Contingency plan for a school closure – March 2020
The news is dominated by updates of the Covid-19 virus and the impact that it is having on societies across Europe. We are following guidance and advice from the Department of Education who are liaising with the Department for Health. Currently, we have been advised to continue as normal; if a child develops a high temperature or a new cough, it has been advised that they are isolated for 7 days; this is also the case if another family member develops the symptoms – the whole family should self-isolate. Accessing 111 online (https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19) is the first course of action for anybody displaying these symptoms. If you are self-isolating, please telephone the school office to inform us that this is the case so that we are able to record this on our daily register. A record of children/families who are self-isolating will be kept by our Education Welfare Office (EWO) as a way of tracking pupil attendance.
In the meantime, as we remain open, we are putting the following measures in place:
If schools are told to close by the Department of Education, the staff at Monks Abbey have a number of plans in place to ensure that the impact of being closed is minimised for all parties:
A school closure is never an ideal situation; we will ensure that we do everything that is possible to reduce the impact of a closure. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the school office or email one of the email addresses above.
We will continue to keep you updated with any developments.
The Monks Abbey Team