St Joseph and St Teresa

Catholic Primary School

“Walking hand in hand with God, as we strive to do our best”

Coronavirus Update

All the staff are missing you!

Hi - From Mrs Harvey


Dear Parents / Carers, 


I hope the last couple of days of home learning have been going well and you have been able to access the extra learning from teachers on class dojo. For those of us who have been in school for the last couple of days, it has been very strange and we are missing the children who are working at home immensely. Those children of key workers who have been in school have been beautifully behaved and hopefully have enjoyed themselves whilst in school. 


See below a document that may help around home learning and gives some different ideas as to how to structure timetables for the children. 


I am aware on facebook that there are lots of links and ideas as to how to home school the children, I found a link this morning that I thought would also be useful: please see below.


As most of us are now in lockdown, whilst the weather is beautiful, if you have a garden, please make as much use of it as possible over the next few days. 


Currently Mr Schwartz is looking into Google classrooms, so that if we are in this scenario after Easter, we can ensure that we can set up some more detailed learning across the school. 


If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me at  


Kind regards




Teresa Harvey

Coronavirus (Covid-19) - Update for Parents/Carers  


We wish to provide an update for parents/carers on the evolving situation with regard to Coronavirus.  Yesterday, the Government updated its advice to all.

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:
·            New continuous cough and/o
.            High temperature


For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild infection

Key messages

·         If you have symptoms of coronavirus infection (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home and do not leave your house for
           7 days from when your symptoms started.

·         This action will help protect others in your community whilst you are infectious.

·         plan ahead and ask others for help to ensure that you can successfully stay at home.

·         ask your employer, friends and family to help you to get the things you need to stay at home.

·         stay at least 2 metres (about 3 steps) away from other people in your home whenever possible.

·         sleep alone, if that is possible.

·         wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water.

·         stay away from vulnerable individuals such as the elderly and those with underlying health  conditions as much as

·         You do not need to call NHS111 to go into self-isolation. If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better
          after 7 days contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial


Who this guidance is for

This advice is intended for people with symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), including those with a diagnosis of coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, who must remain at home until they are well.

In light of the above advice if your child develops symptoms please do not send them into school for at least 7 days from the first day.   So that we can ensure the safety of all our students please continue to contact the school office to report your child's absence, simply advising us that they are in self-isolation, on 01749 678791 or email  

As of today, there are no known positive COVID-19 cases in our school community.  If this situation arises, we will follow Government Public Health England advice on how to manage the school at the time and will advise you and your child accordingly.  


Increased sanitisation cleaning is taking place around the school during and after the school day using appropriate disinfectant.  This includes areas most commonly touched such as desks and furniture, and door handles.  Toilets are being cleaned regularly and soap is being replenished.  Staff are reminding students of the importance of hand washing for 20 seconds with soap.  Please help us with this by reminding your son or daughter to respect basic personal hygiene including coughs and sneezes - catch it, bin it, kill it!


Following yesterday's Government update an instruction to close schools does not appear to be imminent, but could happen in the future as part of the "delay stage" of the virus management response.  


The school is working on contingencies to deliver learning opportunities to students during such a closure period, using online platforms including Class Dojo as well as activities that will not require use of IT equipment in the home.   We do appreciate that not all our students will have access to IT equipment at home.  


In the event of a closure, we will be communicating with you via email addresses and we will put it also on the school website.


If it arises, a closure notice may come at short notice and, if you have not already, we ask you to think about your preparations for such if this eventuality arises.

To help us to be able to communicate effectively with you as parent/carer, please can we remind you to update us if your contact details have changed eg: mobile phone, email address.  You can do this via the school office


We appreciate that this period is an anxious time.  Please can we ask all members of the community to remain courteous and patient with school staff as we deal with the developing situation.  We will advise you of any changes as soon as we are able to.


Finally, a reminder that the Government has an enquiries helpline for parents/carers, young people and school staff on 0800 046 8687, open from 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday.  Alternatively, you can email:

Thank you for your continuous support

Teresa Harvey