you live in a house with a vulnerable person refer to our household guidance.

How do you look after your mental wellbeing?
Understandably, you may find that social distancing can be boring or frustrating. You may find your mood and feelings are affected and you may feel low, worried or have problems sleeping and you might miss being outside with other people.
At times like these, it can be easy to fall into unhealthy patterns of behaviour which in turn can make you feel worse. There are simple things you can do that may help, to stay mentally and physically active during this time such as:
  • look for ideas of exercises you can do at home on the NHS website
  • spend time doing things you enjoy – this might include reading, cooking, other indoor hobbies or listening to the radio or watching TV programmes
  • try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, drink enough water, exercise regularly, and try to avoid smoking, alcohol and drugs
  • keep your windows open to let in fresh air, get some natural sunlight if you can, or get outside into the garden

You can also go for a walk outdoors if you stay more than 2 metres from others.
Further information on looking after your mental health during this time is available.

What steps can you take to stay connected with family and friends during this time?
Draw on support you might have through your friends, family and other networks during this time. Try to stay in touch with those around you over the phone, by post, or online. Let people know how you would like to stay in touch and build that into your routine. This is also important in looking after your mental wellbeing and you may find it helpful to talk to them about how you are feeling.
Remember it is OK to share your concerns with others you trust and in doing so you may end up providing support to them too. Or you can use a NHS recommended helpline.

Advice for informal carers
If you are caring for someone who is vulnerable, there are some simple steps that you can take to protect them and to reduce their risk at the current time.
Ensure you follow advice on good hygiene such as:
  • wash your hands on arrival and often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
  • do not visit if you are unwell and make alternative arrangements for their care
  • provide information on who they should call if they feel unwell, how to use NHS 111 online coronavirus service and leave the number for NHS 111 prominently displayed
  • find out about different sources of support that could be used and access further advice on creating a contingency plan is available from Carers UK
  • look after your own well-being and physical health during this time. Further information on this is available here

Summary of advice
* if one member of your family or household has a new continuous cough or high temperature
** if you live alone and you have a new continuous cough or high temperature
*** for example cinema, theatre, pubs, bars, restaurants, clubs
**** for example via telephone or internet
1 such as anyone instructed to get a flu jab each year
17th March 2020

Following on from yesterday's announcement from the Government with regard to minimising social contact; we have made the decision to postpone parent/teacher appointments due to take place this evening and Thursday evening. We apologise for the very short notice, however as you can appreciate, we are dealing with a very changeable and unprecedented situation.
At this stage we don't have dates to reschedule your appointments however we will be in discussion today to decide the best way to communicate progress and targets for your children over the coming weeks.
Thank you for your understanding and please be assured that our main priority is to keep the school community safe and well.
15th March 2020

I hope that you and your families have had a restful and healthy weekend so far. I am writing to pass on some of the latest advice regarding the Coronavirus outbreak and to try to give some clarity to the current situation with regards to school.

As you will have seen from the media coverage, the government has not (at the time of writing) taken the decision to close UK schools. Therefore, we must continue to plan for business as usual and endeavour to maintain as much normality for you and your children. We are obviously giving plenty of thought to how any closure would be managed but, in such an unprecedented and fast-moving situation, we don't want to speculate on the many permutations that could arise over the coming weeks and months.

In schools, we are understandably not experts in this field and are guided by the advice disseminated by central government and Public Health England. I am also in receipt of advice from the National Association of Head Teachers, who are representing school leaders at a national level. I have spoken to Abigail Grenfell, Chair of Governors on a number of occasions recently and am also in regular discussion with other local headteachers.

What I can say at this time is that Chesterton Primary School will only close in one of the following scenarios:
  • If a nationwide or regional closure of schools is ordered by the government.
  • If Chesterton is directed to close by Public Health England due to circumstances specifically affecting our setting.
  • If Chesterton is unable to open safely due to a shortage of staff.

Any of these scenarios may arise at very short notice and we will, of course, do everything in our power to notify parents and carers in a timely manner, but health and safety is everyone's main priority and the timing of an announcement is likely to be out of our hands. Any announcement, as in the case of a closure for bad weather, will be made via email and also posted on the school website.

