On 16th March 2020 the Government introduced new guidance on whole household isolation in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak:
The symptoms are:
The full stay at home guidance for households with these symptoms can be found here:
The Prime Minister’s statement from Monday 16 March can be found here:
The Department for Education has opened a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
· No school should close in response to a suspected (or confirmed) COVID-19 case unless directed to do so by Public Health England.
Leave of absence/holidays
Please note that there is no entitlement for a parent to take a child out of school for a holiday during term time. If you believe there are exceptional circumstances you may apply in writing to the Headteacher, outlining the exceptional circumstance. Please see the link below.
If the leave of absence is taken and there are no authorised exceptional circumstances the school will notify the local authority who may issue a penalty notice of £60 to each parent for each child to be paid within 21 days; rising to £120 if not paid within the required timescale.
As the start of a new school year is such an important time please note that under Essex County Council guidelines a penalty notice may be issued if there are 6 or more sessions (3 days) un-authorised absence due to a holiday during the first 2 weeks of September.