Corona Virus Update – 17.3.20

New guidance for households with symptoms

Yesterday, the Government introduced new guidance on whole household isolation in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak:

·         if you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started

·         if you live with others and you or another member of the household have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill. It is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community

·         for anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14-day isolation period.

The symptoms are:

·         A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)

·         A new, continuous cough

The full stay at home guidance for households with these symptoms can be found here:



Corona Virus Update – 13.3.20

As you will all be aware the government is issuing lots of useful advice about Corona Virus.

All schools in Penk Valley Academy Trust are keeping up-to-date and following all of the latest government guidelines

As of yesterday, the government announced that anyone with a new continuous cough or a high temperature must stay at home for 7 days and not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. You do not need to contact NHS 111 to tell them you’re staying at home, but you do need to inform us if your child will not be attending school.

Travel overseas

One other thing we ask from you is that if you are planning or returning from a holiday or a weekend break from overseas, please get in touch with the school. We will consider each situation on a case-by-case basis adhering to the latest government guidelines. We thank you for your patience.


We are also taking several steps to ensure that we are well prepared if the situation develops.

Some of the things we are doing include:

  • Focussing the cleaning of our schools to keep them as healthy as possible
  • Making sure we have sufficient stock of hygiene and sanitation products
  • Giving the children updates about hand washing and personal hygiene
  • Ensuring we have plans in place to help ensure services like transport, catering and cleaning can continue as normal
  • Evaluating and risk-assessing any educational visits that we have planned
  • Ensuring the health and wellbeing of all of our employees


Reading with your children

(updated 30th Jan 2020)

At Princefield, we ask the children to read at least 3 times per week at home, alongside reading in the classroom. We aim to read for 20 minutes a day! Reading increases knowledge, vocabulary and a love of learning!


School Day

(updated 27th Jan 2020)

We wanted to say ‘Thank you’ to all parents who arrive on time in the mornings, we understand that there may be mornings that cause children to arrive late due to unforseen circumastances, but can we politely remind you that children must be in school for 8.55am when registration is taken.

8.45 – Doors open
8.55 – Registration
9.00 – Lesson Starts

Unfortunately a late mark will be recorded if children arrive after this time.

If you have a medical appointment please give details to office so it can be recorded as authorised, (if no evidence is provided your childs mark will be recorded as unauthorised).



Water Bottles 

(updated 24th Jan 2020)

We have had a few incidents where parents are sending children to school with squash and other sugary drinks, we politely remind you that as a school we actively encourage our children to drink a range of healthy drinks e.g. water, milk, unless it is a medical reason or you have agreed it with the headteacher, we ask parents to remain fair to other parents and children.

Drinking water is accessable to all children at Princefield during the day, and children can also bring into school their own water bottle to drink from if they prefer. Please make sure the bottle is named and contains water only.

We also have a school milk scheme, free to under 5s or children entitled to Free School Meals, and at a small cost to other children. Children having milk can drink it at playtime or at lunchtime, if they are having a packed lunch.

At lunchtimes, parents can choose a hot school meal, or to send their child to school with a packed lunch.

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Hot School Meals

Where a parent chooses a hot school meal for their child, this includes a drink of water or milk as part of that provision and service. No other drinks or food substitutes are permitted.

Packed Lunch

Parents do not need to provide their child with a drink as water is also freely available to children having a packed lunch. Alternatively, parents can send a drink as part of their child’s packed lunch. We would encourage these drinks to conform to the school’s Food In School Policy and the National School Food Standards(details for poster above and more information can be found here too).



Head Lice                                                                                                                                                     

(updated 24th Jan 2020)

Dear Parent/Carer

We have recently been notified of a case of head lice in school. While lice are nothing more than a nuisance, it is important that children are checkedon a weekly basis so that any head lice can be dealt with quickly and before they can be allowed to spread. We kindly ask you to check your child’s head as soon as possible.

We ask all parents/carers with children who have long hair to have it tied up please whilst they are in school.

Please follow the simple routine below to ensure that you are doing all you can to keep head lice outbreaks to a minimum.

Check your child’s hair once a week

Use a proper detection comb to trap head lice.

If you find live lice, consult a pharmacist for treatment adviceimmediately.

If head lice are spotted, take a close look at the hair of all the family.

Please treat your child with a clinically proven treatment.

Leave the treatment on for the recommended time for maximum effect.

Repeat the treatment for a second time seven days after the original treatment to kill any eggs that may hatch after the first treatment.

Check that all head lice have gone within two to three days of the final application of head lice treatment to complete the process.

Continue to check for head lice on a regular, weekly basis.For further information on head lice please see your pharmacist or visit