Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Update Following Government Statement 16 March 2020
The Government statement yesterday outlined a number of measures that they are introducing to delay and flatten the peak of the Coronavirus epidemic.
This is to confirm these measures and how they relate to our school community.
This update also gives you the links to the latest Government advice (both updated 16 March 2020):
Poole Grammar has no confirmed cases of Coronavirus. If a case is confirmed then action will be taken in line with Government guidance. This would include a risk assessment being undertaken with advice from Public Health England. We continue to operate on Government and Public Health England advice.
If a student or member of staff exhibit the most common symptoms of Coronavirus which are the recent onset of:
- new continuous cough and/or
- high temperature
they must self-isolate at home and follow the Covid-19: stay at home guidance. All the members of that household then need to adhere to this Government guidance too.
Should you need to take your child out of school as a consequence of Government guidance, this will be recorded as an authorised absence.
We are doing our best to keep teaching and learning going for our students but against a backdrop of great uncertainty. You will appreciate that we are concerned for the health and safety of all our staff. In the event of staffing being affected at school, some changes may need to be made to the way that lessons are delivered and the school operates. We will do our best to manage this as smoothly as possible and in particular to ensure that students sitting examinations this academic year are the first priority.
If we are forced to close or have to consider closure, we will communicate to you the plans to keep some elements of teaching and learning going using the IT tools at our disposal.
Thank you for your support and understanding at this very challenging time. We will continue to keep you updated as the situation develops.
Mr A J Baker