Coronavirus Information


This letter is for parents of Year 3, 4, 5 & 6 pupils whose bubbles have NOT been closed on 13.10.20


This letter is for parents of Year 1 and 2 pupils who are affected by the bubble closure on 13.10.20

Windmill Primary School guidance notes for Parents and Pupils - September Return and staggered starts and departures

These are the guidance notes to familiarise yourselves with entry and exit to the school site at Windmill from September. Low Road will not be having staggered starts due to the site geography which makes it possible to have all pupils arriving at a similar time. Low Road parents should note that your morning arrival will be made through the vehicle gates which will be restricted for vehicle access from 8.10am. They will be reopened for vehicles from 8.40am. Departures will be through the pedestrian gate to maintain the integrity of the one-way system. We ask Y5 and 6 parents at Low Road to drop their children at the main gate in order to minimise footfall on site. Please can only one parent/ carer bring pupils to school, and all parents/ carers should maintain social distancing at all times and not congregate on playgrounds or any other area. Telephone appointments must be made if parents which to speak to staff. Thank you for your understanding.

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Polite notice:

When planning for the safe return of pupils, we observe the occupancy capacity of rooms, staff available at any given time and a constantly changing number of pupils. The strategic team redesign rotas and systems to reflect the daily situation as more or less parents express an interest to return or remove their pupils.

This also impacts upon the entry and exit practicalities of the individual school sites. I feel that it is important to share this information with you, as we know it to the best of our knowledge, as the final plan has not yet, and cannot yet be fully realised until Friday afternoon, when I sign off the risk assessments during my senior team health and safety evaluation. 

Rest assured that all staff will be fully briefed to guide parents to the correct location upon entry to site on Monday. At Low Road we are implementing a one way system around the site. Signage is currently being placed and route effectiveness is being evaluated. We have also redesigned the school office to take account of latest advice and CCTV will aid our office team in ensuring the site is adequately managed and monitored.

Windmill parents and children will enter through the pedestrian entrance mid-way along Windmill Road, and through the Nursery gate. The main entrance at Windmill will be closed to all pedestrian traffic so please do not try to enter via the usual route. Signage will be in place to assist you.

However unclear you feel this may be, as the week unfolds, the picture will become clearer for everyone.

I am incredibly proud of all the staff at Music Federation. We have worked tirelessly to ensure both schools will be ready for opening. I do not believe that we could be better prepared to continue to serve the communities of Hunslet and Belle Isle in our usual flagship manner.

I ask for your patience and understanding as we finalise plans. Please remember, these are not finished articles, but works in progress. I reiterate that I feel it is highly important to share what we know with you at every stage. We will listen to all opinions and try to refine our plans accordingly and respectfully.

Thanks to all who continue to be supportive and constructive in their comments and suggestions.

Andy Gamble
Executive Headteacher
Thursday 28th May
Letter to all parents from Mr Gamble, Executive Headteacher


Dear parent/ carer,


I previously stated that it was my intention to partially open Low Road and Windmill Primary Schools from 1st June subject to meeting all necessary elements as defined in the Local Authority risk assessment for re-opening schools.


We know how critical it is for your child to return to school as soon as possible, and we appreciate the difficulties and challenges that you will be experiencing during this unfortunate time.


Following weekly meetings, detailed reflection, discussion and feedback from all members of the federation community, the Governing Body have taken the decision to remain closed subject to all elements of the risk assessment being adequately met. Our renewed target date for phased reopening is 8th June.


Whilst this is inconvenient, I am confident that the majority of parents and carers will understand that we need to take all necessary measures to ensure that we are all as protected and safe as we can reasonably be during this critical phase of lockdown emergence.


Since the lockdown began, Low Road and Windmill Primary Schools have remained fully open for vulnerable children and key worker children. In anticipation of our wider phased reopening on June 8th, we will be implementing additional preventative measures to ensure all members of the school community are protected as our numbers increase. This means that we will be issuing guidance around arrival and departure of pupils and families. Once these plans have been fully realised, I will share them with you.


Our previous intention of offering morning or afternoon sessions has been revised in line with the most recent local authority risk assessment and guidance. Pupils in the returning year groups (EYFS, Y1 and Y6) will operate on a one week on, one week off basis. You will shortly be contacted by the school to let you know the timings for your child. By reopening in this manner, we can be sure to minimise the potential spread of Covid19 and it allows us greater scope to maintain the cleanliness of the sites between different contact groups of staff and children.


