Coronavirus – COVID-19 Update 18.03.2020
We have all been following the coronavirus situation closely. Today, the Government has announced that in addition to the current ‘social distancing’ strategies in place, it is now time to include the closure of schools and childcare providers.
We are therefore following advice and closing Banstead Prep School, effective from Friday 20 March at 4.00pm, until further notice.
The Prime Minister also announced that in order to ensure that key workers such as NHS staff can remain at work, and to safeguard vulnerable children including those with Educational Health Care Plans (EHCP), schools should make provision for those children to remain in school. We will contact those parents to whom this applies with more information as soon as we can. If you work in an essential role and you have not already let us know, please contact the school office with details.
It is important that everyone continues to follow the advice already in place. Everyone should avoid unnecessary social contact and self-isolate at home for 14 days if anyone in your family has symptoms. Additionally, people over 70, with underlying health conditions or pregnant women, should stay at home for 12 weeks.
Our priority is to ensure that the children’s learning is disrupted as little as possible. As previously communicated, we have therefore planned for the children to receive work to do at home and have support available to enable them to continue their education while school is closed.