While the school remains open, we ask you to read the advice below (italics) regarding the need for self-isolation should you or your child show certain symptoms. If your child is unable to attend school, please notify the school office in the usual way (either by telephone or email) and specify the reasons for absence. We would be especially grateful if you were able to do this at the earliest opportunity, so that the office is not having to follow-up on the whereabouts of any children who are not in school without an explanation. It is important for us to know whether they are not attending school due to 'self-isolation' or for a different reason. In the case of self-isolation, please be specific regarding the symptoms and the starting point of the self-isolation, as this will allow us to monitor when pupils should return. I have included government guidance for how to manage any self-isolation.

Although Coronavirus testing is not going to be routine for all people showing symptoms, we would be very grateful if anyone could inform us with details of any positive tests from our pupils' families. I should stress that, at this point, we are not aware of any confirmed cases amongst the Chesterton school community.

We are continuing to encourage good personal hygiene whilst your children are in school and cleaners will be giving particular attention to any surfaces that come in to direct contact with children's hands.

There are obviously a number of events due to take place in school over the coming weeks and months and there are currently no plans to cancel or postpone any of these. Parents' Evenings on Tuesday and Thursday are still due to go ahead. However, as with a school closure, advice may change and events may need to called-off at short notice. Should this arise, we ask for your patience and understanding. Whilst we could take the precaution of cancelling all extra-curricular activities at this point, we don't want to deprive the children of these experiences when there is currently no advice to suggest that they would be placed at greater risk than when attending school.

If your child is involved in anything upcoming, we will be in touch about those specific events should anything change. For those parents/carers with children who are due to attend the Condover Hall residential visit in two weeks' time, an update will be provided early this week. Currently, the centre remains open and the visit is due to go ahead as planned.

Further updates will be provided via email as and when information arrives.

As I said, this situation is unprecedented and fast-moving. As always, the staff team at Chesterton will give their all in order to navigate the coming weeks and months in the best way possible for your children and we thank you, in advance, for your support.

Kindest regards, Mr Horner

Thursday's announcement from the government

The government has announced that we are moving out of the contain phase and into delay, in response to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
The UK Chief Medical Officers have now raised the risk to the UK from moderate to high.
As per the current advice, the most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves remains washing their hands more often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water. Make sure you cough or sneeze into a tissue, put it in a bin and wash your hands.

We are asking anyone who shows certain symptoms to self-isolate for 7 days, regardless of whether they have travelled to affected areas. This means we want people to stay at home and avoid all but essential contact with others for 7 days from the point of displaying mild symptoms, to slow the spread of infection.

The symptoms are:
  • a high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)
  • a new, continuous cough

You do not need to call NHS 111 to go into self-isolation. If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 7 days contact NHS 111 online at 111.nhs.uk. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.

In the coming weeks, we will be introducing further social distancing measures for older and vulnerable people, asking them to self-isolate regardless of symptoms.

If we introduce this next stage too early, the measures will not protect us at the time of greatest risk but could have a huge social impact. We need to time this properly, continue to do the right thing at the right time, so we get the maximum effect for delaying the virus. We will clearly announce when we ask the public to move to this next stage.

Our decisions are based on careful modelling.
We will only introduce measures that are supported by clinical and scientific evidence.

Symptoms
The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:
  • new continuous cough and/or
  • high temperature
For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild infection

Main messages
  • if you have symptoms of coronavirus infection (COVID-19), however mild, do not leave your home for 7 days from when your symptoms started. (See ending isolation section below for more information)
  • this action will help protect others in your community while you are infectious
  • plan ahead and ask others for help to ensure that you can successfully stay at home
  • ask your employer, friends and family to help you get the things you need to stay at home
  • stay at least 2 metres (about 3 steps) away from other people in your home if possible
  • sleep alone, if possible
  • wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water, or use hand sanitiser
  • stay away from vulnerable individuals, such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions, as much as possible
  • you do not need to call NHS 111 to go into self-isolation. If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 7 days, contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999

Stay at home guidance
This advice is intended for people with symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), including those with a diagnosis of coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, who must remain at home until they are well.

