School Closure

Stoke-on-Tern school is closed – we will let you know when this situation changes.

Please read this letter for further information. The letter includes information for key workers.

School Closure & Key Workers

Emergency Care for Key Workers: Agreement

Please note that, Gavin Williamson (Secretary of State for Education) has added further clarity to the definition of ‘key worker’ stating that, ‘You should only send your child to school on Monday if your work is critical to the COVID-19 response.’

The advice from the government is that, if you are able to keep your children at home, then you must.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) What you need to do

Stay at home

Please follow the latest Stay at Home advice to help stop the spread of coronavirus:

  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (where this absolutely cannot be done from home)
  • Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
  • Do not meet others, even friends and family
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home

You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.

News from the DFE – Thursday 19th March

Schools, colleges and early years settings to close

‘Yesterday Gavin Williamson, the Secretary of State for Education, announced that as part of the country’s ongoing response to COVID-19, schools, colleges and early years settings have been asked to close to everyone except children of key workers and vulnerable children from Monday 23 March.

A full list of key worker categories will be published by the Cabinet Office later today. We will share this with you once this information is made available’.

We will contact you when we know more!

School Closure – Monday

As you will be aware, the Government has announced that, from Monday, schools will be closed to all pupils, except those whose families fall into certain key categories. At present, we have no further details about this. We anticipate that the DFE will send clarification tomorrow (Thursday) and we will pass this information on to you as soon as we have it.

Thank-you for your patience during this extremely difficult time.


Daily Advice from the DFE – Tuesday 17th March

New guidance for households with symptoms

Yesterday, the Government introduced new guidance on whole household isolation in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak:

  • 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 current medical and scientific advice is for schools and other educational establishments to stay open. If this changes and the Chief Medical Officer and the Chief Scientific Adviser say closing schools, colleges, and early years settings is in the best interests of children and teachers the Department will take that step.

Corona Virus Advice Update Monday 16th March

Information from the DFE:

“Today, the Department for Education and Public Health England have issued updated guidance for education settings on COVID-19. This guidance will assist staff in addressing COVID-19 in educational settings. This includes childcare, schools, further and higher educational institutions.

What you need to know:

  • staff, young people and children should stay at home if they are unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature to avoid spreading infection to others. Otherwise they should attend education or work as normal
  • if staff, young people or children become unwell on site with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature they should be sent home

Current advice remains in place: no education or children’s social care setting should close in response to a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England.”

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