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Coronavirus update , Monday 23rd March

We hope that everyone at home is coping well so far on the first day of our school closure.  I would like to start by saying a big thank you to everyone in the Tunbury community for making such careful consideration of the coronavirus guidance, including social distancing, following NHS advice and avoidance of all non-essential travel at this time.


With this is mind, we were encouraged by the low numbers of children attending school today.  This morning, we have 40 children in school, being cared for by a team of Tunbury staff.  As previously communicated, our aim is to keep this number as low as possible in order to avoid unnecessary gatherings and to lower the risk to our children, parents and staff.  Please remember that home is the safest place for everyone, so if it is at all possible for children to stay at home, then this is where they should be.


In order to support this aim, we are now refining our systems for identification of which children have an absolute need to attend school during the closure period.


This system will now be based on the completion and verification of two forms. 
The first form is the parental form https://www.tunbury.kent.sch.uk/docs/letters/Parent_form_for_key_worker_or_
vulnerable_child_information.docx

This has not changed, so if we have already received your parental form, you don’t need to re-send it. 

The second form, which is new and attached to this email, is the employer certification from
https://www.tunbury.kent.sch.uk/docs/letters/Employer_form_for_verification_of_
key_worker_status.docx

If you are a key worker, we are now asking you to send this form to your employer and ask them to email it back to us on office@tunbury.kent.sch.uk by Wednesday.  From Thursday 26th March, a school place will only be made available to children for whom we have received and verified both the parental form and the employer certification form.

We appreciate your support in helping us to obtain this information.  At present, we are planning our staff rota for Tuesday and Wednesday, with our plan being to operate only two ‘classes’, rather than today’s six ‘classes’.  Once we have received the additional employer information, we will be able to plan for Thursday onwards.

Please note: the parental and employer forms will be available on our school website and can be filled in at any time.  So if you are currently keeping your children at home but your circumstances change later during the closure period, you can submit these forms at a later date, at least two days before a school place may be required.

Our school office will be open today, tomorrow and Wednesday, so please contact us via phone or email if you have any queries.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Finally, as a reminder, please continue to follow the NHS advice (https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/), which remains as follows:
Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms
Stay at home if you have either:
• a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
• a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do.
How long to stay at home
• if you have symptoms of coronavirus, you'll need to stay at home for 7 days
• if you live with someone who has symptoms, you'll need to stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person in the home started having symptoms

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