Letter to Parents regarding Easter Holiday Provision
Corona Virus Update 25th March 2020
A new Essex Welfare Service is now available for those in the county in need of urgent support during the Coronavirus outbreak. It is also the place to report anyone in the Essex area who you are concerned about.
It is always advisable to reach out to friends and family or local volunteer organisations first of all, but if this is not possible, this service is available to make sure that everyone gets the assistance that they need.
0300 303 9988 (Mon-Fri 8am-7pm and Sat-Sun 10am-2pm)
Corona Virus Update 24th March 2020
Could all 'Critical Workers' who are continuing to send their child to school, please read the letter below from the Local Authority written following the broadcast address from Boris Johnson last night. Please be aware that, as a result of this guidance, we are likely to be seeking evidence of how your role is critical to the fight against COVID-19. We urge you to consider if you have any other possible childcare options and to only ask school to provide that care if there really is no other way to keep you child safe. For example is one parent working from home or are there older siblings at home who can look after your child? We thank you for your support and consideration at this difficult time for us all.
Letter from Clare Kershaw, Director of Education for Essex
Corona Virus Update - 23.03.2020
If you have applied for a school place via the appropriate application form, please note that registration closes at 9.15am. In order to enable us to organise staff and meals, it is not possible for us to accept children after this time. Thank you for your continued co-operation.
Corona Virus Update - 20.03.2020
We look forward to seeing the children of Key Workers who have submitted the application form in school from Monday 23rd March. No other children will be allowed in school from this date until further notice. As advised we will not be teaching the National Curriculum, instead children will undertake a number of planned activities throughout the day supervised by teachers and LSAs. Children do not need to wear uniform and should come prepared to take part in PE and other outdoor activities. The school kitchen will remain open throughout this time to provide lunches for those in school.
Application for School Provision
Corona Virus Update - 18.03.2020 - 6.45pm
In line with the Government announcement this evening, Spring Meadow School and Nursery will close at 3.15pm this Friday until further notice. If you feel you fall into the category of “Key Worker” and require your child to stay in school, please e-mail details of your name, job description and name of your child to Mrs Patrick at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
We will share further updates with you as soon as they become available.
Corona Virus Update - 18.03.2020
Corona Virus Update - 17.03.2020
The water fountains around school have been turned off today for Health and Safety reasons. Please ensure your child has a bottle of water in school. The children will still have access to drinking water within school.
Corona Virus Update - 16.03.2020
Latest update from the Department for Education issued to schools today.
Updated guidance for education settings on coronavirus (COVID-19)
Today, the Department for Education and Public Health England have issued updated guidance for education settings on COVID-19. This guidance will assist staff in addressing COVID-19 in educational settings. This includes childcare, schools, further and higher educational institutions.
What you need to know:
· staff, young people and children should stay at home if they are unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature to avoid spreading infection to others. Otherwise they should attend education or work as normal
· if staff, young people or children become unwell on site with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature they should be sent home
· clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces more often than usual using your standard cleaning products
· supervise young children to ensure they wash their hands for 20 seconds more often than usual with soap and water or hand sanitiser and catch coughs and sneezes in tissues
The updated guidance can be found here:
Current advice remains in place: no education or children’s social care setting should close in response to a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England.
The Chief Medical Officer has advised that the impact of closing schools on both children’s education and on the workforce would be substantial, but the benefit to public health may not be. Decisions on future advice to education or children’s social care settings will be taken based on the latest and best scientific evidence, which at this stage suggests children are a lower risk group.
Update - 16.03.2020
Update - 15.03.2020
We understand that this is a very worrying time for our families. The school has not been made aware of any confirmed cases of COVID 19. If and when we are notified of a confirmed case we will of course take all necessary action and keep parents informed via text and on our website. Many thanks.
Please find below links to the most up to date Stay at Home and Travel guidance from the Department for Education: