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COVID-19 Coronavirus 12/03/20

by swisscottage / March 12th, 2020 / in Uncategorized / 0 Comments

Dear Parents and Carers,

The school has taken a number of proactive measures since February to promote the wellbeing of our school community. Our pupils have a spectrum of medical needs so our preventative hygiene measures at our school are very clear, regular, and effective. Our focus has remained on keeping the climate of our school calm, prepared, and focused on learning.

  • We have monitored the Government updates since February 2020 and introduced clear guidances from Public Health England for all visitors to the school. We have kept these updated in line with new guidances from the Department for Education and the Department for Health and Social Care.
  • We proactively secured hygiene products from our suppliers to ensure stock is on this school site.
  • Daily monitoring elevated to include our Chair of Governors and key leads in Camden for joint proactive planning from 4th March 2020.
  • On 5th March 2020 our risk assessments elevated due to the confirmed cases in London. At this stage, we confirmed our Coronavirus Policy with Camden Local Authority and key organisations.
  • On 5th March 2020 we stopped all curriculum learning that would take place at central London locations that have a high number of tourists (example: museums and art galleries).
  • From 6th to 10th March the number of cases in London increased with confirmed cases in Camden. By 10th March there were 91 cases confirmed across London.
  • On 11th March 2020 we stopped all curriculum learning that takes place outside of this school. This included swimming at the leisure centre and local community trips.

The local, national, and international developments with the COVID-19 Coronavirus experienced a significant change yesterday evening. The World Health Organisation confirmed COVID-19 Coronavirus as a ‘pandemic’. In London, there was a rise to 104 confirmed cases with 7 confirmed cases in Camden. The school is taking the following measures to proactively respond to the changing picture. We need to match the government’s current approach in ‘containment’ phase.

  • We are cancelling all events in our Teaching School and bookings in our conferencing facilities.
  • We are reducing the number of meetings that take place at the school by transitioning to video call meetings to limit the number of external professionals on site.
  • We are stopping all Family Inclusion Team workshops and meetings from today and transitioning to phone support for families.
  • We are beginning preparations if the government decided to close schools. (The school would not make this decision independently.)
  • We ask that all families ensure they know how to use their login and password for the ‘Evidence for Learning’ website we have used over the last few years. If you require support, contact your class teacher.
  • Please ensure your contact details and email address are correct in our system to support direct communication.

An interim updated timetable is attached. We are monitoring on a daily basis and will inform you if there is any guidance from the government that impacts on our school. Until then, we are open and focused on teaching and learning.

Sincerely,

Vijita Patel               Peter Sprinz

Principal                  Chair of Governors

http://swisscottage.camden.sch.uk/coronavirus-preventative-measures-for-visitors/

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