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Coronavirus Update 16.03.2020

16 March 2020

Monday, 16th March 2020

Dear Parents, Guardians and Caregivers,

We understand that many of you are understandably very worried about the escalating issue with Coronavirus. 

We wanted to reassure you that the pupil and staff community, here at Combe Down Primary School, are our number one priority and we are working very closely with all the relevant local and national health and education authorities to prepare for every eventuality. We are committed to updating you as and when things change, and we have further news to share.

For that reason, please continue to refer to Parent Mail for any communications labelled Coronavirus Update/dated. Any more urgent communications will also be communicated via text message.  With that in mind, please find below the current status and useful information.

Please also kindly remember that we are educators and not crisis or communications experts, but we are a very strong community here at Combe Down Primary and must try to remain united and calm for the benefit of the children.

Thank you for your continued support and cooperation. 

Many thanks,

Jane Gascoigne, Jo Bird, Antony Wainer, Jon O’Neill, Caroline O'Neill
Combe Down Senior Leadership Team

COMBE DOWN PRIMARY – Coronavirus Status

16/03/20:

School closure:

Not confirmed 

 

Latest advice:

If a child has a constant cough and temperature, please do not bring them into the school and self-isolate for 7 days.

 

Likewise, if you are a parent, caregiver or guardian of a child and have a constant cough and a temperature, you should remain away from school for 7 days to avoid spreading the infection.

KEY ACTIONS

 

At school

 

 

We continue to provide age appropriate communication to children about Coronavirus.

 

We are encouraging hand washing before entering the classroom and at lunchtime.

 

Teachers are being briefed to be alert for child displaying symptoms. 

 

At home

 

Please promptly come and collect any child if we call you.

 

Please continue to encourage your child to practise good hygiene. 

 

Please ring the school reception to let us know if your child is displaying symptoms and you are self-isolating.

Useful links

 

NHS guidelines: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

 

Talking to your children about Coronavirus:  https://bristolchildparentsupport.co.uk/how-to-talk-to-your-child-about-coronavirus/

https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/51204456

 

Useful home-schooling websites if your child/family is in self-isolation:

FREE online education resources

BBC Learning
http://www.bbc.co.uk/learning/coursesearch/
This site is old and no longer updated and yet there's so much still available, from language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision. No TV licence required except for content on BBC iPlayer.

 

Blockly
https://blockly.games

Learn computer programming skills - fun and free.

 

Scratch
https://scratch.mit.edu/explore/projects/games/
Creative computer programming

 

Ted Ed
https://ed.ted.com
All sorts of engaging educational videos

 

National Geographic Kids
https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/
Activities and quizzes for younger kids.

 

Duolingo
https://www.duolingo.com
Learn languages for free. Web or app.

 

Mystery Science
https://mysteryscience.com
Free science lessons

 

Crest Awards
https://www.crestawards.org
Science awards you can complete from home.

 

iDEA Awards
https://idea.org.uk
Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.

 

Paw Print Badges
https://www.pawprintbadges.co.uk
Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional.

 

Tinkercad
https://www.tinkercad.com
All kinds of making.

 

Cbeebies Radio
https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/radio
Listening activities for the younger ones.

 

Nature Detectives
https://naturedetectives.woodlandtrust.org.uk/naturedetect…/
A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location!

 

British Council
https://www.britishcouncil.org/school-resources/find
Resources for English language learning

 

Oxford Owl for Home
https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/
Lots of free resources for Primary age

 

Geography Games
https://world-geography-games.com/world.html
Geography gaming!

 

Blue Peter Badges
https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/joinin/about-blue-peter-badges
If you have a stamp and a nearby post box.

 

The Artful Parent
https://www.facebook.com/artfulparent/
Good, free art activities 

 

Red Ted Art
https://www.redtedart.com
Easy arts and crafts for little ones

 

The Imagination Tree
https://theimaginationtree.com
Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest.

 

DK Find Out
https://www.dkfindout.com/uk/…
Activities and quizzes

 

Twinkl
https://www.twinkl.co.uk
This is more for printouts, and usually at a fee, but they are offering a month of free access to parents in the event of school closures.

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