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16th March 2020

Coronavirus Information.

BIGS

Dear Parents and Carers,

Assalamalaikum Wa Rahmathullahi Wa Barakathuhu

As you are probably aware, the government's guidance on the coronavirus has changed. We are working hard to ensure we are carefully following the evolving government advice.


The current situation?

- The school remains open - this is the current official guidance we've been given
- Those with symptoms that could indicate coronavirus should now self-isolate for 14 days. These symptoms continue to be a high temperature and/or a new persistent cough. This self-isolation also now applies to those living in a household with someone with these symptoms
- Please let us know if your child will not be attending school


Students with underlying health conditions

There is more stringent guidance being put together for those students who have underlying health conditions. I would ask all parents to check the guidelines on this and follow recommendations. If in any doubt please seek guidance from your child's GP or call 111.


Students taken ill during the school day

Please be aware that government guidance states that if any student becomes unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature whilst in school they must go home. We will contact you and ask you to collect them immediately. A student exhibiting these symptoms will then be told to self-isolate for 14 days alongside those who live in the same household.


Cleaning the school

We are continuing to clean the school carefully, in line with guidance from Public Health England.


Upcoming Events

Regretfully I have taken the decision to postpone all upcoming trips, visits and sports fixtures up until the Easter break in the first instance. The upcoming parent's review day scheduled for March 26th is cancelled, however reports will still be sent home and any concerned parents can telephone for an appointed time for a consultation with teachers.


Work for well students self-isolating

Teachers will email work to students using the School Outlook. If there is a problem with a student's access to the school email address, parents can contact our IT company via email servicedesk@techienology.com. Alternatively teachers can be emailed using the format firstname.surname@boltonislamicgirlsschool.org.uk. Any other issues can be addressed to info@boltonislamicgirlsschool.org.uk. Students can also get on with available work on our online platforms e.g. hegarty maths and kerboodle and other school promoted websites e.g. Maths Watch. Y11 and Y10 should be revising. It is also worth remembering that reading a novel or high quality, non-fiction book is one of the most impactful learning activities a student can do.


Will school close in the future?

We will continue to monitor the viability of remaining open by reviewing the numbers of staff who are fit to report to work each day. If the school has to close or make changes to the school's operation over coming days/weeks, we will endeavour to communicate this to parents BY TEXT or EMAIL before 7.30 am. Please make sure the school office has your up to date contact details.

I appreciate that this is a difficult time and we are all worried about the impact this might have on our community. It is important that we remember our basic Islamic values and keep each other safe and talk about these events to help with any anxiety. We are working in extraordinary times and it is important that we all work together and follow the Government's guidance.

Any disease like this is a mercy and blessing for believers and we should remember to use good community spirit during this time and support each other.

The prophet peace be upon them said to the nearest meaning that whoever hoards food (and keeps it from) others will be afflicted with hardship. The Prophet peace be upon them never disliked anything unless it was harmful for us.

Thank you for your continued support.

Dr Zakia Maqbool
Headteacher


Latest Information and Guidance

As a school we are following all the Government and NHS/Public Health advice in relation to COVID-19 for educational establishments.

Information is updated regularly and if there is anything additional that parents/carers need to know then we will communicate this as soon as possible.

Please follow the links below for the latest advice:

Latest Department for Education Advice
Public Health - Advice on how you can help - Personal Hygiene
Stay at Home Guidance
Latest Government Travel Guidance
Latest Government Information regarding the Summer Examinations

You can also keep up-to-date by following the Department for Education and NHS social media pages
Twitter - Department for Education
Twitter - NHS
Facebook - Department for Education


Department for Education Coronavirus Helpline

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is now 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
Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)