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Friday 20th March 2020 2.17pm


If your child is to coming to school on Monday 23rd March please read the letter on the website. It can be found under News & Events - Coronavirus.


Kind regards,



Letter to Parents who are Key workers with children attending school



Friday 20th March 2020 2.14pm


Please note: School will be closed to pupils today and not re-open on Monday 23rd March 2020. Only children of Key workers and certain identified children will attend on Monday 23rd March 2020. Thank you for your support.


Kind regards,




Dear Parents,


We are in the process of putting a contingency plan together for children that are entitled to free school meals. If your child is entitled to free school meals, during closure we are aiming to offer a packed lunch collection for those that would like it.  If you would be interested in receiving a packed lunch for your child/ren please inform the school office via email by lunch time tomorrow.


Kind regards,



Coronavirus Update Letter - 19.03.2020 3pm



Parents who are Key Workers - 19.03.2020  1.10pm 


Dear Parents,


The Government are announcing who are eligible as key workers this afternoon. If you think you are a key worker e.g NHS Staff, Police etc please contact the school office to notify us if you will need the school service next week. Please call 01634 843084. As soon as we have further information from the Government we will send out a second message.


Kind regards,




Foodbank Vouchers and Coronavirus


Dear Parents


As we enter into a difficult period for our communities and our families, we have contacted some local foodbanks should some families find themselves in an emergency.


Some Foodbank Centres may not be open or may not have supplies so it is wise to check before any visit. The Foodbank Centres are;


All Saints Community Project

33 Magpie Hall Road

Chatham    ME4 5NE                                Tel: 01634 845419

They are open Mon/Wed/Fri between 10 am and 1pm.



Third Floor, Kingsley House

Gillingham   ME7 4PF                                Tel: 01634 383760

They are open Mon to Fri 9am to 3pm.


Gillingham Street Angels

43, Skinner Street

Gillingham   ME7 1LG                                Tel: 07790 052575          

They are open Mon to Fri 9:30am to 4pm.    


We hope that such emergencies situations will not happen, but we have provided these details just in case.  


Remember to follow all official instructions for coronavirus to stay safe.


Wishing all our families well over the next few weeks.




Closure Updates & Contact - Wednesday 18th March 2020 8.30am 


Dear Parents, Due to the volume of calls we are receiving, we wanted to inform you that we will update you as soon as we are aware of any changes to school closures. We are currently open and have no plans to close until we have been told by the government. If your child has a temperature or a new cough please keep them and any siblings at home for 14 days. Please only call the school to inform of a new absence or for urgent queries.

Kind regards,




Tuesday 17th March 2020 15.30pm Coronavirus Update 


New guidance for households with symptoms:


Yesterday, the Government introduced new guidance on whole household isolation in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak:


*If you live with others and you or another member of the household 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. 


The symptoms are: 
*A High temperature (37.8 degrees or above)
* A new, continuous cough


Kind regards,




Coronavirus update Tuesday 17th March 2020

The latest advice says that if anyone in your household develops the Coronavirus symptoms


– a high temperature and/or a dry cough,


then the whole family should self-isolate for a period of fourteen days.

Children continue to wash their hands regularly throughout the day and we have hand sanitizer in all classrooms.


Thank you for your continued support




12th March 2020


Coronavirus Update

Dear Parents,

We would like to update you that we currently do not have any cases of coronavirus reported at the school.


We are following the department of education guidelines and will keep you updated.


If you do need advice please call the coronavirus information line on 0800 046 8687.


Work has been given to children in case of closures but the school currently remains open.


Kind regards.




27th February 2020


Dear Parents and carers,


Coronavirus Update


There have been lots in the media recently about the Coronavirus outbreak in Asia and parts of Europe.  This is clearly a developing situation.  Public Health England advises that the risk to individuals remains low. You may find the following information in the link below useful:


This website provides specific guidance on areas overseas, whereby you may need to self-isolate if you have visited them, within the stated time periods on the advice document.  The school will be following this guidance and we would advise anyone who meets these criteria to contact the school and their GP/the NHS on 111, as advised in the document.


Each class has got hand sanitizer which all staff and children have been encouraged to use at the beginning of the day, before and after break and lunch times and after going to the toilet.  Washing hands and keeping them away from the mouth area will go a long way in stopping the spread of the germs.  We will be encouraging all of our children to do this and to be extra vigilant towards the children and our own personal hygiene.


The school will continue to keep you informed of any updates that we receive from relevant agencies.  If you have any concerns we would ask you to contact the school through the usual channels and we will advise on any action needed.  Our first duty is always to ensure the safety of all members of our community.


Yours faithfully,


Mrs N Forrest




25th February 2020


Dear Headteacher,


Re: COVID-19 Advice for schools and educational settings


You may be aware that advice for travellers from affected areas has recently changed and it has come to our attention that this may affect children and staff returning from school trips. Please be aware that this is a fast evolving situation and we will continue to share any new advice at the earliest opportunity.


As of today (25th February) advice for returning travellers is as follows:


1) If you have returned from the following areas since February 19, call NHS111 to inform them of your recent travel, stay indoors and avoid contact with other people even if you do not have symptoms:


  • Iran
  • Specific lockdown areas in Northern Italy* as designated by the Government of Italy
  • Daegu or Cheongdo, Republic of Korea
  • Hubei province, China (returned in the past 14 days)


*Bertonico, Casalpusterlengo, Castelgerundo, Castiglione D'Adda, Codogno, Fombio, Maleo, San Fiorano, Samaglia, Terranova dei Passerini, Vo


2) if you have returned from the following areas since February 19th and develop symptoms, however mild, you should stay indoors at home and avoid contact with other people immediately and call NHS111. You do not need to follow this advice if you have no symptoms.


  • Northern Italy
  • Vietnam
  • Cambodia
  • Laos
  • Myanmar


3) If you have returned to the UK from any of the following areas in the last 14 days and develop symptoms of cough or fever or shortness of breath, you should immediately stay indoors and avoid contact with other people, call NHS111 to inform them of your recent travel to the country.


  • Other parts of China outside Hubei province
  • Thailand
  • Japan
  • Republic of Korea
  • Hong Kong
  • Taiwan
  • Singapore
  • Malaysia
  • Macau


Further guidance for educational settings has been published at the following links and will be updated as soon as possible with the above advice and any further:


Information for the public:


Yours sincerely


Dr Alexander Allen

Kent Health Protection team

Public Health England