Finally, I would like to extend my sincerest thanks to you all. Your supportive and positive comments, questions and communications have all influenced our latest position and I hope that you feel that we are listening and acting upon your own wishes and concerns.


Yours sincerely


Andy Gamble

Executive Headteacher

Wednesday 20th May
Letter to all parents from Mr Gamble, Executive Headteacher

COVID 19 Statement – Low Road and Windmill Primary Schools

Dear parents/ carers

Firstly, I wish to thank all of you for your continued support during what has been an incredibly challenging period of time for our school communities.

We have endeavoured to support pupils and families to the best of our ability given some very uncertain parameters to work within. As you know we have remained open at both schools for the families of Key Workers and our vulnerable children. I wish to express my thanks to all who have allowed this to be possible, including parents and staff.

It now remains to make the best decision we can in light of the government and local authority advice with regards to opening our schools more fully on June 1st to pupils in EYFS, Year 1 and Year 6.

We are undertaking thorough risk assessments to ensure that our plans are underpinned by scientific advice and best practice. 

We know that not all parents will feel reassured that it is safe to allow their children to return to school and we fully understand and appreciate these sentiments and opinions.

We have also sent out a text to all parents of the stated year groups, asking them for their opinion on whether they would send their children back to school on June 1st. The outcome of this is that most of your feel it is too soon for your pupils to return. However, several parents do wish for their children to come to school.

At the outset of lockdown, we have had professional teams in schools undertaking deep cleaning and anti-virus misting. All rooms other than those used by the Key Worker children have remained closed for use, so we are confident that the school environments are as clean and prepared as they can be given the position we find ourselves in.

In addition, we are taking measures to further protect pupils and staff. Designated entry points and exit points, limited movement around school, regular surface cleansing, social distancing measures and PPE are all in place for a potential return on June 1st.

Despite the rigorous measures we have taken, and due to space constraints and staffing, we can only offer a daily morning or an afternoon session to children of these year groups. This is because we cannot effectively satisfy social distancing requirements with any more than 15 pupils. In reality, and gauging our actions from your responses, it is likely that we will not be close to 15 pupils per session, so we feel we could offer this limited provision safely.

As you may have heard or read in the media, Leeds are presently leaving it to schools to make the judgement of whether it is safe to reopen their schools.

Of course, the multitude of measures we are taking will not be enough to satisfy parents that school will be safe for their children to attend, and I appreciate there will be also logistic complications for parents, particularly of younger children, in getting the children to school for a morning or an afternoon session. Nor, should my letter to you be taken as certain reassurance that school is safe for your children. There are too many unknown factors and conflicting opinions nationally and locally to yet make a certain decision which is fully underpinned by medical evidence.

In summary, we are planning to reopen our schools to the children of EYFS, Y1 and Y6 for a morning or afternoon each day. We have taken all reasonable precautions and measures to make our schools as safe as they can be at this time. The advice from the government may change, and we will adjust our strategy accordingly.

If you are a parent or carer of a child in these year groups you will receive a phone call from the school office to discuss the details and any further comments or concerns you will no- doubt be having.

Yours sincerely

Andy Gamble
Executive Headteacher


1st April

Please note school will be closed on Friday 10th and Monday 13th April to staff and pupils.

We are currently updating our records of parent/ carer email addresses to ensure FSM pupils have access to the government voucher scheme as swifly and efficiently as possible. Please ensure that you contact Vanessa Lincoln at the Windmill site if you haven't already done so to let her know your current email address. I cannot stress how important this is. She can be contacted by the email: or between the her office hours of 7.30-9.30 am by telephone. (01132 712115)
This information applies equally to Low Road and Windmill Schools. Currently about 140 parents/ carers have contacted us to update their records, so please contact other parents where you can to let them know this information. If you email the address, please be sure to note your name, child's name, school and teacher.

Thank you for assisting us to provide the best possible service at this challenging time.


Finally a few tips to support you:

Tips for talking to younger children

We worked with educational psychologist Catrin Harley to put these tips together. 

