Our Lady of Compassion Catholic Primary School

To live as Jesus taught us

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Dear Parents/Carer, 


We have now received the government guidelines regarding the list of key workers:


In order for us to provide this service we must emphasise the following government guidance:

·         schools are closed

·         this provision must be for a minimum amount of children only

·         this is to limit the spread of the Coronavirus


The government has therefore asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.


As you can appreciate, we will only be able to accommodate a small number of children; therefore we ask that you consider the following:


·         Can you make alternative arrangements? 

·         Can you work flexibly and make arrangements so that one person can remain at home whilst the other person is at work?

·         Are you able to work from home?


For parents who are unable to make alternative arrangements, we will offer the following: 

·         childcare provision (not educational provision) for a minimum amount of children

·         provision offered over the school day only: 8.50am to 3.20am (child to be provided with a packed lunch from home)


In order for us to run this provision there will also be several factors which will be reviewed each week:

·         staffing - we currently have a number of staff who are currently in self-isolation or are on the vulnerable list and therefore social distancing; others may have to self-isolate in the coming weeks,

·         staff with child/ren - although these staff members fall under the key worker list, they will need to ensure they have childcare in place,

·         property maintenance - we will require the site to be cleaned and maintained,

·         first aiders – we will need to ensure that a first aider is always present,

·         cover - if a staff member or staff member’s family becomes ill, we will need to ensure that the necessary cover is available.


The deadline for returning this information was 2pm on Friday however we did extend this to 5pm.  Once we have received these requests, we will aim to inform you of our decision.


We appreciate that as a country, we are going through a very difficult time. However, we may not be able to offer a place for your child and you may have to seek alternative provision. We acknowledge that this is a very tight timeframe; however, we are doing our best to provide this provision from Monday. Please note however, we may have to start this exceptional provision on Tuesday. 


Kind regards,


Mr N Emery


Coronavirus COVID 19 Update 


Updated Medical Advice

Stay at home if you have either:

  • a high temperature – 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.

Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you're staying at home.


How long to stay at home

If you have symptoms, stay at home for 7 days

If you live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms.

If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days.

If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.


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


111 online help:

Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.


  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • always wash your hands when you get home or into work
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
  • avoid close contact with people who have symptoms of coronavirus
  • only travel on public transport if you need to
  • work from home, if you can
  • avoid social activities, such as going to pubs, restaurants, theatres and cinemas
  • avoid events with large groups of people
  • use phone, online services, or apps to contact your GP surgery or other NHS services


The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is also 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. 0800 046 8687   Opening hours: 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday.

NHS advice on Coronavirus

Wash your hands more often for 20 seconds with soap and water. Or use hand sanitiser. Protect yourself and others. For more advice visit: