At Holy Cross Prep, we understand the Coronavirus situation is unsettling for all and its unknown path can cause concern especially amongst parents of young children. I would like to assure you at Holy Cross we are aware of your anxieties regarding this and the importance of closely monitoring and implementing daily Government and Public Health England advice.
We have carefully considered the information provided by the Government and Public Health England (PHE), as well as key organisations in the education sector, and make decisions which prioritise the safety of our school community and the young children in our care. Consequently, we have decided to take a cautionary approach with regards to pupil and adult attendance in school, therefore no visitors or parents will be permitted on site. Whilst we cannot contain the spread of Covid-19, we are able to take precautions to slow the spread of this virus within our school community.
Please contact the school office if your daughter is affected. School work will then be sent home by the class teacher.
Thank you for your support and understanding as we work together on this matter.
Government advice specific to schools is found here.
Holy Cross Prep Risk Assessment
Holy Cross has produced risk assessments and action plans regarding Covid-19. The plans include:
- Monitoring and implementation of Government and Public Health England advice
- Keeping clear communication channels open with all Holy Cross community members to relay information regarding Government and Public Health England updates and any other local situation which may arise (via email, Yammer, ClarionCall)
- An action plan for suspected cases of coronavirus within the school community (which may include a school closure). Advice will be given by local Public Health England Health Protection Team)
- An action plan for diagnosed cases of coronavirus within the school community (which may include school closure). Advice will be given by local Public Health England Health Protection Team)
- Action plans for disruption in school services and providers
- Action plans to deliver education through an electronic home learning platform if necessary
- Increased hygiene regimes for pupils, staff and visitors e.g. staff monitoring hand sanitisation, assemblies on germ spreading and hygiene, increased cleaning of work and learning spaces including keyboards and stopping handshaking
- Checking travel and health of pupils, staff, parents and visitors e.g. via letter, verbally on entry to school (currently limiting school access of parents and visitors)
- Managing associated negative behaviour e.g. bullying, isolation, cyber-bullying targeted at pupils, parents or staff
The school is constantly updating their risk assessment in line with government guidance and new updates – please click here to access the latest version.
Please click here to access the school’s policy on the wearing of and removing of face coverings.
Operation Guidance for Schools
This guidance explains the actions school leaders should take to minimise the risk of transmission of coronavirus (Covid-19) in their school. This includes public health advice, endorsed by Public Health England (PHE).
It is for leaders and staff in:
- primary schools
- secondary schools (including sixth forms)
- special schools, special post-16 providers and alternative provision
- 16 to 19 academies
- infant, junior, middle, upper schools
- boarding schools
We expect independent schools to follow the control measures set out in this guidance in the same way as state-funded schools, and health and safety legislation applies equally to independent schools: Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
Department for Education coronavirus helpline
The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about Covid-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
8am to 6pm – Monday to Friday
10am to 4pm – Saturday and Sunday
If you work in a school, please have your unique reference number (URN or UK PRN) available when calling the helpline.
It is essential that everyone washes their hands more often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hand washing with soap employs mechanical action that loosens bacteria and viruses from the skin, rinsing them into the drain. Drying hands afterwards makes the skin less hospitable to the virus. Hand sanitiser can be effective if soap is not available or the situation makes using soap less feasible (i.e. when outside) but using hand sanitiser provides none of the virus-destroying friction that rubbing your hands together and rinsing with water provides.
The latest guidance and video on hand washing can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public
The e-Bug project is led by Public Health England and has a dedicated webpage for learning resources on hand washing and respiratory hygiene.
Resources are currently available for KS1, KS2 and KS3 and can be used in various settings including schools and at home: https://e-bug.eu/
Collection of guidance for educational settings on GOV.UK
All of the Department for Education’s coronavirus guidance for educational settings can now be found in one place on GOV.UK at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-schools-and-other-educational-settings
Our main schools guidance, the ‘actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak’ will be regularly kept up to date. Any new advice for schools on specific issues, such as food, exams or safeguarding, will be linked from: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-school-closures
Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms
Stay at home for 7 days if you have either:
a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (NHS consider a high temperature (fever) as generally to be 38C or over).
a new, continuous cough – this means you’ve started coughing repeatedly
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home.
Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you’re staying at home.
Read our advice about staying at home https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-advice/
Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:
• you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
• your condition gets worse
• your symptoms do not get better after 7 days
Useful Government Links
For the latest information and updates from the government, please follow the link:
For the latest information on travel, please follow the link:
The Department for Education has launched a helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education.
Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)