Abbey Gates
Primary School


Posted on 16th March 2020

Schools receive regular updates on COVID-19 from the DfE and we ensure that we follow the updated guidance.

For your information the most recent guidance states:

  • staff, young people and children should stay at home if they are unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature to avoid spreading infection to others. Otherwise they should attend education or work as normal
  • if staff, young people or children become unwell on site with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature they should be sent home
  • clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces more often than usual using your standard cleaning products
  • supervise young children to ensure they wash their hands for 20 seconds more often than usual with soap and water or hand sanitiser and catch coughs and sneezes in tissues

If your child is unwell as above or with other symptoms they should not be in school, otherwise they should attend. If your child is self-isolating and well enough they can work on their reading and x tables skills. At this time, we are not providing specific work to be completed.

We are acting responsibly and on advice are cancelling/postponing extra- curricular activities. This includes the planned PTA Mother’s Day and disco event.

 Before and after school clubs will not run with effect from week beg. 23 March. This means that there will be NO:

  • Judo
  • Orchestra
  • Gymnastics
  • Rattle and Roll Dance
  • Badminton

The Y6 children will not be attending JWS on Wednesday afternoons until further notice. Longdale Nursery and ROOS will be open as usual to provide child-care.


The most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves is to wash their hands more often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water. Public Health England recommends that in addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.

If you need further information about school provision please see below:

Department for Education coronavirus helpline

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday), 10am to 4pm (Saturday to Sunday)

Please note, we are currently experiencing high volumes of calls. We appreciate your patience at this time and apologise for any wait that you may experience. To ensure that we answer your calls as quickly as possible we have now extended our opening hours to cover weekends.

Of course, we are maintaining our positive and caring outlook here at Abbey Gates and I’m proud to let you know that the children have helped me to put together “Kindness Bingo”. Your child will have a “bingo” card to complete through actions which are kind to themselves and others. We need to take care of ourselves and each other at this time and all of the time.

Yours Sincerely


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