CORONAVIRUS IMPORTANT INFORMATION

TESTING FOR CORONAVIRUS (if you have symptoms)
 
From 28th May, anyone with symptoms will be tested and their close contacts will be traced.
 
• Testing now includes the under fives.
 
 
• Anyone with a new, continuous cough, a high temperature or a change in their sense of smell or taste is asked to immediately report these symptoms and book a test at nhs.uk/coronavirus or call 119.
 
 
• If the test is positive, NHS Test and Trace will contact the person and they will be asked about recent interactions, including household members, and those they’ve had direct contact with or within two metres for more than 15 minutes.
 
• Anyone who is identified as being in close contact with someone with a positive test must stay home for 14 days, even if they have no symptoms. (Other members of that household do not have to self-isolate if there are no symptoms).

New local support for families

 The Covid-19 lockdown has been difficult for many, including staff working with young families, and across the early years sector.  Birmingham partners including the NHS, Birmingham Children’s Trust, Birmingham City Council and West Midlands Police have launched a new locality model to help schools to support your vulnerable families.

 We also have a new resilience fund for families.  A member of staff can fill in a form and we will get help to that family SO PLEASE JUST ASK US, e.g. for urgent needs, food, utility bills, white goods.  Financial help is often given within the hour.

 Go to the Birmingham Children’s Partnership for all the details  www.birmingham.gov.uk/Covid19CYPF 

Contact information is included in the Early Help Offer below:

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
 
Thank you for visiting this special page, set up to provide you with information about how we are dealing with the Coronavirus outbreak at Thornton.  The school closed indefinitely on Friday 20th March at 3.30 p.m.  On this page you will find useful information and links to special websites giving information on how to keep yourself safe and what to do in the event that you, or one of your family, develop symptoms of Coronavirus. 
 
Everyone in the school community has a responsibility to listen to and follow the guidance provided so that the NHS is not overwhelmed with unnecessary contact.  You should not be going to the doctor's surgery or hospital outpatients department.  You should be making use of the NHS 111 helpline but only if your symptoms become unmanageable at home.  Most people who contract the virus will experience either no, or very mild, symptoms and will recover in less than a week.  Please ensure that you keep up to date about guidance on Social Distancing. PLEASE FOLLOW THIS ADVICE AND HELP VITAL RESOURCES TO BE TARGETED AT THE RIGHT PEOPLE.
 
WHAT STEPS WILL WE CONTINUE TO TAKE TO ENSURE THE SCHOOL SITE REMAINS SAFE FOR STAFF AND THE CHILDREN OF KEY WORKERS?
 
  • We will continue to wipe down surfaces and clean toilets frequently during the day.
  • Staff and children will wash hands regularly and for at least 20 seconds using soap and hot water as per guidance from NHS England.
  • The school site will be closed to everyone but essential visitors.
  • Playtimes and lunchtimes will be carefully managed to limit the number of pupils coming together at these times.  
  • Staff or children showing signs of the virus e.g. very high temperature, persistent cough are strictly following government advice.
HOW TO LOOK AFTER YOUR WELL-BEING AND YOUR CHILDREN'S WELL-BEING DURING THE OUTBREAK
 
Here are some useful websites you can visit to give you support for your well-being during the outbreak.