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Advice on Self-Isolating

Dear Parents/Carers,

Following on from my letter this morning, circumstances are changing for our school rapidly and we now have several members of staff who are self-isolating because family members have a cough.


Following guidance issued on 16th March 2020, anyone exhibiting a fever or a new cough has been advised to self-isolate for fourteen days - without testing. If your child has a cough and/ or a temperature PLEASE DO NOT SEND THEM INTO SCHOOL. If you choose to keep healthy children away from school because of health concerns please be honest with us about the reasons as the government need this information to monitor the situation.


As staff shortages escalate we will be forced to combine classes as we are not inviting supply agency teachers (who go from school to school) to cover our classes. Please be aware that your child may not be taught by their usual teacher.


Advice on self-isolating includes:


  • try to keep at least 2 metres (3 steps) from other people in your home, particularly people over 70, or those with long-term health conditions
  • ask friends, family and delivery services to deliver things like food shopping and medicines but leave them outside
  • sleep alone, if possible
  • ensure rooms are well ventilated
  • use separate household items such as towels, bedding, crockery and cutlery
  • regularly wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds
  • drink plenty of water and take paracetamol to help with your symptoms
  • pregnant women and the over 70’s should ‘socially distance’ themselves



  • do not have visitors (ask people to leave deliveries outside)
  • do not leave your home, for example to go for a walk, to school or to public places


We have received instructions from Government that Coronavirus related absence can be coded as ‘Y’ - exceptional circumstances. This will not be penalised where self-isolation due to family illness is reported. Please use the email address to report reasons for absence and to help free up our telephone lines. In order to protect our children and staff we will be sending home any child who comes into school with a cough or fever.


Please continue to be extra vigilant and encourage children and family members to continue to follow government advice re “Catch It, Bin It, Kill It” and washing hands frequently and properly. The Department of Education has launched a new helpline specifically to answer educational concerns re: Covid-19, this is available for parents and pupils. The contact details are - 0800 046 8687 or e-mail


We will continue to update you as and when the situation changes. Thank you for your continued support.


Yours sincerely,


Mrs S Manzi