Will I be tested if I think I have COVID-19?
We will not be testing those self-isolating with mild symptoms. The following advice is designed to help people prevent the spread.

Why staying at home is very important
Staying at home while you have coronavirus (COVID-19) helps to protect your friends, colleagues and the wider community. It will also help to control the spread of the virus.

We realise that staying at home may be difficult or frustrating, but there are things that you can do to help make it easier. These include:
  • plan ahead and think about what you will need to be able to stay at home for the full 7 days
  • talk to your employer, friends and family to ask for their help to access the things you will need
  • think about and plan how you can get access to food and other supplies such as medications that you will need during this period
  • ask friends or family to drop off anything you need or order supplies online. Make sure any deliveries are left outside your home for you to collect
  • make sure that you keep in touch with friends and family over the phone or through social media
  • think about things you can do during your time at home. People who have successfully completed a period of staying at home have kept themselves busy with activities such as cooking, reading, online learning and watching films
  • when you are feeling better, remember that physical exercise can be good for your wellbeing. Look for online classes or courses to help you take light exercise in your home

While you are staying at home, make sure you do the following things:

Stay at home
You should remain in your home. Do not go to work, school, or public areas, and do not use public transport or taxis. You cannot go for a walk.
You will need to ask friends or relatives if you require help with buying groceries, other shopping or picking up medication. Alternatively, you can order medication by phone or online. You can also order your shopping online. Make sure you tell delivery drivers to leave items outside for collection if you order online. The delivery driver should not come into your home.

At home, try as best you can to separate yourself from the people you live with
Aim to stay in a well-ventilated room with a window that can be opened. Try to keep the window open as much as possible to enable ventilation and airflow as this will help to keep clean air moving through your room.
Try to separate yourself from other people in your home and keep the door closed. If you cannot stay in a separate room aim to keep 2 metres (3 steps) away from the other people in your house. This can be particularly difficult for those with small children, people with other caring responsibilities or those living in studio apartments or flats, for example.

Further advice can be found below. Try to keep yourself separated from other people as much as possible, and make sure everyone regularly follows the steps in this guidance (cleaning your hands, not touching your face and cleaning surfaces for example).
Use your own toothbrushes, eating and drinking utensils (including cups and glasses in the bathroom and bedroom), dishes, towels, washcloths or bed linen. Do not share food and drinks.
If you have a garden, it is fine to use it as long as you keep 2 metres away from other members of your household. If possible they should use the outside area separately, if possible.

Use of shared spaces if you live with others
Minimise the time you spend in shared spaces such as bathrooms, kitchens and sitting rooms as much as possible and keep shared spaces well ventilated.
Aim to keep 2 metres (3 steps) away from people you live with and sleep in a different bed where possible. If you can, use a separate bathroom from the rest of the household. Make sure you use separate towels from other people in your house, both for drying yourself after bathing or showering and for hand-hygiene purposes. Ask your family or the people you live with to remember to use their own towels.
If you do share toilet and bathroom, it is important that you clean them after you have used them every time (for example, wiping surfaces you have come into contact with). Another tip is to consider drawing up a rota for bathing, with you using the facilities last, before thoroughly cleaning the bath, sink and toilet yourself.
If you share a kitchen with others, avoid using it while others are present. Take your meals back to your room to eat. If you have one, use a dishwasher to clean and dry your used crockery and cutlery. If this is not possible, wash them using your usual washing up liquid and warm water and dry them thoroughly, remembering to use a separate tea towel.

We understand that it will be difficult for some people to separate themselves from others at home. You should do your very best to follow this guidance and everyone in your household should regularly wash their hands, avoid touching their face and clean frequently touched surfaces.

If you live alone with children
Keep following this advice to the best of your ability, however we are aware that not all these measures will be possible.
What we have seen so far is that children with COVID-19 appear to be less severely affected. It is nevertheless important to do your best to follow this guidance.
If a child develops symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from the onset of their symptoms.

If you live with an older, vulnerable or pregnant person
If you provide care to an elderly, vulnerable or pregnant person, follow this advice to the best of your ability.

