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Coronavirus – Covid 19


The Government continues to issue guidance for schools regarding the prevention strategy for Covid 19.

Yesterday, 16th March, the Government issued their latest guidance in response to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.                                                                                                                                Full details of each stage of the government action plan can be found here:

The new guidance is as follows

  • if you live alone and you have symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started
  • if you live with others and you or another member of the household have symptoms of Coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill. It is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community
  • for anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14-day isolation period.

The symptoms are:

  • A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)
  • A new, continuous cough

The full stay at home guidance for households with these symptoms can be found here:

The Prime Minister’s statement from Monday 16 March can be found here:

I wanted to reassure parents that as a school community we are doing whatever we can to prevent unnecessary risk to the children and staff in Willow Grove. The situation is changing rapidly as I’m sure you are aware and we will endeavour to keep our website updated for you. 

We have currently taken the following steps:

  • Outreach support to other schools has been suspended until further notice.
  • All staff attendance at any training out of school has been cancelled.
  • All non- essential visitors to school will be cancelled as of Monday 16th March.
  • Swimming lessons will be cancelled as of Monday 16th March.
  • Teachers are preparing homework packs for their classes just in case of any school closure in the near future.
  • The Family Partnership Service will not be making visits to family homes until further notice – they will continue to be available to families in school.



In school we are continuing to follow all the advice and recommendations given by the Government, Public Health England and our own Local Council.  Please keep school informed if you take the decision to self-isolate you child in order for us to track our attendance.


In the meantime, we ask that you inform school and keep your child at home if he/she develops a persistent cough and/or a high temperature as per Government guidelines.


Information to support families


How to wash your hands properly

Wash your hands more often for 20 seconds with soap and hot water.
Watch this short NHS film for guidance:

Teach young children how to wash their hands with the NHS handwashing song:

Public Health England recommends that in addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.


Thank you for your co-operation.

I hope you all keep safe and well.