I am sure you are aware of the current crisis that is facing the entire country at the current time, with the new variant of Coronavirus spreading rapidly.
The situation in Croydon is critical at the moment, with 1 in 20 people infected in the London area. It has recently become clear that primary aged children are not only becoming affected by this new strain, but they are vectors of transmission, spreading the virus between each other and on to their families.
With this in mind, the government have requested that all schools continue to provide remote learning for the majority of our pupils until at least February half term. The safest place for children at the moment is at home, if they can be looked after safely, limiting travel and contact with other people.
Whilst schools do have limited capacity to look after the children of critical workers, this is for those parents who do not have any other safe childcare options. This is to ensure limited numbers of children within the school, prevent families from travelling unless essential and try to prevent the spread of this new strain - each person within the school could potentially spread the virus.
The symptoms found in children can include those seen in adults:
• A loss of smell
• A new, continous cough
but one or more of the following have also been found in younger children testing positive for Coronavirus (sometimes without any of the above symptoms)
• Upset stomach
• Cold symptoms
• Aching muscles
If you or your child(ren) are exhibiting any of these symptoms, please do not come to school, but book a test and self isolate for 10 days from the initial symptoms. If your child tests positive, pleaseinform the school immediately.
If any of our families require any support during this time, please do not hesitate to contact school by calling 02086607500 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
During this time, we wish all of our families good health.
Mrs Jo Richardson