If you are breastfeeding while infected
There is currently no clinical evidence to suggest that the virus can be transmitted through breast milk. Infection can be spread to the baby in the same way as to anyone in close contact with you. The benefits of breastfeeding outweigh any potential risks of transmission of the virus through breast milk or by being in close contact with your child, however, this will be an individual decision and can be discussed with your midwife, health visitor or GP by telephone.
If you wish to breastfeed, take precautions to limit the potential spread of COVID-19 to the baby by:
  • washing your hands before touching the baby, breast pump or bottles
  • avoiding coughing or sneezing on the baby while feeding at the breast
  • cleaning any breast pump as recommended by the manufacturer after each use
  • considering asking someone who is well to feed your expressed breast milk to the baby
If you are feeding with formula or expressed milk, sterilise the equipment carefully before each use. You should not share bottles or a breast pump with someone else.
You can find more information at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists website.

Cleaning and disposal of waste
Use your usual household products, such as detergents and bleach, as these will be very effective at getting rid of the virus on surfaces. Clean frequently touched surfaces.
Personal waste (such as used tissues) and disposable cleaning cloths can be stored securely within disposable rubbish bags. These bags should be placed into a second bag, tied securely and kept separate from other waste in the room in which you are self-isolating. Keep aside for at least 72 hours before putting into your usual external household waste bin.
Other household waste can be disposed of as normal.

Laundry
Do not shake dirty laundry; this minimises the possibility of dispersing virus through the air.
Wash items as appropriate in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions. Dirty laundry that has been in contact with an ill person can be washed with other people's items.
If you do not have a washing machine, wait a further 72 hours after your 7-day isolation period has ended before taking your laundry to a laundrette.

What you can do to help yourself get better
Drink water to keep yourself hydrated; you should drink enough during the day so your urine (pee) is a pale clear colour. You can use over-the-counter medications, such as paracetamol, to help with some of your symptoms. Use these according to the instructions on the packet or label and do not exceed the recommended dose.

If you need to seek medical advice
Seek prompt medical attention if your illness is worsening. If it's not an emergency, contact NHS 111 online.
If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111.
If it is an emergency and you need to call an ambulance, dial 999 and inform the call handler or operator that you have coronavirus (COVID-19).
All routine medical and dental appointments should usually be cancelled while you are sick and staying at home. If you are concerned or have been asked to attend in person within the period you are home isolating, discuss this with your medical contact first (for example, your GP, local hospital or outpatient service), using the number they have provided. If your concerns are related to COVID-19 contact NHS 111 online.
If you have no internet access, call NHS 111.

Wash your hands often
Cleaning your hands frequently throughout the day by washing with soap and water for 20 seconds or using hand sanitiser will help protect you and the people you live with. This step is one of the most effective ways of reducing the risk of infection to you and to other people.

Cover your coughs and sneezes
Cover your mouth and nose with disposable tissues when you cough or sneeze.
If you have a carer, they should use disposable tissues to wipe away any mucus or phlegm after you have sneezed or coughed. The cleaner should then clean their hands. Put tissues into a disposable rubbish bag and immediately wash your hands with soap and water or use a hand sanitiser.

Facemasks
Facemasks are not recommended as an effective means of preventing the spread of infection. They play an important role in clinical settings, such as hospitals, but there's very little evidence of benefit from their use outside of these settings. However, if you receive external care you may be asked to wear a mask to minimise the risk to your carer.

Do not have visitors in your home
Do not invite or allow social visitors, such as friends and family, to enter your home. If you want to speak to someone who is not a member of your household, use the phone or social media.

If you have pets in the household
At present, there is no evidence that companion animals or pets such as dogs and cats, can be infected with coronavirus (COVID-19).

Looking after your wellbeing while staying at home
We know that staying at home for a prolonged period of time can be difficult, frustrating and lonely for some people and that you may feel low. It's important to remember to take care of your mind as well as your body and to get support if and when you need it. Stay in touch with family and friends over the phone or on social media. There are also sources of support and information that can help. Every Mind Matters

Think about things you can do during your time at home. People who have successfully completed a period of staying at home have kept themselves busy with activities such as cooking, reading, online learning and watching films. If you feel well enough you can take part in light exercise within your home or garden.

Ending self-isolation
You should remain at home until 7 days after the onset of your symptoms. After 7 days, if you feel better and no longer have a high temperature, you can return to your normal routine. If you have not had any signs of improvement and have not already sought medical advice, contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, call NHS 111.
Coughing may persist for several weeks in some people, despite the coronavirus infection having cleared. A persistent cough alone does not mean you must continue to self-isolate for more than 7 days.
12th March 2020
As mentioned on 5th March we are receiving daily updates regarding the current coronavirus outbreak. Please see below for the most recent message from the Director of Public Health. As you will see, the recommendation is that no further action, other than the emphasis on good hygiene, needs to be taken by schools at this point. If this changes, we will of course inform you at the earliest opportunity.
In the meantime, thank you for your support and understanding.
Kind regards, Mr Horner


Message from Director of Public Health – Wednesday 11th March 2020
As you know the number of confirmed Coronavirus cases across the country and in Oxfordshire are continuing to rise. This is expected and we will continue to see more cases in the coming days and weeks. The NHS and public organisations are fully prepared to deals with this. We know all of you are working incredibly hard to help us plan for the coming weeks ahead.

Although preparations are been considered for the “delay” phase, we still remain in the “containment” phase. Therefore as we see more cases, Public Health England will continue to work with the individuals concerned to identify close contacts and take necessary actions. As a result we will see more people being asked to self isolate and test for coronavirus. Almost 30,000 people in the country have been asked to self isolate and test and in the coming days you will see this to be common practice. It is perfectly normal if someone at your work place, businesses or schools are asked to self isolate. The advice remains the same. It is business as usual now. You or your organisation do not need to do anything unless you have been contacted by Public Health England.

We understand this can be concerning to the public but still stress there is no need for alarm. The situation is constantly evolving and it is important that people continue to go about their daily business and keep our services to the public running as normal.

The evidence still indicates that most cases continue to experience mild flu like symptoms. If you do have any concern please do visit the public health website which provides up to date reliable information. As the situation evolves further new information will be added to this website.

In addition to this I would also like to direct you towards the following PHE blogs which may help address some of the common questions you may have.
Coronavirus - what you need to know
What is self-isolation and why is it important?
Expert interview: What is contact tracing?
5 things you can do to protect yourself and your community

Last but not least, I want to thank for all you continued effort, patience and hard work in dealing with this. All of you can also help yourself by taking the usual precautionary measures that would help slow the spread of almost any germs, including Coronavirus:
  • Always carry tissues to catch your cough or sneeze
  • Bin used tissues as quickly as possible
  • Wash your hands often with warm water and soap
5th March 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,
There is no need to be alarmed - there have been no developments connected with Chesterton Primary School. However, given the publicity surrounding the outbreak of Covid-19 and the likelihood that there will be cases closer to home in the near future, I wanted to re-assure you that the school is receiving regular communication from both Oxfordshire County Council and Public Health England. Should we need to take action of any kind, beyond good hygiene habits that we encourage in children anyway, we will let you know. In the meantime, please refer to this government link if you would like any further information/advice.

If any member of the school community believes that they have been exposed to the virus or has returned from any of the specific areas listed, please contact NHS 111 to take advice. We would be grateful if you could inform the school at this point to allow us to take any further advice necessary.

I also wanted to inform you that today's assembly with the pupils focussed on the importance of handwashing and good personal hygiene. These were the two YouTube videos regarding handwashing that we showed, if you wanted to reiterate the messages at home. One and Two
Apologies if your child now sings Gangnam Style whilst washing their hands!

Some children were obviously aware of the Coronavirus from the news and from conversations at home and, whilst it was mentioned in the assembly, I tried to avoid any messages that would scare the children and focussed on the fact that good hygiene protects us from passing on any germs.
Staff will also be reminding/encouraging their children to remember good hygiene habits in age-appropriate ways in their own classrooms.
If your children do have questions, this link from BBC news may be useful for you.
Kind regards, Mr Horner
Chesterton CE Primary School              Alchester Road, Chesterton, Bicester              Oxon OX26 1UN
Tel: 01869 252498              office.3082@chesterton.oxon.sch.uk