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Reception, Y1 and Y6 Letter to parents

Letter 14th May 2020 Critical Workers

What to know about the virus

The incubation period for this strain of coronavirus (COVID-19) is between 2 to 14 days. That means if a person is well 14 days after contact with someone with a confirmed case, they haven't been infected.

What are the symptoms?

They include:

  • Cough
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Fever

The virus can cause more severe symptoms in those with weakened immune systems. However, there's no evidence that children are more affected than other age groups.

How does it spread?

The virus is most likely to spread when someone has close contact (i.e. within 2 metres or less) with an infected person.

When an infected person coughs or sneezes, they produce droplets that contain the virus. These droplets are likely to be the most important means of transmission, as: 

  • Droplets can be directly transferred into the mouths or noses of people who have close contact
  • Someone may become infected by touching a surface or object (e.g. a door knob) that's been contaminated with the droplets and then touching their own mouth, nose or eyes 

There's currently no good evidence that people who don't have symptoms are infectious to others.

Preventing the spread

We encourage every class to:

  • Wash their hands often, with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, particularly:
    • Before leaving home
    • On arrival at school
    • After using the toilet
    • After breaks and sporting activities
    • Before preparing food
    • Before eating any food, including snacks
    • Before leaving school
  • If soap and water aren't available,  we use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol
  • Avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Cover their cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin
  • Avoid close contact with people who are unwell
  • We clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • If a child feels unwell, stay at home
  • If you're worried about your child's symptoms,  call NHS 111 and don't go directly to their GP or other healthcare environments


Twinkl is an internet site that schools use all the time. Leigh St Mary's have a whole school annual licence membership.

Due to the situation with regard to the coronavirus and the possibility of schools being closed, Twinkl have very kindly opened up their site free of charge to parents to use.

It is a huge site! Take a few minutes to sign up and have a look at the Parents section. If we have to close school then our teachers will be setting some work using Twinkl and it will help if you already know the site and have signed up (and if the Government does take that decision to close lots of families will be trying to access the site which will 'clog up' their site and it will slow it down.)


Twinkl web address:


Code to enter to gain free access: UKTWINKLHELPS


Then sign up and go to the Parents section - you will find lots of interactive games and ideas to keep everyone happy! 


Update Letter 18th March 2020

Key Worker Letter 190320