Dear Parents and Carers
We know that this is a troubling time and that many of you are feeling anxious about COVID-19. The safety and wellbeing of all children and staff at Overdale Infant School is of the utmost importance to us. We want to reassure you that we are staying up-to-date with Government and Local Authority guidance and ensuring we follow all recommended measures.
On this page, you will find all the information we have currently shared regarding the ongoing pandemic. There are links to the current guidance and resources to support your child if they are feeling worried about the coronavirus. We are reviewing the situation daily and taking on board any relevant Government advice. This page will be updated each day by 8pm as of 17th March 2020.
A coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China in January 2020.
The incubation period of COVID-19 is between 2 and 14 days. This means that if a person remains well 14 days after contact with someone with confirmed coronavirus, it is unlikely that they have been infected.
The following symptoms may develop in the 14 days after exposure to someone who has COVID-19 infection:
Generally, these infections can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease. There is no evidence that children are more affected than other age groups – very few cases have been reported in children.
All children have been taught how to wash their hands effectively and of the importance of doing this regularly, particularly before cooking and eating, after using the toilet and when entering school in the morning and after playtimes. Posters to remind children of how to wash their hands effectively have been put up in all of the children's toilets around the school. As always, hand sanitiser gel is also available for children to use should they wish to.
Teachers are having age-appropriate conversations with their classes about the coronavirus as we are aware that our children have questions and worries about what is going on and want to address these in a safe and open environment.
If your child seems worried about COVID-19, there are some useful resources at
People should self-isolate if they have either:
These actions will help to prevent the spread of the virus and protect the most vulnerable members of our community.
Please inform the school reception, either by phone or email, if your family is self-isolating and follow the NHS guidance https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-advice/
School absence due to self-isolation will not be classified as unauthorised. If you decide to keep your child off, please inform the school of their absence via the usual means and explain why they are self-isolating and what medical advice you have been given if any.