1. Deal with the news head-on and talk about it openly and calmly, giving them the facts

  • Give them age-appropriate information – take a look at:
  • Educate them about reliable sources of information and how some stories on social media may be based on rumours or inaccurate information
  • Encourage them to take breaks from listening to or reading the news – overexposure isn't helpful

2. Encourage questions

  • This will give them the confidence to reach out and ask, if they have anything to ask
  • Use comforting tones and be honest when answering questions – it's ok if you don't have all the answers
  • Allow for repetition – children tend to repeat themselves when they're feeling uncertain or worried, so you might have to answer the same questions more than once as they seek extra reassurance

3. Be a role model

  • Recognise and manage your own worries first
  • Be open about sharing this with pupils – e.g. I'm also finding the news a bit worrying, so I'm doing X which makes me feel calm

4. Let them know it's normal to be concerned

  • If needed, reassure them that the effects of this virus on healthy young people are very mild

5. Promote awareness of our body's immune system

  • It's constantly working against germs without us knowing. We can't and don't need to control this process
  • Explain that we're taking precautions against this particular germ because it's a new one which our bodies haven't come across before
  • Remind them of the benefits of healthy eating, sleep and exercise – which help to fight germs

6. Be aware of children with higher levels of anxiety (e.g. those with existing phobias or obsessive-compulsive disorders)

  • Get them to do activities such as counting, ordering and sorting tasks which can help with heightened levels of anxiety
  • Encourage them to use relaxation techniques such as controlled breathing
  • Detect any obsessive or compulsive behaviours early and intervene before they become entrenched patterns of thinking. Do this by challenging unhelpful thoughts and assumptions. Frame worries as situation-specific by relating them to the current situation, which is temporary and unusual

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31st March
We hope that all our parents, carers and children are staying well at this difficult time. A huge thanks to my incredible Music Federation team who have gone the extra mile to ensure that all our key worker families and vulnerable children families can still attend school despite the unprecedented events happening around us. The strategic team have worked relentlessly to ensure the best provision is place and that the children are receiving the best education that we can in light of things. We, of course, have had our fair share of illness to manage caused by Covid19, but have implemented a rota system in staffing which allows everyone to play their part and feel proud of their contributions to keeping school operational. Music Federation took the step before [before national advice was given] to protect staff who were in high risk categories, but despite them working from home, I know through their messages and correspondance that if they could be here to support, they would be. Many team members have stepped in at short notice to cover illness for their timetabled colleagues. Running a school under such circumstances provides a different set of challenges, and it is testiment to the size of Music Federation, that we are operating as efficiently as we are. Whilst not yet ideal, and not without its teething problems, I am pleased with the implementation of Google Classrooms. To have got that system up and running with all staff and the majority of pupils has taken huge amounts of technical support and patience. I have lost count of the amount of phones calls, email responses and tutorials myself and the senior team have offered, including providing hardware for families who don't necessarily have the infrastructure to access online learning. And regardless of Covid19, we now have a fantastic system in place to provide future homework and project work. I am confident that this system will evolve beyond it's current Music Federation remit.

Music Federation continues to be the hub providing Free School Meals for St Joseph's and Hunslet Carr schools and we are working closely with Leeds catering teams to ensure all pupils who need to be fed, have access to meals consistently and reliably. In many cases, my staff and I hand deliver these lunches to families in isolation or who cannot make the journey to school.

Many parents/ carers will be worried about SAT results and what will happen with exams. My best estimation is that our staff will provide well informed teacher assessments in place of the tests. Many people will know that we do this as a matter of course to support exam results. In many regards, the teacher assessments at primary school level are a truer reflection of a child's ability, so rest assurred we are considering this carefully.

I also want to give a huge thanks to everyone who is still working to ensure an element of normality remains. From a school context this includes drivers, teachers, caretakers, support staff, catering staff and many more. 

Schools are empty places without children. The sooner this virus passes for everyone...

Stay safe,


20th March

09.55 - Music Federation schools will remain open to children of identified Key Workers over the Easter Holidays. 

20th March
08.16 - Breakfast Club and After School Club:
Both Low Road and Windmill will be operating a limited capacity breakfast club for children of key workers who will be attending school from Monday. This will be a 7.45 start as normal. Breakfast club staff where fit and able will be expected to attend school as normal to make usual preparations. Obviously there may be supply issues with food longer term, but I am confident we can continue this provision in the short term.

After school club will continue for key worker pupils as long as staff are well enough to provide this service. Usual hours will apply.

20th March
07.44 - Parents of children who take up the Free School Meals offer:

Windmill - A physically well representative of the family should ensure they are at Windmill to collect their FSM at 12.15 from Monday. If your child is attending school they will be given their meal from site. Windmill does not have the capacity to deliver FSM to individual homes. Windmill volunteered to be a hub school for FSM to support other local schools including Hunslett Carr School and Broomfield. Please collect your meal from the main school office.

