Tuesday 17th March
Dear Parents,

As the Isle of Man enters a new phase in the Corona Virus Outbreak, I wanted to let you all know what steps the school is currently taking to keep our whole community safe, and to ask you to help play your part.

The biggest single step that we can all take is good hygiene. We will be ensuring that all children wash their hands immediately they come into the building at the start of the day, and on every other occasion e.g. after play time or the daily mile. We have stepped up again our cleaning schedules and all communal areas will be cleaned and disinfected every morning, afternoon and after school.

In addition we are asking that NO Parent comes into the school, and instead waits outside in the playground at the start and end of the day. Teaching staff from every class will be in the playground from 8.50am if you need to pass on any information. Forms and payments for the school office can either be sent in an envelope and given to your child’s teacher, or placed in the red post box which we have moved to between the inside and outside main doors.

The current Government advice is for school to remain open, but we would ask that you all follow the current advise around self isolation. If your child, or any member of your household develops a high temperature or continuous cough, then you must self isolate for 14 days. If any member of your household does develop these symptoms, which will require self isolation, please inform us by text message, so that we can ensure that schools attendance registers are accurately marked.

I have taken the decision to cancel all Community based activities from tomorrow, which means that regrettably our Community Choir will not be starting on Friday, and our quiz night will not be going ahead. Today will also be the last Soft Play session for a while. As soon as this outbreak is over we will re-start all of our activities.

Currently we are going to continue Swimming and Ardwhallan, but will review these decisions on a daily basis and will inform all parents as soon as any changes are made. At this time it is to early to make a decision about our trip to Wales, we will review this after Easter.

Over the next few days we will be working in school to identify ways that we can support your child’s learning whilst they are not attending school. Once we have plans in place we will let you know via our school website, text service and Facebook Page.

As I am sure you can appreciate advice is changing daily and decisions I make today may well be changed again tomorrow. We will use all methods of communication to keep you up to date, and if you have any questions or concerns please feel free to either give us a ring, or e-mail me directly, jurbyheadteacher@sch.im

Yours Sincerely

Mr W Nelson

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