6th March 2020
Dear Parent / Carer
As I am sure you aware, there is currently a worldwide outbreak of a new virus, Coronavirus (COVID-19). This is a developing situation, so I wanted to reassure you that school are keeping up-to-date with the Government guidance on this subject, and will follow all the Government’s recommendations for dealing with it.
Currently the guidelines say that the best defence is good hygiene and so we are addressing this within school. We are encouraging increased personal hygiene, in line with the Government’s recommendations. We are stressing the importance of hand washing, and will encourage children to wash their hands regularly, in particular when they arrive at school, after break, before lunch and before going home. We will also be reminding children of the importance of good hygiene when they have any cough or cold, and the use of tissues to “Catch it, bin it, kill it”. Please can you help by reminding you children of the importance of good hygiene at home, including washing their hands before they leave for school and when they get home. We are also ensuring the highest possible levels of hygiene in school through our regular cleaning, for example, ensuring that hard surfaces like desks and door handles are thoroughly and regularly cleaned to reduce the risk of transmission.
Currently, the highest risk of infection is from people who have travelled to areas already infected with Coronavirus, so we would ask for your help in following Government guidelines if you have recently travelled abroad. See the back of this letter for a summary of the current government advice, but please visit the Government website for more details and the most up-to-date advice: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public#returning-travellers
If you have not travelled abroad to one of the areas listed, then the Government advice says that children should continue to attend school if they are well. See the back of this letter for NHS advice on Coronavirus and how to avoid catching it.
We will continue to monitor and implement Government guidance, and will update you with any changes.
We would like to remind parents that the age restrictions for creating accounts for TikTok is 12+ and if children are under 18 parental supervision is required; for YouTube the age restriction is 13. Both apps allow account holders to create and upload videos and communicate with other users. This makes children vulnerable to cyberbullying and online predators. They are also likely to be at risk of viewing inappropriate content. To keep your children safe online, we recommend that you regularly monitor and regulate their usage.
Mr Nigel Daintith
GOVERNMENT ADVICE - CORONAVIRUS
Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people immediately if you’ve travelled to the UK from:
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
Lockdown areas in northern Italy:
Special care zones in South Korea:
Symptoms of coronavirus
The symptoms of coronavirus are:
But these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness.
The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu.
How to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus
3rd October 2019
Primary Relationships Education 2020
You may be aware that the government have introduced new guidance for Relationships Education which will become compulsory in all schools in England from September 2020. Schools will need to develop a curriculum to meet these new objectives. In primary schools, the emphasis of this new guidance is placed on the key building blocks of healthy, respectful relationships, focusing on family and friendships, in all contexts, including online. This will sit alongside the essential understanding of how to be healthy.
As part of this process, we are working with a group of inner-city Head Teachers alongside community groups and faith leaders to develop a whole school policy and curriculum. Throughout this process we will consult with parents and the wider community in order to arrive at a policy and practice that meets our legal requirements whilst taking in to consideration the views of our community.
I understand that there are concerns amongst sections of the community but I want to reassure you that our guiding principles are that compulsory subject content must be age and developmentally appropriate. It must be taught sensitively and inclusively, with respect to the backgrounds and beliefs of pupils and parents while always with the aim of providing pupils with the knowledge of the law.
At a recent meeting with Head Teachers and Governors the following objectives and timelines were agreed:
Autumn Term 2019
Gain the views of community groups to inform the writing of the policy and the development of materials
Spring Term 2020
Schools will consult on the policy and share the suggested materials with parents, carers and the wider community
Summer Term 2020
School will finalise and ratify the policy, share with parents and provide training for staff
Autumn Term 2020
Implement new Relationships Education for all year groups
We are aware that, nationally and locally, there are concerns about what will be taught in schools. May I assure you, the school’s role in Relationships Education is to educate and not to promote. In addition, during the consultation process you will have the opportunity to see first- hand and discuss the contents of the school’s curriculum.
If you have any questions or concerns about anything raised in this letter, please do not hesitate to speak to me.
Please visit our website: www.arboretum.derby.sch.uk / Parents / Letters to Parents to read this letter in other languages.
Mr N Daintith