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Letter sent home 16th March

17th March 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

I write to give you an update on SUA and the Covid-19 virus. The situation relating to the virus remains fluid, however the academy continue to follow the guidance of the Staffordshire University Academies Trust and the Department for Education (DfE) relating to educational settings. As it stands today, we remain open and we are able to continue with events and visits as normal, however, I must stress this could change at very short notice.

This information should answer any questions that you might have in relation to what you should do if you or your child(ren) might have come into contact with the coronavirus.

We would ask everyone to follow the government’s advice:

Stay at home for 7 days if you have either:

- a high temperature (37.8 degrees  or above) – you feel hot to touch on your

  chest or back.

- a new, continuous cough – this means you've started coughing repeatedly.

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. 

You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home. 

Urgent advice: use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:

  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • your condition gets worse
  • your symptoms do not get better after 7 days 

    Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.                      

    Source: nhs.uk  

We still encourage excellent attendance unless students have any of the symptoms outlined above or meet any of the other criteria for self-isolating set out by the government. This is a crucial time in the lead up to the examination season for many students and it is imperative that lesson time is not lost whilst also safeguarding against further spread of the infection.

SUA will continue to update parents, students, staff and carers should the advice from the government change. In the meantime, the government have set up a helpline to answer questions about Covid-19 for parents, carers, staff and young people. The contact details are on the image overleaf. We continue to maintain a strong focus on handwashing with all students and staff and we promote the ‘Catch it, Bin it, Kill it’ motto for coughs and sneezes.

On occasion, rumours can spread wildly around a community. We will update you directly and reliably should the situation change. If your mobile phone number has changed recently, please advise us of this change.

As an academy, we are trying to take informed actions so that we can continue to serve our young people and their families in this unprecedented time. Thank you in advance for all of your support, it is very much appreciated.

Yours sincerely

Mrs R Hillier

Advice and Guidance


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