Dear Parents and carers,
Public health are keeping schools updated virtually daily on the developments of the coronavirus. Please see the advice below for the current recommendations. This page will be updated regularly when there are any changes to the advice being given.
This page is not complete and is being continually updated. Please keep checking in for the latest.
There is useful, child-friendly information on the newsround site: https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/51698180
it would be really helpful if families could share this at home, to reinforce the message given at school.
Advice from public health department as of the 17th March 2020:
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:
May we reassure our families that all local head teachers receive daily updates for educational settings from the government and local authority, and are working incredibly hard to manage many varied scenarios, and often many communications with families, related to this issue – and are doing so with the very best interests of their own school community at heart.
Advice from public health department
You can help to slow the spread of Coronavirus!
- Make sure you and your children follow these general principles to prevent spreading any respiratory virus:
- Wash your hands often – with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or an alcohol-based sanitiser if soap and water aren’t available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- If you feel unwell, stay at home and don’t attend work or school.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home.
Department for Education Coronavirus helpline - this helpline has been set up to answer questions about the virus related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline.