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Wednesday 18th March 2020

In line with new government guidelines, the school will be closed from Monday 23rd March 2020 for all pupils other than those whose parents are key workers.  The examples of key workers are NHS staff, police and delivery drivers.  If you are in one of these categories, please speak to a member of staff or reply on Class Dojo.  We will also be speaking to parents of other children who may benefit from being in school.  This will give us an idea of numbers so we can plan staffing and activities.


Tuesday 17th March 2020

Thank you for your continued support and communication regarding the developing coronavirus/COVID-19 situation.  Please be reassured that we are taking the situation very seriously as we continue to work together with you and the Government through this difficult time.

In line with current Government advice, the school will remain open.  Your child should continue to attend as normal. Please support and encourage your child to maintain high standards of hygiene at all times, washing their hands regularly for 20 seconds, using soap and water or a hand sanitiser.

The Government has now announced that if one person in any household starts to display symptoms of coronavirus/COVID-19, everyone living there must stay at home for 14 days. Furthermore, the public should avoid pubs, clubs, theatres and other such social venues.  Please refer to the ‘Stay at Home’ advice from Gov.uk (link below).


If another member of your household develops symptoms, you should aim to separate your child (and the rest of your family) from that person in your home.  You should isolate that person in a separate room with the door closed if possible.  If not, you should aim to keep them two metres (three steps) away from your child and other people in your household.

In the event that you are isolating your child at home, we ask that you text or email the school on the first day your child is absent, before 08:45.  Messages can be left on the school answering system (01359 259319). Please give the name and class of the student and state the reason for absence i.e. your child is self-isolating.  If your child is not fit to return to the school following the fourteen day self-isolation period, please contact us by email on admin@walsham-le-willows.suffolk.sch.uk   

You are not required to call NHS 111 when making the decision to self-isolate your child.  However, if their symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after seven days, then you should contact NHS 111 online or call if you do not have internet access.  Throughout a declared period of self-isolation, please be assured your child’s absence will be authorised and we will not require medical evidence.

In addition, please support the school by ensuring we are kept up to date with your contact addresses and telephone numbers, including if your child is moved to live with someone else during this period.  Email the school with any changes using admin@walsham-le-willows.suffolk.sch.uk

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