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Statement on School Opening Issued by Derbyshire County Council

Head Teacher Update 22 May 2020

School Closure - Key Workers Letter 20.3.20

Coronavirus Closure Letter - 19.3.20 @11.00 am

Latest Update about Procedures Inside School (as 9.30pm of 17.3.20)


In order to delay the spread of infections, we have decided to:


- Cancel all after school clubs and tuition groups

- Cancel the Y5/6 Exhibition Day and Fajita Evening

- Stop assemblies for the time being

- Cancel the EYFS spring tea, the Daffodil Tea (plus non-uniform days), and the Easter church service

- Stagger lunch times and break times

- Stop visitors and volunteers for the time being (except toast volunteers who have minimal contact with children)

- Cancel Playgroup until further notice

-  Cancel face-to-face parent meetings


As always, thanks for your continued support. 

Current situation - last updated 6pm, 16 March 2020


The latest government advice is:

  • School closures: the chief scientific adviser has now said it "may be necessary" to think about closures in the future. However, the DfE is still advising schools to stay open, unless:
    • Our local health protection team tells us to close, or
    • We don't have enough staff in to run the school - we will make this assessment with support from our local authority
  • Self-isolation measures: anyone with symptoms is now being urged to self-isolate for 14 days, rather than 7 days as it was before. Anyone who lives with someone with symptoms should also self-isolate for 14 days.

The following has not changed with the latest announcement:

  • Exams: Ofqual is still saying we should prepare for summer exams as usual
  • Inspection: Ofsted announced changes to its inspection procedures in light of COVID-19. Schools can now defer inspections if they're affected by the virus


Latest public health guidance:


Latest Guidance to Schools:



Preparing for potential self-isolation and closure:


While there's been no change to the position on school closure in England and Wales, the latest announcement from the Republic of Ireland may make the potential for closure seem closer. 


In the event of a whole school closure, parents will be notified at the earliest opportunity, and daily work will be posted on the website for each age group. 


Preventing the spread:

  • Lessons about hygiene and posters about hand washing and preventing the spread of germs are displayed all around the school 
  • Children should wash hands before they come to school, on arrival at school, before lunch, after breaks, forest schools, PE lessons and before going home
  • There will be no self-service during lunch time 
  • In the event of a confirmed case of Coronavirus within the school, we will close temporarily whilst a deep clean takes place
  • In the event of a larger infection, we will follow advice from Derbyshire County Council and the DfE on our course of action 


Recording absence and attendance:


Latest advice from the DfE:

  • Code 'I' (illness) will be used where a pupil cannot attend school due to illness. This counts as an authorised absence
  • Code 'Y' (unable to attend due to exceptional circumstances) will be used where a pupil is in self-isolation, in accordance with latest information and advice from the Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England



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