Coronavirus – Latest guidance from Public Health England
We are writing to let you know the latest guidance from Public Health England for schools on the Coronavirus. This guidance makes clear that no school should close in response to a suspected Coronavirus case unless specifically directed to do so by Public Health England. With that in mind I would like to reassure you that we are confident we are offering our students a safe environment in which to attend school.
The safety of our pupils is our top priority and we will continue to be in close contact with both Public Health England and the Department for Education to ensure their wellbeing. The school is rigorously cleaned on a regular basis and will continue to follow all official guidance.
The guidance also stresses the importance of personal hygiene as the most effective means of tackling Coronavirus. We will continue to encourage pupils to wash their hands upon arrival to school, and before and after lunch. We also ask that children wash their hands with soap and water before leaving home and when they return home from school.
It is advised to wash hands for the length of singing Happy Birthday TWICE!
How serious is the coronavirus?
It can cause flu-like symptoms, including fever, cough & difficulty breathing
The infection is not serious for most people, including children
Most people get better with enough rest, water to drink and medicine for pain
How likely are you to catch the virus?
You can only catch it if you have been close to a person who has the virus
The chance of being in contact with the virus is currently low in the UK
What should you do if you feel unwell?
Keep away from others and stay at home to stop the infection spreading. Avoid public transport if you think you have symptoms of Coronavirus. If you become unwell at a place of education, tell a member of staff and let them know if you have travelled to any other countries in the last 14 days.
Follow the UK Government advice for childcare or educational settings:
Parents can visit NHS.UK to find out more information.
Latest guidance for travellers
We wanted to keep you informed of the latest advice regarding the Coronavirus from Public Health England. We will continue to monitor the situation to ensure the wellbeing of our students and our staff.
This is a fast evolving situation and we will continue to share any new advice at the earliest opportunity. The current information for returning travellers is as follows:
1) If you have returned from the following areas since February 19, call NHS111 to inform them of your recent travel, stay indoors and avoid contact with other people even if you do not have symptoms:
- Specific lockdown areas in Northern Italy* as designated by the Government of Italy
- Daegu or Cheongdo, Republic of Korea)
- Hubei province, China (returned in the past 14 days)
* Bertonico • Casalpusterlengo • Castelgerundo • Castiglione D’Adda • Codogno • Fombio • Maleo • San Fiorano • Somaglia • Terranova dei Passerini: • Vo’ Euganeo
2) If you have returned from the following areas since February 19th and develop symptoms, however mild, you should stay indoors at home and avoid contact with other people immediately and call NHS111. You do not need to follow this advice if you have no symptoms.
- Northern Italy (see map)
3) If you have returned to the UK from any of the following 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, call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the country.
- Other parts of China outside Hubei province
- Republic of Korea
- Hong Kong
If any of these situations apply to you or your child please do contact the school at your earliest opportunity.
Further guidance for educational settings has been published at the following links and will be updated as soon as possible with the above advice and any further changes:
Information for the public:
We thought it was also worth echoing Public Health England’s advice that:
- the infection is not serious for most people, including children;
- most people get better with enough rest, water to drink and medicine for pain;
- you can only catch Coronavirus if you have been close to a person who has it; and the chance of being in contact with the virus is currently low in the UK; and
- If you or your child feels unwell, call NHS 111 immediately. Keep away from others and stay at home. Avoid public transport if you think you have symptoms. If you become unwell at school, tell a member of staff and let them know if you have travelled to any other countries in the last 14 days.
You can follow the UK Government advice for childcare or educational settings www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19 here. Parents can visit NHS.UK to find out more information.
Finally, we want to reassure you that the safety of our children, parents and staff is our first priority. We will continue to follow the advice from Public Health England, monitor the situation closely, and take all necessary precautions. We will keep you updated if there are any developments.