Low Road - A physically well representative of the family should ensure they are at Low Road to collect their FSM at 12.30 from Monday. If your child is attending school they will be given their meal from site. Low Road does not have the capacity to deliver FSM to individual homes. Please collect your meal  from the main school office. The slightly later time at Low Road is due to our staff collecting the meals from Hunslet St. Josephs. Thank you for your understanding.

20th March


It is the responsibility of MusicFederation parents to let us know whether they fall into the key categories as highlighted below. We urge parents to contact as soon as possible to highlight this to be the case in order that we can prepare to cater to effectively look after your child or children. Of course, it is important to recognise the bold passages as we still encourage parents where possible to keep their children at home, as we are working with significantly reduced capacity in staffing. In addition, our provision for Google Classroom ensures a far better and more specific education as it is prepared by your child's teacher and targeted at the correct level. The Federation cannot guarantee our usual standard or consistency of the education provided to children on site, as a direct result of the changing situation for our own personnel. It is our aim that by the end of the day today we will have set up a staffing rota based upon what we know about key worker children, but bearing in mind this has only just been clarified, we are doing all we can to ensure our staffing proposals are robust and sustainable. We aim to ensure a spread of curriculum activity including the continued use of our specialist PE coach. I will update staff and families as soon as I know more. Thanks for your continued support and understanding. Wishing you all the best of health. Stay safe.

Andy Gamble
Executive Headteacher

Parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined below. Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. And every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.

Please, therefore, follow these key principles:

  1. If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
  2. If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them. These children have already been identified by the federation and parents informed.
  3. Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
  4. Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.
  5. Residential special schools, boarding schools and special settings continue to care for children wherever possible.

If your work is critical to the COVID-19 response, or you work in one of the critical sectors listed below, and you cannot keep your child safe at home then your children will be prioritised for education provision:

Health and social care

This includes but is not limited to doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, and other frontline health and social care staff including volunteers; the support and specialist staff required to maintain the UK’s health and social care sector; those working as part of the health and social care supply chain, including producers and distributers of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment.

Education and childcare

This includes nursery and teaching staff, social workers and those specialist education professionals who must remain active during the COVID-19 response to deliver this approach.

Key public services

This includes those essential to the running of the justice system, religious staff, charities and workers delivering key frontline services, those responsible for the management of the deceased, and journalists and broadcasters who are providing public service broadcasting.

Local and national government

This only includes those administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the COVID-19 response or delivering essential public services such as the payment of benefits, including in government agencies and arms length bodies.

Food and other necessary goods

This includes those involved in food production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines).

Public safety and national security

This includes police and support staff, Ministry of Defence civilians, contractor and armed forces personnel (those critical to the delivery of key defence and national security outputs and essential to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic), fire and rescue service employees (including support staff), National Crime Agency staff, those maintaining border security, prison and probation staff and other national security roles, including those overseas.


This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the COVID-19 response, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass.

Utilities, communication and financial services

This includes staff needed for essential financial services provision (including but not limited to workers in banks, building societies and financial market infrastructure), the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors (including sewerage), information technology and data infrastructure sector and primary industry supplies to continue during the COVID-19 response, as well as key staff working in the civil nuclear, chemicals, telecommunications (including but not limited to network operations, field engineering, call centre staff, IT and data infrastructure, 999 and 111 critical services), postal services and delivery, payments providers and waste disposal sectors.

If workers think they fall within the critical categories above they should confirm with their employer that, based on their business continuity arrangements, their specific role is necessary for the continuation of this essential public service.

If your school is closed then please contact your local authority, who will seek to redirect you to a local school in your area that your child, or children, can attend.

We are grateful for the work of teachers and workers in educational settings for continuing to provide for the children of the other critical workers of our country. It is an essential part of our national effort to combat this disease.

The Secretary of State for Education announced yesterday, Wednesday 18 March, that the 2019/20 national curriculum assessments will not take place due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
This means the following assessments planned between April and July 2020 are cancelled:

  • end of key stage 1 and key stage 2 assessments (including tests and teacher assessment)
  • phonics screening check
  • multiplication tables check
  • science sampling tests
  • all statutory trialling 

Primary school performance measures will not be published for the 2019/20 academic year.

19.03.20 UPDATE

Dear parents/carers,


Re: Coronavirus update – school closure to most pupils


Following on from my last update, I’m now writing to let you know that we have now been instructed to close the school to almost all children after this Friday until further notice.

