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Coronavirus/ COVID-19 Update – 18th March


As you will be aware the Government have issued updates advice on coronavirus this evening.  


  • Anyone living with someone that has a new, continuous cough or a high temperature must stay at home for 14 days. That includes all siblings.


  • If children are unwell at school with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature parents will be called to collect them immediately.  This is to help keep all children, parents and staff safe.


  • The Government has also stated that all non-essential travel and contact should be stopped so we are cancelling all school trips until next term. (This includes swimming)


  • The school will remain open.

I understand that this is a very difficult and worrying time. We will continue to do our upmost to keep our community safe and well. Please do not hesitate to contact the school should you require help and support.


We will update you as soon as we have further information.


Do not go (or take your child) to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home.


For most people, Coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild infection but if symptoms get worse or are no better after 7 days, contact NHS 111 online.


If you have no internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.


Stay at home guidance can be found at


Please let the school know as soon as possible if your child is unwell.


Please make sure that the school has up-to-date contact details for you and that you keep phones on so we can get in touch with you if necessary.


We do not have any confirmed COVID19 cases at school.


Public Health England and Department for Education current advice for schools in London is that staff and pupils should monitor themselves for symptoms and self-isolate if they experience symptoms. 


We understand that parents are concerned about the risk of their children catching Coronavirus and that some may want to keep children at home even though they are not required to do so by the medical advice. All pupils who are well enough to come to school and who do not fall into the categories described above, should attend school as normal.


We continue to follow the advice of the Department for Education and Public Health England in school.  We are encouraging all children and staff to wash hands properly and regularly and we are taking extra care with cleaning. We will continue to follow advice and we will keep you informed of the situation and what we are doing about it.


The school has taken the decision to cancel mass gatherings such as assemblies and family events are cancelled until further notice. We will not allow any more selling or sharing of foods via cake sales etc. This is to reduce the risk to our staff and students, and so that staff capacity can be prioritised for the day to day running of lessons during school hours.


Please make sure you check the NHS and government websites daily:


Latest Coronavirus advice:


Advice for vulnerable people:


I realise that this is a very worrying time for all of us. Rest assured that the safety of pupils, staff and the school community remains our priority and we will keep you updated with any new information


We will update this section of the website whenever we receive further updates from the Government or Local.


Please check our Twitter page for updates @AthelneyPrimary