10th March 2020
You will be acutely aware of the changing situation regarding coronavirus, and the press coverage this weekend concerning the likelihood of the government shortly announcing restrictions on gatherings of various sizes.
After careful consideration, we have decided to cancel a number of our larger gatherings at Hillcrest. This means, most pressingly, that:
All assemblies across the school, at all age groups, will be suspended for the rest of this term. This includes whole-school assemblies, Key Stage assemblies and celebration assemblies. The children will take part in class assemblies with their teacher.
Arrangements for lunch will continue as normal for now, as will breakfast and after school clubs, upcoming sports fixtures, and the like. If there are any changes we will be in touch to update you on these.
We are in constant touch with Public Health England who have explained that when any case of suspected coronavirus arises, the NHS will no longer test. Instead, anyone displaying symptoms should self-isolate for 7 days, after which time, provided the individual feels well enough, they can return to school, as they will no longer be infectious. Therefore, if your child displays either a high temperature and/or a new, continuous cough, they should stay at home for 7 days. We would also ask that you notify the school, preferably by email, so that we can monitor absences accordingly.
I understand that a number of families will continue to remain concerned, especially those who are caring for elderly or otherwise at-risk relatives. These are difficult times to navigate for all of us, but we will do whatever we reasonably can to support you and your children, should they need to be away from school.
We have already been clear with our children on the importance of handwashing and will continue to ensure that they wash their hands at regular times of the day.
I am sure you are already but please continue to take the time to explain the importance of such routines with your children so that we can look after the health of the whole school community – it will be easy for them to become complacent without constant messaging to this effect.
Thank you once again for your understanding of this difficult situation. I have been moved by a number of messages of support we have received, and I am grateful that Hillcrest has such a supportive parental body.