As advised by the government, we will do all we can to stay open for the children of key workers (e.g. NHS staff, police, others in frontline services) and children with certain needs.

We are waiting for the government to publish more information on what this means, but it would help us in the meantime if you could let us know if you think your child may fall into one of these categories. We’ll be in touch again as soon as we are sure who this does apply to.

All other children will need to stay at home, so we ask that you do not send your child into school from Monday onwards.

Please note that this is a national closure – as you may have heard in the news – so while it is a challenging situation, we are not alone. We’ll re-open fully as soon as we can and will let you know when this is by text message, website and Twitter (@federationhead).


What we’ll continue doing while your child is at home

Your child’s learning is of course important to us, so we’ll continue to help your child to learn.

As you know we have set up Google Classroom to ensure stability of provision in terms of tasks and activities. Children are being provided with a book and resource pack to record their activities and work. As you can imagine, implementing this on such a large scale and to so many families could be problematic, but let us know if you need support accessing resources and we will do our best to support you. Families without internet access will be provided with paper resources. If you haven’t received them by the end of the day, let us know so we can post them out to you.

If your child usually receives free school meals we will also be in touch with more information about how we will continue to provide this, with support from a scheme that the government has just announced. Windmill will be a hub for providing meals to Broomfield and Hunslet Carr pupils. Low Road will be provided from Hunslet St. Josephs.

What we won’t be able to go ahead with

School trips


Internal exams or tests

This is as much as we know right now and we appreciate your continued patience with as we deal with this ever-changing situation. We understand that this latest news will have an impact on you and your family and it’s far from ideal, but we’ll continue to keep in touch with any updates as the situation develops.


And remember: if you or your child feels ill and you want to know what to do next, please use NHS 111 online.

Thank you again for your continued support, and we will be in touch with more information when we can.


Yours sincerely

Andy Gamble

Executive Headteacher

Dear Parent/Carer,


Low Road and Windmill Music Federation Schools continue to monitor Government information regarding the latest advice and we are implementing any recommended actions accordingly.

In the event of a school closure, information will be posted on the school website instructing parents/ carers of next steps. A dedicated e-mail service has been set up to address any concerns you may have in the event of such a closure. This e-mail will be monitored by senior, pastoral and administration staff:

Under such circumstances school will continue to provide work and assignments to pupils through Google Classroom. Our staff are currently preparing for this eventuality. KS2 children have a specific child's password which will be sent out today alongside an exercise book to record writing. The password will be on the book cover next to the child’s name.

EYFS children will access Tapestry as normal and teachers will be uploading links and suggested activities. KS1 children will also access Google Classroom and will have a generic password which will be sent to you by text.

Google Classroom is designed to upload resources, create deadlines, mark work and start discussions with their classes online. This way teachers can make sure your children are learning and not falling behind whilst not in school.

At this stage it will not be possible for school to mark and assess pupils to the same depth as we would should they be attending school under normal circumstances, so we ask for parental support to ensure discussions around assignments and work take place and a timetable should be enforced where possible to ensure your children maintain their studies. It is imperative that children retain structure and rigour to their day, so we urge parents to ensure that where possible pre planned breaks and exercise be built into the day. Our plans assume that as far as possible pupils will complete work between the hours of 9am and 3pm.

Should parents wish to communicate directly with a member of staff regarding work or progress in the event of a closure, this will happen through the Google Classroom.

We appreciate that not all pupils will have access to a computer, tablet or mobile phone to access Google Classroom. If this is the case please inform the school.

Google classroom will signpost some links with Twinkle (an online resource and planning tool for teachers.)

Twinkle have kindly allowed free access for parents over the next month. Setting this up is really easy to do - go to and enter the code UKTwinklhelps

There are a number of really helpful guides, designed for parents, for different areas of the curriculum. The dedicated Parents’ Hub contains hundreds of educational activities designed for use at home. You will also find Home learning packs for all year groups.

For parents with children in EYFS, take a look through the EYFS for Parents area to find some really useful guides and activities to share.

For primary-aged children, take a look at the 5-11 area. Again, this was created with parents in mind so it’s filled with guides and information about what children should be learning in each year group, for each curriculum area.

Instructions to access Google classroom

Desktop and laptop computers:

Go to

Log in with user name and password. This is with the password supplied for your child.

iPad or iPhone:

Go to the app store and search for Google classroom

Log in with user name and password. This is with the password supplied for your child.


Go to the playstore and search for Google classroom

Log in with user name and password. This is with the password supplied for your child.


