Coronavirus Concerns

17th March 2020


Dear Parent/Carer,


Re: Coronavirus concerns


I write to update you following my letter of the 13th March 2020 and to let you know what we are doing and how we can support each other going forward.

I’d like to reassure you that at the Russett School we’re taking all of the necessary steps to protect our community and are continuing to follow official guidance from the government and Public Health England.

The current situation is that the academy remains open, this is the official guidance we’ve been given.

If you, your child or anyone you live with has either of the following symptoms, you must all self-isolate for 14 days.

  • A new, continuous cough and/or
  • A high temperature

If your child is unwell or is self- isolating, report this as you normally would by telephoning the academy on 01606 855832 or 01606 853005 or emailing

If a pupil has to self-isolate, the absence will be recorded as “unable to attend due to exceptional circumstances” and will be authorised.

We will keep you up to date with any changes to the current situation.

To protect pupils and staff we are cancelling all meetings, both external and internal. Annual reviews will take place by telephone and you will continue to receive the paperwork in the post. We are also cancelling any trips for the foreseeable future.

Please ensure that we have your up to date contact details so that we are able to make contact with you to inform you that your child has become ill with either a new continuous cough or a high temperature, and you are able to come and collect them straight away.

We will only close the academy if we’re either officially advised to do so or due to high levels of staff absence resulting in an inability to run the academy. In either case, we will contact you by telephone and social media how much to send a letter to australia from uk. As previously advised, teachers will set work for pupils through the Evisense platform. I therefore urge you to complete and return the permission slip with your details as soon as possible. The academy’s email address can also be used to provide a statement of consent and email address.

You can also find useful resources on the following websites: – Weight and measure – Cause and effect games – Maths and literacy games

Whiteboard Room – Maths

Whiteboard Room – English – Reading

English: – The giant jam sandwich story – The giant jam sandwich book of activities – Phonics songs – Phonics songs – Phonics website for all ages


Maths: – Maths songs for children – Great for ideas sensory maths sessions


On YouTube you can search for maths songs and also ‘Barefoot Books’ for stories mainly accessed through YouTube.


Please keep in mind that we’re only sending out this information to help the academy community prepare. There are currently no plans to close.

If you are in any doubt, please contact:

  • The academy.
  • The Department for Education Coronavirus helpline on 0800 046 8687 or
  • NHS, if you want to know more about the symptoms of coronavirus. If you think you or your child may have the symptoms, use NHS 111 online if at all possible before calling 111.
  •  DGovernment’s travel advice, if you want to know whether any upcoming trip or holiday you’re taking abroad should go ahead.


We will keep you updated should the situation change.  It’s a tricky time and we know you’re worried about the impact this might have on our community. It’s important we keep each other safe and talk about these events to help with any anxiety.


If you or your child have any further concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact Catherine Lewis, Executive Head Teacher in the first instance, and then Kathryn Richardson, Deputy Head of Academy on 01606 853005.

Thank you for your continued support.


Yours sincerely,


Mrs C Lewis

Executive Head Teacher