We’d like to update you about how we’ve been dealing with the implications of the Coronavirus outbreak in the UK at Ashmead.
- Talked to the children about Coronavirus in assemblies and class. Most are very aware of it and we want to make sure they are not frightened. We have explained that adults are talking about it a lot because it is new and is passed on very quickly. This is why it’s so important everyone washes their hands thoroughly and frequently.
- Explained to children how to wash their hands properly with soap. We looked at a video showing this in great detail. This message is being reinforced daily. Our youngest children (Nursery to Year One) are supervised washing their hands at least once a day. I have put the NHS video about hand washing at the end of this blogpost.
- Also explained to children about the importance of ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ when it comes to coughs and sneezes.
- Organised for Kris and the cleaning team to wipe surfaces (especially frequently touched surfaces such as door handles, handrails, keypads, etc.) more often.
- Made sure that sanitising gel is available for all visitors to the school.
- Made sure that sanitising gel is available in each classroom and that children can use this regularly, e.g. before lunch or after coughing/sneezing.
- Ensured that all children (Y2 – Y6) use sanitising gel before going to lunch (Nursery – Y1 wash their hands thoroughly at this time).
- Made sanitising gel available in the playground (kept with the first aid kit and designated first aider on duty)
- Replaced daily handshakes with non-touch alternatives.
We are checking for updates from Lewisham local authority and the Department for Education and Public Health England several times a day. There is a special helpline for schools to call with any concerns.
The current advice is to stay open and carry on as normally as possible.
There are a number of trips coming up. We are considering whether to go ahead with these trips with some added measures to our risk assessments whilst using public transport, e.g. using sanitiser after getting off the bus/train/tube etc. Each trip will be risk assessed individually. In addition we will take advice from the venues we are visiting and will also be guided by their advice. We will be in touch with parents of individual classes about their particular trip/s.
We will only go ahead with planned trips if we can be sure that the children are as safe as possible. We will let parents of individual classes know if trips are going ahead or not beforehand.