Remember this will only be applied should the school announce a formal closure. In the meantime, we hope you stay safe and accept our kind thoughts and best wishes.


Yours Sincerely

Andy Gamble

Executive Headteacher


17.03.20 Update

Low Road and Windmill Music Federation Schools continue to monitor Government information regarding the latest advice and we are implementing any recommended actions accordingly.

In the event of a school closure, information will be posted on the school website instructing parents/ carers of next steps. A dedicated e-mail service has been set up to address any concerns you may have in the event of such a closure. This e-mail will be monitored by senior, pastoral and administration staff:

Under such circumstances school will continue to provide work and assignments to pupils through Google Classroom. Our staff are currently preparing for this eventuality. A separate letter will go to parents today which will have your child's password attached which will enable them to have access to their virtual classroom. Instructions to access the virtual classroom will be included. At this stage it will not be possible for school to mark and assess pupils to the same depth as we would should they be attending school under normal circumstances, so we ask for parental support to ensure discussions around assignments and work take place and a loose timetable is enforced where possible to ensure your children maintain their studies. Should parents wish to communicate directly with a member of staff regarding work or progress in the event of a closure, this will happen through the Google Classroom.

I appreciate that not all pupils will have access to a computer, tablet or mobile phone to access Google Classroom. If this is the case please inform the school. 

As I’m sure you will appreciate, we are currently dealing with a complex and rapidly changing situation. My first priority will always be the health and safety of the pupils and staff in our school. Now more than ever, this remains our primary focus.

Thank you 
Andy Gamble

Government announces move from Contain to Delay phase

Yesterday, the Government announced that we are moving from the Contain phase of the coronavirus action plan and into the Delay phase, in response to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Full details of each stage in the government action plan can be found here:

To support the delay of the spread of the virus, the Department for Health and Social Care has asked anyone who shows certain symptoms to stay at home for 7 days, regardless of whether they have travelled to affected areas. This means people should stay at home and avoid all but essential contact with others for 7 days from the point of displaying mild symptoms, to slow the spread of infection.

The symptoms are:

  • A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)
  • A new, continuous cough

You do not need to call NHS 111 to stay at home. If your symptoms worsen during your stay at home period or are no better after 7 days contact NHS 111 online at If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.

Current advice remains in place: no education or children’s social care setting should close in response to a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England.

The Chief Medical Officer has advised that the impact of closing schools on both children’s education and on the workforce will be substantial, but the benefit to public health may not be. Decisions on future advice to schools will be taken based on the latest and best scientific evidence, which at this stage suggests children are a lower risk group.

Wellbeing Parents Resources


Government response and action plan


What's the risk of coronavirus in the UK?


The UK Chief Medical Officers have raised the risk to the public from low to moderate.

Health professionals are working to contact anyone who has been in close contact with people who have coronavirus.

What's the risk of coronavirus for travellers?


There are some countries and areas where there's a higher chance of coming into contact with someone with coronavirus.

See our coronavirus advice for travellers.

Symptoms of coronavirus

The symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a cough
  • a high temperature
  • shortness of breath

But these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness.

The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu.

How coronavirus is spread

Because it's a new illness, we do not know exactly how coronavirus spreads from person to person.

Similar viruses are spread in cough droplets.

It's very unlikely it can be spread through things like packages or food.

How to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus


  • 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 straight away and wash your hands afterwards

  • try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell


  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

What to do if you think you might have coronavirus

If you think you might have coronavirus or you've been in close contact with someone who has it:

  • stay at home and avoid close contact with other people
  • do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital
  • use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do next

The 111 coronavirus service will tell you if you need to continue to stay at home (self-isolate) or if you need medical help.

Use the 111 coronavirus service

House Party App

The house party is taking social media by storm. It’s from the same company that created Fortnite. Over the last 48 hours there has been lots of misinformation over social media about it.  As with all live-streaming platforms, screenshots, unsolicited messages and self-generated sexualised imagery can put young people at risk.


Links to ‘rooms’ can also be shared publicly – to other platforms which could see uninvited users joining.


‘Rooms’ should be locked to prevent uninvited guests from joining – remember all rooms will lock by default if a user enables ‘private mode’.


If an uninvited guest joins a room they can easily ‘friend’ others taking part in the live stream.


It appears that when a friend is invited, their friends can also join a ‘room’ without the invitation. Therefore potentially increase the opportunity to cyber-bully and troll others.




Safer schools have also just tweeted the link and a short animation as well.


Here is a web link to the blog.