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Coronavirus Information

Dear Parents and Carers,

We are receiving regular advice and updates as a school regarding Coronavirus.

Here is a really useful poster/guide which we have received.

We are sharing it with you to raise awareness of steps being taken in school but also steps you can take at home to help keep germs at bay. The department for Education have launched 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 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The helpline is open from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday. Please also remember that if you have recently visited any other countries outside of the UK, to check online for any relevant steps or precautions you may need to take.

You can find the latest information on COVID-19 by visiting https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus.

Thank you in advance for your support with this.
Head of School.

Important Message From Birchfield School - Following Advice From The Government on Coronavirus

Dear parents,

I am sure that you are all well aware of the news coverage regarding the Coronavirus. We have attached some official guidance that may be of use to you. As you will see from the information attached, we need to be vigilant whilst remaining calm - as stated; the risk to individuals in the UK at present is low. 

If you have concerns or questions please come and see me or a member of SLT.

Following advice from the Government, please note the following;

  1. If you have travelled from:
  • Iran
  • Specific lockdown areas in Northern Italy as designated by the Government of Italy (believed to include the municipalities of Casalpusterlengo, Codogno, Castiglione d’Adda, Fombio, Maleo, Somaglia, Bertonico, Terranova dei Passerini, Castelgerundo and San Fiorano)
  • Special care zones in South Korea as designated by the Government of the Republic of South Korea
  • Hubei province (returned in the past 14 days)

You should immediately:

  • Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu
  • Call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the area

Do not come into the school and contact Mrs Ahmed at School on 0121 464 5661 

Please follow this advice even if you do not have symptoms of the virus.

  1. If you have returned to the UK from the following areas in the last 14 days, please advise Mrs Ahmed at School and do not come into school until she has authorised you to do so:
  • China
  • Thailand
  • Japan
  • Republic of Korea
  • Hong Kong
  • Taiwan
  • Singapore
  • Malaysia
  • Macau
  • Northern Italy (defined by a line above, and not including, Pisa, Florence and Rimini) (if one of the areas designated by the Italian government for specific lockdown, follow the advice above)
  • Vietnam
  • Cambodia
  • Laos
  • Myanmar

If you have returned to the UK from any of these areas in the last 14 days and develop symptoms of cough or fever or shortness of breath, you should immediately:

  • Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu
  • Call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the country
  • Contact Mrs Ahmed at the School on 0121 464 5661 

Please follow this advice even if your symptoms are minor.

Mrs. Z Thewlis

Head of School 

Online Safety Update: Issue 29

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Our latest Prince Albert Community Trust Online Safety Update newsletter is out now!

Produced on a half termly basis to keep you up-to-date with Online Safety news, new ICT initiatives and ways in which you can help to keep your family safe both online and when using emerging technology.

We hope you enjoy reading 'Issue 29: February 2020' online now.

In this issue we look at Safer Internet Day 2020 and how you can get involved with the globally celebrated day this year.  Also in this issue, find out how you can access our FREE parent/carer resources and courses (via National Online Safety).

If you have a concern regarding your child's use of the internet at home or in school, you can speak to one of our Online Safety Leads for support and advice.

Online Safety and Awareness

Dear Parents

Birchfield parents can now access National Online Safety resources and courses which will support you in learning how to keep your children safe online. 

All you need to do is use the following website address and register your National Online Safety account. You will need to complete your details and select “I am a: Parent/Carer” from the dropdown:

- Birchfield Primary School: https://lms.nationalonlinesafety.com/school/birchfld

Once you have registered, you will be able to access the ‘Online Safety for Parents and Carers’ course and NOS Resources (which includes 50+ guides). These resources aim to help empower parents with the knowledge to protect their children from the dangers of the internet and to provide useful information and guidance. 

We hope that you will find this resource useful as we all work together to keeping children safe online. 

Kind regards

Mrs Z Thewlis

Head of School 

Dates for your Diary 2020

Dear parents,

Please be advised of the following dates for your diary for the remainder of this academic year:

20.04.20 Teacher Training

07.05.20 Elections

08.05.20 Bank Holiday

01.06.20 Teacher Training

The school will be closed to pupils on these days.

Kind Regards

Mrs Z Thewlis

Head of School