Update 26 March 2020
All parental letters can be found on the following link https://www.thekjs.essex.sch.uk/information/covid-19-letters/
At 5.15pm on Wednesday 18 March 2020, the Secretary of State for Education gave a public statement that all state-funded schools in England would be closed from the end of the school day on Friday 20 March 2020. He also indicated that the examinations due to take place this Summer, have been suspended; and that students would be credited for their learning in some other way.
The most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves is to wash their hands more often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water. 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.
The latest guidance and video on hand washing can be found here:
Department for Education coronavirus helpline
The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday), 10am to 4pm (Saturday to Sunday)
Please note, we are currently experiencing high volumes of calls. We appreciate your patience at this time and apologise for any wait that you may experience. To ensure that we answer your calls as quickly as possible, we have now extended our opening hours to cover weekends and are increasing the number of call handlers available to answer your calls.
Stay at home
You should only leave the house for one of four reasons:
- shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible.
- one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household.
- any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person.
- travelling to and from work, but only where you cannot work from home.
These four reasons are exceptions – even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household.
Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
Wash your hands as soon as you get home
You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.
Guidance for social distancing:
Do not leave home if you or someone you live with has either:
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough
Updates on COVID-19:
Latest Department for Education information: