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Department for Education Coronavirus Helpline
The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:
Hand Washing Advice
It is essential that everyone washes their hands more often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hand washing with soap employs mechanical action that loosens bacteria and viruses from the skin, rinsing them into the drain. Drying hands afterwards makes the skin less hospitable to the virus. Hand sanitiser can be effective if soap is not available or the situation makes using soap less feasible (i.e. when outside) but using hand sanitiser provides none of the virus-destroying friction that rubbing your hands together and rinsing with water provides.
Here are some useful websites to support our families and the safeguarding of our children.
Warwickshire Welfare Scheme - www.warwickshire.gov.uk/localwelfarescheme or tel: 0800 408 1448
Please contact the school Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs) if you have a concern about a child:
Mrs K Davidson: email@example.com
Mrs E Collett-Cox: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs D Hicks (Pre-school): email@example.com
call any of these services listed
Government Advice on Social Distancing
Maintain a distance of 2m from people other than those in your immediate household.
Social distancing measures are steps you can take to reduce social interaction between people. This will help reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). Social distancing includes reducing the number of contacts we make, as well as the 2m rule. Cutting down the number of contacts we have is the most effective way of reducing spread of the virus.
Government Advice on Face Coverings
Face coverings are instead largely intended to protect others, not the wearer, against the spread of infection because they cover the nose and mouth, which are the main confirmed sources of transmission of virus that causes coronavirus infection (COVID-19).
Face coverings need to be worn inside any premises and on public transport. Face coverings must be worn by visitors inside school and on the school site. Children do not need to wear face coverings.
Everyone should be trying to follow these measures as much as is practicable.
Social Distancing and Face Coverings at
Binley Woods Primary School
Parents are required to wear face coverings at all times when on the school premises.
All parents are expected to comply with social distancing expectations at all times when on the school site, both with staff and with other parents. This is particularly important at arrival and collection times when there will be more people on the site. We have adopted staggered arrival and collection times for year group bubbles to support social distancing but we rely on parents, grandparents and carers to leave the site directly and maintain a 2m distance from others. Only one parent who has no symptoms may drop off and collect. Thank you for respecting these expectations.
Meetings with parents will take place via Teams or Zoom to maintain social distancing.
Staff are not expected to wear face coverings in primary schools, and neither are primary aged children. Children are not to wear masks at school. If parents wish their child to wear one to and from school they will need to remove it safely from their child before they enter the school and take it home. Equally they will need to bring one from home when collecting their child and safely put it on them.
Staff will wear face coverings for cleaning, during first aid, when entering bubbles that are not their own place of work within the school, and if they are concerned about their health.. Staff in school will maintain social distancing in shared spaces and restrictions are in place on numbers of adults allowed in small spaces including the staff rooms.