Castle Primary School
'Adventure Together; Learn Forever'
Dear Parents and Carers,
We are all aware that the situation with Covid-19 is a rapidly changing picture throughout the country. With this in mind we have been updating our response to the situation following the daily support from Devon County Council and the Public Health England. We have reviewed and updated our systems of cleaning and hygiene in school and are encouraging increased personal hygiene from the children.
Possible school closure
Please be aware the school will remain open for as long as it is deemed safe to do so by Public Health England. However, the additional advice from government which is likely to have an impact on schools and industry is anyone with a “new, continuous” cough or high temperature is now advised to self- isolate for seven days.
This new emphasis may well lead to an increase in staff and student absence. With regards to staff absence I need to make you aware that dependent upon the level of staff absence it may result in a partial or full closure of the school.
If we have to shut the school, the process is as follows
Once we re-open we will inform you through text and the school web site
We understand that closure is inconvenient for all and will have an impact on your child’s education.
To reduce this impact, our plans are as follows
We advise you try and keep some sort of normality, I know this is a hard one, through doing some of the following.
We have taken the decision to cancel the Easter holiday club provided through Primary Sports. This is part of our increased infection control routines in line with the government strategy.
If you are considering travelling during the Easter period, we advise you check on the government web site before doing so. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-specified-countries-and-areas
The Department for Education continues to keep schools updated on the government’s response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and have launched a new Coronavirus helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows: Phone 08000468687, opening hours are 8:00am to 6:00pm (Monday to Friday) or via email at DfE.Coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
Kind regards the school team.