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Coronavirus Update – 17th March 2020



East Barnet School continues to remain up-to-date with the latest information from the Department for Education (DfE) and Public Health England (PHE) with respect to COVID-19. As result we have taken the following precautions to minimise the risk:

  • We have undertaken a review and increased the cleaning of regular touch points such as handrails, door handles and keyboards.
  • We are keeping our students educated on the latest guidance from Public Health England, through assemblies, form time and educational posters around school.
  • We have informed students of the procedures for safe hand-washing during form time.
  • We are monitoring daily staff and student absence to keep track of symptoms.
  • We are monitoring and reviewing travel on a case by case basis alongside the specialist DfE coronavirus support team, the local council and Public Health England.
  • We are purchasing hand sanitisers and will place them in key areas around the school.
  • We are reducing contact point activities, like hand shaking or holds in gymnastics.
  • School visitors must use hand gel or wash their hands before entering and there is a no handshake policy on the school site.
  • We have ordered tissues for each classroom and have reminded the children of the ‘catch it, kill it, bin it’, message.
  • We are speaking with students and staff with pre-existing medical conditions and are asking them to make contact with their consultants to seek medical advice.

The most effective and yet simplest piece of advice that everyone can follow to curb the spread remains to wash their hands regularly throughout the day and follow this PHE advice. Please can you ensure that your son/daughter has a packet of disposable tissues with them, so they can use them if needed. If you are able to procure small bottles of alcohol based hand sanitiser for your child, then please do so. Please reiterate the vital importance of hand washing at regular intervals using hot water and soap and ensure your child knows the length of time this should take and how thorough this process should be.

Although the advice thus far is to remain open, we have of course, been working for the last few weeks on our Business Continuity Plan, reviewed our risk assessments and prepared our online learning platform in the event of a forced closure. Due to our planning and preparation, we are confident that staff and students would be able to continue to follow their daily timetable using remote learning. To ensure your child is ready for this please take the following actions:

If you do not have a computer or internet connection, please tell your child’s form tutor so that alternative arrangements can be made.

Please also ensure that the school has up-to-date contact information as updates and communication will be sent through email, text message, the school website and the EBS Twitter.

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If your child has a high temperature and/or a new continuous cough, please inform the school and keep them at home for 7 days. If anyone in your household has a high temperature and/or a new continuous cough, please inform the school and keep them at home for 14 days.

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