Coronavirus Update - 18/03/2020
I know that you will all be concerned regarding the current situation and therefore felt that another update would be appropriate to help you understand what is happening at Oaklands.
We do not have any members of the school community (pupils, parents and staff) who have been tested positive for Coronavirus. We have a few staffs and pupils who are responsibly self-isolating as a precaution.
At present, we feel we have a sufficient number of staff and pupils to continue in a meaningful way. We continue to follow the government guidance and this is being reviewed daily. As previously explained, schools are currently asked to remain open. We know that retaining the routine and structure for our children, where possible, is beneficial for their well being and learning, and are making suitable adjustments to keep going with as much normality as possible!
Symptoms: As a reminder, if your child or anyone in your household has a fever or a new continuous cough, your
household must now remain in isolation for 14 days. (A fever is a temperature of over 37.8 degrees). You should not send your child to school and are asked to notify the school office.
The government are also advising those who are at increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) to be
particularly stringent in following social distancing measures. This includes a diagnosis of Asthma. Social distancing means taking steps to reduce social interaction including avoiding large gatherings of family or friends. The specific advice does not currently state that this should include self-isolation for this group. However, if you are concerned, please do not hesitate to call us. The government advice can be found here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people
Communication: As there is some uncertainty about how long schools will remain open, I would ask that you check your text messages, the school website, Weduc or Twitter regularly. These are the means of communication we would use to contact you if the school is asked to close by the Government, or in the eventuality of staff shortages. We would also notify Radio Leicester, who post information about school closures on their facebook page.
I am aware of the pace of change and we are constantly weighing the pros and cons of any decisions. I will keep you
updated as the situation develops. We thank you all for your support in these very strange and uncertain times.